2012 Kia Optima ~ Mixing Family with Luxury is Possible!
Last week I had an amazing opportunity to review a brand new 2012 Kia Optima for 7 days. How well did the Optima handle? Did our food shopping trip turn out to be a positive experience? Was the vehicle safe and reliable for our family? Well, I have a lot of great things to say and think you will all learn a lot about the Optima in this review.
I was sad to see the Optima leave, but also happy to say that we are considering a purchase for our family! We are looking to replace both of our vehicles over the summer, so this Kia Optima review was really perfect timing for our family. I received so many compliments from neighbors, pedestrians, and bystanders as I drove down the street. That’s how you know the car you are driving is a real showstopper!
Sure, I had to make sure it was SAFE (first and foremost), but I knew by the end of the week that this car was turning heads. I couldn’t believe how many people wished us best of luck with our new car. I had to sign when it ws time to explain the car wasn’t mine, but rather a review vehicle.
Here’s what I found out about the Kia Optima and how much we enjoyed our 7-day trial review period! ⇒
My first impression was that the Optima was a truly stunning vehicle featuring the look of luxury, but the feel for a family-friendly experience. The color was absolutely radiant and would probably be my choice color for the Optima. I have seen the car in the other available colors, but nothing stood out and looked as fabulous as this red color. The size was perfect and the interior was gorgeous. The trunk was large and would definitely handle our food shopping trips without any trouble. I was very excited to get on the road – and so was my son!
As soon as our 2012 Optima was dropped off, I began the review immediately. My son was impatiently waiting for the car to arrive and begged me to take a ride. We hopped in and decided to take a trip to my parents house to visit my grandmother and her nurses aide, which we normally do at least once a week.
First thing that I did was setup the bluetooth so that I could safely drive handsfree while talking to my husband. Setup was cinch and actually much easier than our other vehicles. This is a huge plus, especially since I have spent countless hours setting up other phones in our vehicles.
I love the onscreen navigation features in the Kia Optima. Inputting our destination, searching for local attractions or gas stations, or mapping out a detour due to construction was very easy to do. There was nothing about the onscreen options that I found to be difficult or overwhelming.
Check out the size of this trunk! We went food shopping twice while we had our Optima for review. The trunk size made shopping much easier than what we are used to with our vehicles. We always have an overflow that has to go into the backseat with our son – and sometimes I have to put bags on the passenger side! I was able to fit all of our grocery bags (and still had extra room!) while food shopping with the 2012 Kia Optima!
The interior is gorgeous and true luxury, but also family-friendly, which is very important! Having children and a luxury car normally does not jive well or make much sense. One of our vehicles is a sports car, which we purchased just a few months before we found out that we were having a baby. As much as we love the car, I have always had a difficult time handling a child, groceries, and everything else with the small size, especially the backseat and trunk.
I love that the Optima is a feel-good luxury sedan, but functions and size are family-friendly. The backseat has plenty of legroom and overall space for my son and his toys, which is a nightmare in our sports car!
Safety is our number one priority. It always has been and always will be, but the way I look at a car changed dramatically after our son was born. I am carrying some very precious cargo, so I need to make sure the vehicle can (God forbid) withstand an impact and protect us from injury.
The 2012 Kia Optima safety features were very impressive and definitely made our family feel safe knowing we were protected. Each side of the vehicle features full-length side curtain airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, front seat-belt pretensioners, lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH), and many more safety features for the interior of the Optima.
I never knew how important the LATCH system would be until we had a child of our own. They actually make it a lost easier to securely install a child seat in any of the three rear seating positions. Although we do not need to use the LATCH anchor systems anymore, I do need to consider this feature since we plan on having another child in the very near future.
Beyond the already impressive interior safety features, I learned that the Kia Optima has front and rear crumple zones, electronic stability control (ESC), side-impact door beams, and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD). These are just a few of the impressive exterior safety features found on the 2012 Kia Optima.
Check out some pictures of the 2012 Kia Optima interior ⇒
Another important feature that I love is the backup camera, which automatically appears on the screen console when the car is in reverse. Living in New York City, I cannot stress the importance and helpfulness of a camera to help park my car. Sure, I have been doing it all alone without a camera for over a decade, but now that I have a child and sometimes have a babbling or crying backseat driver, I can tell you that a backup camera is a huge time and lifesaver feature.
The screen will display a grid to help you park your Optima. There is a green, yellow, and red grid space that guides you along into a safe to danger zone. Once the object or another vehicle starts to appear inside of the RED zone – stop! You are getting too close and it is time to put that car in park!
I was very sad to see the Optima go, but we are definitely considering purchasing or leasing one for our family. I felt very safe, comfortable, and able to handle any and all errands that came my way. Food shopping was a cinch and it was amazing on gas!
We drove plenty of miles to get a real feel for the car. I drove all around Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and even took a dip into New York City for a local event in Manhattan! The Optima was able to sustain all terrains, situations, and definitely impressed our family!
Who was the saddest family member when the Kia optima drove away? MY 3-YEAR OLD SON!
Disclosure: I received a 2012 Kia Optima for 7 days in order to compose an honest, accurate, and descriptive review based on the experiences our family had with the car. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. I am disclosing this information as part of FTC