KIA has had a long and fruitful history of producing affordable, fuel-efficient, and fun to drive vehicles and since 2000, the KIA Optima has represented everything that KIA has striven for. With the introduction of the 2012 Optima, it’s become apparent that KIA is ready to tango with big name competitors like the 2012 Honda Accord and has actually outshone its older more popular contender in a number of key aspects.
Orlando KIA shoppers will be thrilled to learn that the 2012 KIA Optima is available at the local dealership Orlando KIA North. As a leading KIA dealer serving Orlando, Orlando KIA North is overjoyed for the opportunity to put shoppers behind the wheel of this amazing new model and take her for a spin.
While the Honda Accord has had nearly a 20-year head start on the KIA Optima, the 2012 model has finally crept past the Accord, securing its place as a leading mid-sized sedan in a number of respects. Some of the categories the Optima defeated the Accord in include base price, fuel economy, engine power, and interior features.
One of the first things that Orlando KIA fans are going to want to know about these two vehicles is the price difference. The 2012 KIA Optima has a base price of $23,200, a destination travel charge of $750, and when equipped with a dealer-suggested options package, comes to $23,950. The Honda Accord’s base price is set at $25,105, a destination charge of $770, and $25,875 with the option package installed.
The Honda Accord’s engine also fell short to the KIA Optima’s. Both feature a 2.4L 4-cylinder standard, however the Optima trumps Honda’s 190-hp and 162 lb-ft of torque with an impressive 200-hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. The Optima also has a slightly higher fuel-efficiency, boasting 24-mpg in the city and 35-mpg on the highway over the Accord’s 23-mpg city and 34-mpg highway.
The options available for the base model Optima well surpass those available for the Accord. Features like heated front and rear seats, power driver’s seat memory settings, automatic climate control, multi-adjustable passenger’s seat, dual zone temperature controls, satellite radio, leather seats, and auto-dimming rearview mirrors are all available or standard on the 2012 KIA Optima, while many of the same features either aren’t available or aren’t available as standard fare with the Accord.
Orlando KIA shoppers interested in learning more about the 2012 Optima should head on down to Orlando KIA North, located at 625 North US Highway 17-92 in Longwood, and give it a test drive. If you have any other questions regarding Orlando KIA North, please feel free to give them a call at 800-536-9613 or you can visit their website at www.orlandokianorth.com.