Kia Optima Hybrid Review

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

While the Kia Optima Hybrid is considerably outshined by the Toyota Prius, it is an economical hybrid choice at only $25,700. However, what the Optima Hybrid doesn’t have in fuel economy, it compensates for in its European flair.

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Specifications

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid offers a variety of features that make it stand out when compared to other hybrids in its class including:

  • an automatic transmission
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • cloth upholstery
  • Bluetooth and iPod input
  • stability control
  • traction control
  • satellite radio
  • optional navigation system
  • LED headlights
  • dual-zone automatic climate control
  • rear air vents
  • wood interior trim

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid is also available with an optional Technology package, which offers the following upgrades:

  • Xenon headlights
  • leather interior
  • auto dimming rear view mirror

Kia Optima Hybrid Powertrain, Performance

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid features a 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor. This hybrid sedan is able to produce 206 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque. While Kia advertises the mileage of the vehicle as 35 city/40 hwy mpg, real world testing of the hybrid vehicle put the real mileage of this vehicle at 33 city/35 hwy mpg. The six-speed auto transmission vehicle is also able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which is quite quick for a hybrid vehicle.

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Safety Features

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid did exceptionally well in 2011 government crash tests with an impressive 5 out of 5 stars in frontal and side impact crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also ranked the Kia Optima Hybrid at “good,” which is also impressive for this type of sedan. Other safety features that make this vehicle a sound safety choice include its four-wheel antilock brake system and its traction and stability control performance.

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid provides drivers with a comfortable drive. However, many drivers state the hybrid vehicle is difficult to steer. While the Kia Optima Hybrid performs extremely well on the highway, it does not fare as well during city driving. One of the biggest reasons it does not fare well under city driving circumstances is because it often lurches while it struggles to find the gear it needs. This struggle can make driving the vehicle in the city unpredictable.

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$25,700
  • MPG: 40
  • Body Type: Sedan
  • Model Year: 2012
  • Engine Size: 2.4L
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Fuel Type: Gas