2012 KIA Optima SX

The 2012 KIA Optima SX has beautiful styling, a long list of features and enjoyable driving dynamics. Lauren Fix, The Car Coach, has the details.

Model – 2012 KIA Optima SX

MPG – 22/34 mpg
Engine – 2.0L Turbo with 274 hp and tons of torque.
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Price – starts at $26,500

The 2012 KIA Optima SX offers these standard features:

· Bluetooth
· iPod input
· Satellite radio
· Side/Curtain Airbags
· Stability Control
· Traction Control
· Standard 18″ wheels
· Navigation System (Optional)

The Optima SX is attractive and spacious. Behind the wheel, it’s a good balance of comfort and sporty handling around turns. If you have a lead foot, then you will love the turbocharged SX model; it has power that matches most V6 engines and still gets respectable fuel economy.

Our test vehicle included the technology package: UVO and Sirius radio; panoramic sunroof; high quality Infinity Audio; rear backup camera and enjoyable heated front and rear seats; plus cooled front seats.

Overall, the Optima SX provides pleasing performance, good fuel economy and a spacious, high-tech interior, all of which combine to make it a great value.

Competes with:

· Ford Fusion
· Toyota Camry
· Dodge Dart
· VW Jetta GLI
· Nissan Altima
· And many others


· Good looking, stylish design
· More premium features than its competition
· Great pricing and long warranty
· Powerful, very responsive engine with great fuel economy


· Needs lumbar on passenger side
· Would like a larger navigation screen

The 2012 KIA Optima SX is an affordable, fun-to-drive vehicle that offers great driving dynamics, wrapped in a stylish package that provides all it promises.

Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.

Courtesy of YNN/ Time Warner Cable
Aired: 10/02/2012

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