2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Review





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I honestly never thought I would like to own a Kia, let alone a Hybrid Kia but after having the opportunity to drive the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid around for a week I would like to own one now.

It is a 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and it is made in Georgia.  The base price is $25,700.  The way this car sits with all the options is $32,500 and well worth every penny.  Just the amount you will save in gas will be worth it.  It’s a midsize sedan but has tons of room in the car and in the trunk.

The outside is very sleek looking a very aerodynamic for fuel efficiency.  It has 17 inch tires with alloy rims, HID Headlights with Auto leveling, Fog Lights, Outside mirrors with Turn Signals, LED Tail Lights and Rear Lid Spoiler.

The warranty on it is fenomenal with 5 Years/60,000 Mile Limited Basic Warranty, 10 Year/100,000 Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty and 5 Year/60,000 Mile Roadside Assistance.

It has a  2.4-liter engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, 4 Cylinder, a 30-kw electric motor and lightweight lithium polymer batteries to provide a total 206 horsepower.  It has a 5 star crash rating from the NHTSA, 2012 IIHS Top Safety pick, the AJAC Award for 2012 Best Family Car and the US EPA SmartWay Certification Mark.  There are a total of 6 airbags in the car with 2 of them being full side air bags.

When you start the car, you don’t even know it’s running.  You don’t hear it and the only way to tell is by the “Ready” light on the dash.  While driving down the road I couldn’t tell when the motor was cutting out and the battery was taking over.  I didn’t have any problems going uphill or taking off from a stopped position.  And even though this was the first Hybrid car that I ever drove, I couldn’t feel any difference than a normal vehicle.

On the inside you have a majority of buttons right at your fingertips on the steering wheel so you never have to take your hands off the wheel. You have your controls for your radio on the left, your cruise control on the right, your trip info on the lower left and the hands free controls for your phone and voice commands with Bluetooth Wireless Technology on your lower right.   The steering wheel is also heated which is something that wouldn’t get much use down here in Florida.

You don’t need the key to start the car, you can leave it right in your purse or pocket and  just hit the start button.  On the drivers door you have the buttons to open the gas tank door and trunk.  It does have heated and cooled seats and although we don’t need the heated seats here in Florida, we definitely need the cooled seats.  It has a high and low and it feels like a small fan cooling your back and rear end.  It feels really good, and usually when my husband gets out of our car, the back of his shirt is soaked even with the air on.  He didn’t have that problem with the cooled seats in the Optima.   The transmission is a 6 speed Electronically Controlled Sportmatic® Overdrive.

I am 6 ft. tall with very long legs and I usually have a problem especially when sitting in a back seat.  Well, as you can see, I had no trouble sitting in the front or the back and the front seat was positioned as far back as it could go.  There is also plenty of room in the back seat to fit 3 adults or 3 car seats if needed.  There are 8 cup holders in the car, 4 in the front and 4 in the back.  It came with floor mats with the Optima name embroidered in the front set.

Now we are getting to the fun stuff.  The car gets 35 MPG City and 40 MPG HWY with 37 as the average.  I was able to achieve 42.5 and it is very hilly around my area and that was mostly city driving.  The car could get around 550 miles on a tank full of gas we were told but we went a total of 572 miles.  Let me just say that this was a very nice change because our car gets 12 MPG and about 200 miles to the tank full.  I could go almost half way to NY with this car before I had to fill it up.  The results will be different for every driver because my driving habits are totally different than my husbands and so will yours.

When you hit the trip button on the steering wheel, it takes you through all the pictures you see below.  First you have your MPG, then you have your ECO Score which I believe the higher the number the better because as my MPG got better my ECO Score went up.  If you have kids and sometimes they don’t close the door all the way, your dash will tell you, it will also tell you if the trunk is open.  Next up is the energy flow, you can’t see it in the picture but there are blue lines on the battery showing you how much it’s charged.  You don’t need to remember when it’s time to change your oil or rotate your tires because the car will tell you.  Every day it seems like we have less and less we have to remember (giggle).  Next we have how many miles I drove the car since I got it.  It came with a full tank of gas and I really didn’t think I was going to use it all, but I had so much fun driving it around that we went lots of places.  I don’t think we put that many miles on our car in a month normally.  Last but not least, you have the ECO level and outside temperature.

 Inside the vehicle the seats are two tone with Leather Seat Trim.  The seats were really comfortable and that’s always a plus especially when going on a long trip.  The Drivers seat has a Power Lumbar Support, and a Seat Memory for Driver 1 and 2.  Power Windows and Power Locks with passenger windows lockouts.  It has an Infinity Audio System which is part of the Premium Technology Package.  Also included is the Navigation system with Back-up Camera and Sirius Traffic and Sirius Satellite Radio.  The rear Outboard seats are also Heated.

 On the Entertainment System you will find your Navigation which is really nice because it does not need a disc inserted like I am used to with other vehicles.  You have your Engine giving energy from the Earth to your Electric Motor.  Your ECO level shows and as your driving you see your wheels spinning and the leaves flying.  The Energy Flow shows when your car is idling and when your system is charging.  I always thought you had to plug in cars like these, but boy was I ever wrong.  It also shows you your fuel consumption for the last 2.5 minutes.

There is a USB and Auxiliary Inputs Jacks but comes with a plug for you to plug in your iPhone 4S or earlier.  If you have an iPhone 5 you can just plug in your USB.

The battery is located in the trunk of the car.    It has LED Tail Lights, Turn Signals in the Mirrors which also are Power folding for tight spots. The KIA on the door sills light up and is the first car I ever saw do that.  It has a Panoramic Sunroof with shades in case it gets to sunny for you.  The trunk is huge and you can fit a whole shopping trip in it which is great because I can only fit about 3 bags in our trunk.

I told you there were too many features that I liked in this car and I could have actually taken more pictures but I figured this was enough.  I just keep on going when I get excited about something.  I think every one in our developement stopped to ask about the car and wanted to know more about it.  They couldn’t believe it was a Kia and got that kind of gas mileage.  I think I might have even talked a few people in to seriously thinking about purchasing one.  Our builders even got in the car and wanted to go for a ride with me to see how it ran.  They loved it.

My rating for the Kia Optima Hybrid is 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.  If I could give it more I would.  Thanks for coming along with me on this review and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Kia Motors provided me with this vehicle for an honest review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review if I so chose.  Regardless all opinions expressed are 100% my own and may differ from yours.  I only recommend items I would personally use and would benefit my readers.

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  1. natalie nichols says:

    I love this car. Kia has REALLY stepped it up!

  2. Amanda Tempel says:

    Kia’s are awesome! My mom and grandma both have 2, and I have wanted the Kia Optima Hybrid since I saw it. Not only does it get AMAZING gas mileage, but it looks so cool with the black roof.

  3. Tom Shewbridge says:

    Great review, Kia has stepped up in offering great looking cars, comparable to other makes…

  4. Tatanisha says:

    Great review! I own a KIA sorrento and I LOVE mines!! Great warranty and great gas mileage!!

  5. Wow, this looks like a fantastic car! It is beautiful too! If only I could afford it on my college budget, hehe! I really love how technologically-advanced and eco-friendly it is. My impression of smart cars is that they aren’t really stylish, so this has totally changed my perspective on the possibilities of the look of a smart car! 🙂

  6. I love the idea of a hybrid vehicle, unfortunately they haven’t come up with one in a 15 passenger van yet!

  7. I want it! That’s all I have to say! Oh and your review of it was perfect and so detailed, I still want it! 🙂

  8. Tatanisha says:

    I have the Sorrento and LOVE it!! Kia makes GREAT cars and the warranties are AWESOME!

  9. What a pretty car. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  10. Elizabeth T says:

    that is one sharp little ride love the tires and lights on it 🙂 it’s sexy lol PLH

  11. Sandra R says:

    WOW! That’s a neat looking car! I know my husband would LOVE to have one! Hopefully next year will get us a new car 🙂

  12. Wow! What a great looking car! I have always wanted to try a hybrid car but so far that hasn’t happened. Thanks for this review.

  13. michele d says:

    This review makes me want one.. What a beautiful car! I love the dashboard…

  14. Dawn Kropp says:

    High tech, energy saving and spiffy looking! Kias definitely are not what the used to be 🙂

  15. Wonderful review and the Kia is beautiful. 🙂

  16. Ashley Montgomery says:

    Nice review. Love the car!

  17. Lucky! 🙂 I haven’t checked out KIA since they were first out, it looks like they’ve come a long way. I’d have to check into their mini vans with my huge family, but it sounds like they’ve made some great improvements, so maybe I should add them to my list next time I’m car shopping.
    Thanks for the great review.

  18. Ashley T says:

    Kias have def come a long way… great review 🙂

  19. Jennifer Williams says:

    What a great review, there is so much detail it is impressive. I love Kia vehicles and am jealous that you got to test one out.

  20. Erinn S says:

    Great review! I never would expect the roominess and great interior.

  21. What a snazzy looking car! Sounds like Kia’s are getting much better these days!

  22. Woohoo….. look at you, what an awesome review. Cars are just getting smarter and smarter.

  23. I didn’t realize that the Optima had a hybrid version. That is awesome. Kia has really stepped it up. I like their cars!

  24. Wow! I worked at a KIA dealership 7 years ago, they have come a LONG way! That is a sweet car! I have been considering trading in my minivan for an SUV. If KIA has come this far on the Optima…wonder what the Sorento is like now! I liked them 7 years ago, so I may have to make a trip to the dealer this weekend and check it out! Thanks!

  25. Suzi Satterfield @ClothAddicts says:

    Since I live in the tundra, there’s nothing that I appreciate quite as much as heated seats in the winter… well, except for remote start! It certainly looks like a fun drive!

  26. That is seriously a very sexy car! I love it! I have driven a Kia before, when I had to rent a car, it was a Kia. It was 7 years ago and i have been in love with Kia ever since. They are amazing to drive. I really want a hybrid Kia, but we have too many kids to fit us all in one little hybrid car. Maybe when they are older and we don’t need car seats I’ll be able to have one.

  27. We have had a Kia for about 6 years and still love it!!! We’ll prob go with another one when this one finally decides its had enough lol

  28. jennifer zuna says:

    That is a sweet ride!! awesome review!

  29. LisaLisa says:

    Awesome review of the Kia Optima!! I love this car, we are in the market of buying a new car and Kia has really made me think twice. Awesome pictures great review!

  30. That is one nice looking car!! Love all the dashboard features. But my favorite has to be the entertainment system (and the iPod plug in!).