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2012 Kia Optima

The 2012 Kia Optima is available in two fuel-efficient and powerful Theta II powerplants featuring gasoline direct injection (GDI), including a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine. The 2.4-liter GDI engine produces 200 horsepower while upgrading to the available 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine (EX Turbo and SX models) delivers V6-type power with a four-cylinder engine that produces 274 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All automatics feature Sportmatic clutchless shifting. A single six-speed manual transmission is available only on the LX model. In addition to impressive performance, both engines also offer competitive fuel economy. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder posts 24/35 miles per gallon (mpg)10 (city/highway) when mated to the manual transmission and 24/34 mpg when coupled with the automatic transmission, while the 2.0-liter turbo GDI offers 22/34 mpg11 and is available only with the automatic transmission.

Every 2012 Optima comes well equipped with a generous roster of standard features, with the LX trim offering dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, outside mirror turn signal indicators, front fog lights, outside heated mirrors, and new chrome accented outside door handles and 16-inch steel wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires. LX models equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission add 16-inch alloy wheels. The volume-leading EX trim offers larger 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with 215/55R17 tires while the EX Turbo features a black gloss and chrome front grille and LED tail lights. Moving to the top-of-the-line SX trim, consumers will find unique 18-inch polished alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tires, unique front and rear lower bumpers and side sills, a rear lip spoiler, aero wiper blades, and HID head lights with auto leveling.

Cabin comfort is complemented by an impressive list of standard technology features including AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio capabilities and three months complimentary service3, Bluetooth4 wireless connectivity, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Optima LX models with automatic transmission also feature cruise control and an Active Eco System that allows drivers to optimize fuel efficiency while driving. Adding to the refinement of the EX trim, 2012 models add standard wood trim to door inserts and the center console as well as metal bezel trim. Additional standard premium features on every EX model include UVO powered by Microsoft voice-activated infotainment system, push button-start ignition with Smart Key, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with rear vents, leather seat trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink¬ģ5 and compass, driver and front passenger automatic window up/down and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, door mood lamp and overhead pin lamp, chrome inside door handles, illuminated glove box, rear reading lamps, and floor mats. EX Turbo models replace the Tire Mobility Kit with a compact spare tire. For consumers looking for more athletic appeal, the turbocharged Optima SX adds unique black leather and woven seat trim, black interior trim with carbon fiber door and center console inserts, Supervision meter cluster with LCD display, soft trim with French seams, steering wheel paddle shifters, metal pedals and illuminated door scuff plates.

Several available packages add higher levels of refinement and the latest technology to 2012 Optima models. The Convenience Package (LX A/T only) offers an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink, while the LX Technology Package (requires Convenience Package) adds the navigation system with back-up camera6, an eight-speaker Infinity7 audio system and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear ventilation. Building on the already well-equipped EX trim, consumers can opt for the Premium Package to add several new-for-2012 features, including UVO voice-activated infotainment system, HD Radio, eight-speaker Infinity audio system and power folding outside mirrors. The EX Premium Package also offers a panoramic sunroof with high-gloss black B-pillar, four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, driver’s seat memory, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, wood interior trim and center console and metal-finished shifter. The EX Technology Package (requires Premium Package) adds a navigation system with back-up camera8. Three packages are offered for the 2012 Optima SX, beginning with the Premium Package that features the same equipment as the EX Premium Packages. The SX Premium Touring Package adds unique 18-inch luxury wheels to the Premium Package’s content while the Technology Package (requires Premium or Premium Touring Package) features a navigation system with back-up camera and SiriusXM Traffic9 with real-time updates.


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