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2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Kia Optima

  2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Side Exterior View 2012 Kia Optima
MSRP
$19,795
$19,500
Invoice $18,971 $19,095
MPG
City/Highway
22/39 22/39
Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
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Bottom Line After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar. Read Full Review The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Curvaceous styling
  • A fuel-sipper in every trim
  • Ride is well-damped
  • Standard features list is long
  • A Top Safety Pick

Dislikes:

  • Steering feels inconsistent
  • Firm seats
  • Noisy cabin, at higher speeds
  • Will the look wear off?

Likes:

  • Handsome, chiseled shape
  • Interior looks sporty, refined
  • Engaging handling
  • Great gas mileage
  • Bluetooth is standard

Dislikes:

  • Seats have short, flat bottom cushions
  • Fast roofline cuts down on head room
  • Nav system eliminates UVO
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