2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid is designed to help drivers save money on the cost of gas. It has a lot of updated features that make driving a unique experience.


The estimated MPG in the city is 35 and on the highway is 40. The tank capacity is 17.2 gallons and the voltage of the battery is 270. The power output of the battery is 1.4kWh and is lithium polymer.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: $25,700.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gallons (65L) MPG: 35 city / 40 hwy
Length: 190.7 in. (484.3 cm) Wheel Base: 110.4 in. (280.4 cm)
Height: 57.3 in. (145.5 cm) Width: 72.1 in. (183.1 cm)
Curb Weight: 3490 lbs (1583 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.1 in. (12.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 9.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 2.4L 4 Cylinder Hybrid Compression Ratio: 13.0: 1
Horsepower: 206 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 195 lbft @ 4250 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic


The engine is a 2.4 L, 4-cylinder hybrid system. It has 4 valves per cylinder and 206 hp @ 6,000 rpm. The transmission is a 6-speed electronic Sportmatic overdrive.


The overall design of the Optima sedan is sleek and compact. It comes with 16″ alloy wheels and a unique front grille design. The front is sculpted to flow nicely with the small spoiler on the back. The chrome door handles accent the car well and the projection headlights make for easier driving. The side mirrors have LED turn signals on them for added protection when turning. These mirrors are also heated, which means outside conditions won’t affect clarity while driving.


The inside of the Kia Optima Hybrid is equipped with an AM/FM/MP3 audio system that will also play Sirius XM. There are 6-speakers that come standard for the best sound possible. Bluetooth is compatible for anyone how has it and there are input jacks for USBs.

Starting the car is done with a simple push of a button because this vehicle comes with a smart key. The steering wheel has the audio controls mounted right on them for easy and safe listening while driving.

The Eco Minder is an indicator that alerts that driver when they reach the best fuel economy. All door locks are powered and the windows are power as well. The cooling glove box is perhaps one of the most unique features since it chills items that are inside.

Rear reading lamps provide a dim light for rear passengers who need added visibility. There are map and bottle pockets in both the front and the back along with armrests.

Safety & Reliability

The full-length side curtain airbags are standard and will come out when a passenger seat belt is used during a collision. There are monitors throughout the car that will sense a collision and the severity of the impact.

This will control how much the airbags inflate so the driver and passengers are less likely to sustain injuries. The seat belts in the front have pre-tensioners on them for a secure fit. These will tighten if there is a collision to help prevent more injuries from happening. Front active headrests will move forward to help prevent injury during rear collisions.

Pros & Cons

This car offers a smooth and quiet ride and noise isn’t much of an issue. There are enough airbags to protect everyone inside, including small children in car seats. Individuals who want to save on gas will appreciate being in electric-only mode as long as they don’t go over 65 mph. The price tag on this particular vehicle is also a lot cheaper than similar models.

One of the downsides of this car is that it’s only available in one option package. The outside design might not be appealing for drivers who like a sporty type of car. It’s also noted that the computer controls and hybrid system don’t always communicate in the ways that they should.


The Hybrid segment has grown, the Optima Hybrid is joined by the Toyota Camry Hybrid (MSRP $25,990; 43 city / 39 hwy), Ford Fusion Hybrid (MSRP $28,775; 41 city / 36 hwy), and the Honda Accord (MSRP $25,205; 23 city / 34 hwy).

What others say:

“The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid remains primarily unchanged following its introduction in 2011. Kia’s first hybrid vehicle for the U.S. market, the Optima Hybrid can be driven in full-electric mode at speeds up to 62 mph or in combined gas-electric mode at any speed.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports