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2012 Kia Optima

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2012 Kia Optima

Kia Optima highlights

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4.5 out of 5

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 35 highway, 28 combined

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(no current inventory)

Distance from

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2012 Kia Optima has been reviewed by customers who love the car. They like the style, amenities, and gas mileage. They also like the car's handling and responsiveness.
5 Stars31
4 Stars13
3 Stars2
2 Stars0
1 Star0

RepairPal reliability rating**

RepairPal gave the Kia Optima an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Optima 7th out of 31 among Midsize Cars.
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**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

Explore Kia Optima details

LX 2WD 4D Sedan

Engine type


Drive type



Manual 6


200 @ 6300


186 @ 4250

Seating capacity


* Price excludes taxes, title, registration, and fees. Applicable transfer fees are due in advance of vehicle delivery and are separate from sales transactions.