Compare 2012 Hyundai Sonata vs 2012 Kia Optima

2012 Hyundai Sonata
2012 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 22 34 $23,400 $24,745
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,434 $25,850
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $21,952 $23,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS 24 35 $18,971 $19,795
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,345
$23,455
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,195
$25,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$470 / month
$418 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
TCC’s 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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
54.9 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.8 102.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 34.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
189.8 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 110.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.4 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 12.6 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x 0.4 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R18 P215/55R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3452 3385
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.8 3.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
269 @ 1750-4500 269 @ 1750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
274 @ 6000 274 @ 6000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.65 4.65
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.83 2.83
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.89 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 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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