2012 KIA Optima EX — no pain at the pump
by Dave Stall

2012 KIA Optima EXI recently planned a drive to Sacramento for business and needed a fuel efficient car that was comfortable or the long haul up I-5. Decisions, decisions. I chose on the KIA Optima EX automatic with A/C as there were 100 degree temps on the road.

The KIA Optima EX comes well equipped. The 2.4-liter four cylinder fuel injected engine is backed by a 6-speed Sportmatic transmission, electric power steering.

I asked for the EX Technology Package that includes navigation system with Sirius Radio, Bluetooth connectivity as well as panoramic sunroofs, power folding outside mirrors,

Infinity audio system with 8 speakers, UVO-in-vehicle infotainment system, HD radio, rear camera display, power front passenger seat and memory for the drivers seat, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The KIA was painted a beautiful Spicy Red with sand and black interior. It handled well, and when I stopped for gas there was no pain. I felt great!

This road test really sold me on this KIA, not only was it comfortable, the navigation got me where I needed to go effortlessly. The EPA fuel readings are 24 MPG city, 35 freeway. I averaged 47 MPG on regular fuel using cruise control and the system set at 68 miles per hour all the way up and all the way back. The money I saved in fuel mileage is a major bonus, plus I look real good in this car.

2012 KIA Optima EXThe car carries a five year 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Add the Hyundai Extended Service contract and the car is warranted for 10 years /100,000 miles.

The KIA is based out at $23,200 plus tax and license, $28,300 including $750 freight charges. Go drive one!

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