The Car Coach: 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.
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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:
· 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.
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· 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.