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2013 Kia Optima

  • 2013 Kia Optima EX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/186
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,650
  • 2013 Kia Optima LX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      35
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/186
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $21,350
  • 2013 Kia Optima SX Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      274/269
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $26,800
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2013 Kia Optima Review

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Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Kia Optima midsize sedan boasts a sophisticated design, with sleek lines and high-quality interior. The family sedan stands out from its competition in terms of looks, but its driving performance may leave something to be desired. Powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2013 Kia Optima delivers 200 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 24/35 mpg city/highway. Kia offers a model to fit with any lifestyle, including the LX, EX, SX, SX Limited, LX Hybrid, and EX Hybrid.

In an early 2013 road test, the 2013 Kia Optima SXL looked the part of a luxury vehicle, but the drive and feel were put to the test. Thanks to its style and being loaded with features, the Optima proved fun to drive. The interior feels upscale thanks to premium material selections and array of features. The brakes were one of the only downsides to the vehicle. "But the Kia is the dark horse, still largely unknown. And if you're going to spend a fairly substantial sum of cash on a family hauler and don't want the conspicuousness of a Lexus or a German badge--but you do want all the amenities they used to afford--the Optima may just be the one to get."

As an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the 2013 Kia Optima is the perfect car for families that want an added sense of luxury. The cabin offers a European feel, with soft-touch material throughout the interior. All passengers, in both the front and rear seats have ample head and legroom, and cargo space is average for its class at 15.4 cubic feet. Taller passengers should rethink the panoramic sunroof as it cuts into headroom. Hybrid models have a slightly smaller amount of cargo room as the hybrid battery pack uses up some of it. Kia's Uvo infotainment system that comes standard on all but the non-hybrid LX models, offers voice controls, navigation, and stereo controls that are easy to use.

New for 2013

The 2013 Kia Optima features new badging on the hood, trunk, and steering wheel. The LX manual transmission and EX turbo models have been dropped for the new model year, and Remington Red exterior paint color replaces Spicy Red. The Limited model has been added, and the Optima Hybrid models are now offered in two trim levels and have a revised hybrid powertrain.

You'll Like:

  • Good fuel economy
  • Strong acceleration
  • Stylish interior and exterior

You Won't Like:

  • Cramped rear headroom
  • Brake response
  • Driving performance

Key Competitors:

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Toyota Camry

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