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2012 Kia Optima review

The new 2012 Kia Optima mid-size sedan In its first year on the market, the 2011 Kia Optima earned consumer and critical acclaim while sales increased nearly 150 percent and demand outpaced supply. 2012 Kia Optima photo The extraordinary growth is complemented by a slew of awards and accolades, such as being named "Most Gorgeous Car Under $20k" by Esquire, a 2011 "Editors' Most Wanted" vehicle by Edmunds' Inside Line, 2011 "Best New Model" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and inclusion on the "Ward's 10 Best Interiors" list. In addition to being recognized in the press, Optima also has received prestigious safety accolades being named a 2011 "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and receiving an overall five-star crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 2012 Kia Optima photo Available in three trims – LX, EX, and SX – the Optima builds on an alre…

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid review

The new 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Mid-size hybrid sedan Kia Motors America (KMA) is one of the automotive industry's current fuel economy leaders, and that position was strengthened with the launch of the 2011 Optima Hybrid, the brand's first hybrid vehicle in the U.S. 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid photo Designed to appeal to consumers looking for a stylish and well-appointed sedan that does not sacrifice style, comfort, performance or value for fuel efficiency, the Optima Hybrid offers the same combination of head-turning design and modern amenities that earned critical and consumer acclaim for the Optima following its debut, and adds a more fuel-efficient drivetrain and state-of-the-art lithium-polymer battery pack to deliver up to 35 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and a class-leading 40 mpg2 on the highway. 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid photo Available in two configurations – base model or with an advanced Hybrid Premium and Technology Package – all Optima Hybrids offer several features,…

2012 Kia Sorento review

The new 2012 Kia Sorento crossover The Sorento compact crossover enters its second model year with an impressive resumé of awards and accolades, including being recognized as a 2011 "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 2012 Kia Sorento photo Launched as part of the company's design-led transformation, the Sorento presents consumers with a well-equipped, well-appointed CUV with impressive power, fuel efficiency and handling suited for the fun, dynamic and discerning driver, and offers a generous list of standard comfort and convenience features as well as an impressive array of safety equipment. The Sorento also has achieved a number of historic firsts for Kia, including being the first vehicle built at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) in West Point, Georgia, and becoming the company's first vehicle to surpass sales of 100,000 units in a single year. 2012 Kia Sorento photo The Sorento builds on its initial success for the 2012 …

2012 Kia Sportage review

The new 2012 Kia Sportage crossover Since debuting in summer 2010, the stylish and powerful Sportage compact crossover has received tremendous praise and experienced remarkable growth – sales more than tripled in the year following its launch – and Kia's venerable CUV was selected as the 2011 "International Truck of the Year" by International Car of the Year (ICOTY) jurors. 2012 Kia Sportage photo For 2012, Sportage offers increased levels of refinement and comfort and new available in-car infotainment technology along with its world-class design, fun-to-drive performance and class-leading fuel economy. In keeping with Kia's commitment to safety, the Sportage offers an impressive roster of standard safety equipment and has been recognized as a 2011 "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 2012 Kia Sportage photo Building on the Sportage's already successful foundation, the 2012 model adds numerous enhancements designed to i…