in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $18,916 - $18,916
Original MSRP: $25,800 - $25,800
MPG: 34 City / 39 Hwy
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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Interior

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The interior in the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid doesn’t stray much from the gas-only Optima, and reviewers say that’s a good thing. They like the high-quality materials, good craftsmanship, long list of standard features and comfortable, roomy seats. Although auto critics are disappointed with the small trunk, they don’t think it’s a big deal. Most hybrids have smaller trunks due to the battery pack taking up space.

  • "On the inside, the fit-and-finish is first-rate, the ergonomics are solid, and the slight angle of the cockpit toward the driver is a very nice touch." -- HybridCars.com
  • "Nor does the cabin spoil the plot. Here, too, the Optima Hybrid is largely similar to the base Optima, and that's no bad thing." -- Edmunds
  • "Materials appear high-quality throughout, and controls move with precision." -- Consumer Guide

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The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid has a spacious cabin with comfortable seats. If you add the premium package, you’ll get leather heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats. Heated rear seats are a rare feature among affordable midsize cars.

  • "It's a handsome cabin with seats that are on the flat side and enough room front and rear to keep everyone on speaking terms." -- Edmunds
  • "Most adults should have adequate headroom and legroom, although the available panoramic sunroof's housing cuts into headroom slightly for tall drivers. Seats are comfortable and supportive. The driver seat provides a great range of fore/aft travel, making it simple for most adults to find a comfortable driving position. Visibility is good all-around." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior features the same attractive, comfortable seats and swank décor as in other Optimas. … " -- Car and Driver 

Interior Features

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid comes standard with a backup camera, Microsoft’s voice-activated UVO infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary jacks, satellite radio, push-button start, dual-zone climate control and a cooled glove box. Test drivers like that the Optima Hybrid has so many standard features, as well as optional features that rival upscale midsize cars. These include navigation, a rearview camera, an auto dimming rearview mirror, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, leather-trimmed seats and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system.

  • "Standard air-conditioned glovebox is a nice touch that helps keep water bottles cool." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Optima Hybrids comes well-equipped." -- Left Lane News


In hybrid cars, cargo space usually suffers compared with gas-only cars because the battery pack takes up trunk space. The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid has 9.89 cubic feet of space, which is less than the 10.7 cubic feet of trunk room in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the 15.43 cubic feet in the non-hybrid Optima. Although reviewers are disappointed with the Optima Hybrid’s small trunk, it’s expected in a hybrid car. Although the rear seats don’t fold down to boost cargo space, there is a pass-through for longer items.

  • "One significant demerit: The hybrid’s trunk volume is down by more than a third, to just 9.9 cubic feet." -- Car and Driver
  • "Trunk volume is somewhat smaller than the base car due to the hybrid battery pack snuggled up tight against the backseat." -- Edmunds

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