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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

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I love cars especially new cars and I was super excited when I recently got the chance to review the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid.

I see more and more hybrids on the road and I always wonder how much better they are on gas then a traditional car since they are both gas and electric.  The Kia Optima Hybrid has about an 18 gallon gas tank and I was getting about 500 – 550 miles on a tank of gas.  I was averaging around 32.2 miles per gallon which in my opinion is awesome for a mid to large size sedan.  In comparison I drive a pretty small car that gets about 27 miles to the gallon and Melinda drives a minivan that get about 18 miles per gallon so as you can see the Kia Optima Hybrid is very good on gas especially for its size.

Not only was I impressed with the terrific gas mileage but I was also very impressed with the inside of the Kia.  It came loaded with heated and cooled front seats (how cool is it to heat and cool your butt, LOL), heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, full leather, GPS, satellite radio, backup camera, panoramic sunroof, push button start and the list goes on and on.  I must admit this is the first car that I have seen that comes with rear heated seats which I didn’t notice until Shaun pointed it out to me.   

For you car geeks like myself if comes with a 2.4L 4-cyl Hybrid engine, 6 speed sportmatic transmission, 16” tires and alloy wheels, ABS brakes, traction control system and electronic stability control.  The Kia Optima Hybrid also came with Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and full length side curtain airbags.  This Kia was loaded with comfort, safety and was great on gas; what more could you ask for in a car.  

The Kia Optima Hybrid was a blast to drive but it took me a while to get used to how quit it was since it is a hybrid.  I would start the car and have to double check the RPM gauge to be sure it was running; that is how quiet this car is.  It also took a little getting used to the acceleration again because it is a hybrid it’s a little different than a traditional gas vehicle but after getting used to it the Kia took off like a rocket.

I will say that Melinda and I were very impressed with everything that the Kia Optima Hybrid had to offer and Melinda even said she could see herself driving this car on a daily basis.  I will admit that I really do love the gas mileage that this vehicle gets and could see replacing one of our cars with the Kia Hybrid for sure.

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Comments

  1. Joy Williams says:

    Holy Cool Car! I love the interior design as well as the slick exterior look! And the gas mileage to boot! Its definitely one worth considering the next time we shop.

    • It is a very nice car for sure and the gas milage does make it that much more better of a car which is already totally awesome.

  2. My husband is not a fan of Kia – I don’t know why, he just isn’t. But, I do love that you got such great gas mileage! It is a beautiful car!

    • In my opinion Kia has come a long way and make very nice vehicles. The Optima Hybrid was a very very nice car to drive and one I would consider buying if we were in the market for a new car.

  3. That is a nice looking car! We used to love our Kia Sportage and will likely own another Kia someday. :D

  4. Jessica Beard says:

    This looks like a nice car. My husband would really really a hybrid car to save on gas. A quiet car is always nice too.

  5. Mellisa says:

    I am so impressed with Kia! This car looks amazing and has all the bells and whistles that a really expensive car would. I love that fact that it’s a Hybrid, I’ll definitely keep Kia in mind on my next car purchase.

    • It isn’t what I would call cheap but not expensive either. I would say right in the middle for what a nice car with everything should cost.

  6. That is a beautiful car! I love how high-tech the inside is!

    • It is a super nice car and you are right very high-tech. It has everything you would want on the inside of a car.

  7. Elena says:

    Looks very nice! Kia is one of the cars I am considering to buy

  8. I’ve got new car envy, and that’s a beautiful one. I like the color of it, too.

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