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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,095
$19,746
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$20,590
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$343 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Cars Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 57.0
Front Leg Room (in) 45.5 42.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 34.7 39.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.3
Second Hip Room (in) 54.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.2 102.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.0 61.0
Wheelbase (in) 110.0 110.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.1 72.2
Track Width, Front (in) 63.0 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.3 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 191.6
Height, Overall (in) 57.3 58.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 15.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.2 x - TBD - 10.7 x 0.4
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 36.4
Tires
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60R16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60R16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size NA - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3206 3166
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 3.7 9.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 186 @ 4250 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 6300 170 @ 5700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 32
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.93 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.33-3.25 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.26 3.78
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.69 1.27
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.02 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.5 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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