• Sharp-looking design
  • Good fuel economy
  • Aggressively priced
  • Big pool of rivals
  • Not particularly sporty
SUM UP Power and price keep the competition on their toes.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Optima in 2013

The LX manual transmission and EX turbo models are no longer available. There’s a new “Kia” badge on the hood, trunk, and steering wheel of all Optimas. Remington red replaces spicy red as an exterior color...more


The Optima sedan was all-new two years ago and, for the most part, has not seen many changes since then. The Optima is still impressive, however, with bold lines and sporty proportions that give it a lot of curb appeal. The Optima is based on the Hyundai Sonata, and although they use the same running gear, the two cars share no exterior body panels. The base engine for the Optima is a 200-hp direct-injected four-cylinder. A 274-hp turbocharged in-line four and a Hybrid model round out the power choices. The Hybrid gets excellent fuel economy but doesn’t have the most polished hybrid powertrain in the segment. The base engine also gets very good fuel economy, and the turbo adds lots of power without much of a mileage penalty. The turbo four can be found in the Optima SX Limited, the newest trim level for the car. It includes nappa leather seats, eighteen-inch chrome wheels, LED daytime running lights, red brake calipers, chrome exterior accents, and wood interior accents. The current Optima has little to do with the milquetoast Optima sedans of the past. The four-door sedan is larger and rides on a longer wheelbase that frees up an additional 2.9 inches of legroom. The Optima is built in Kia’s plant in West Point, Georgia, alongside the Sorento. Optima Hybrids, however, are imported from Korea.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; active front headrests; ABS with brake assist; stability and traction control; and hill assist are standard.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Kia Optima

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

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2013 Optima Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning


  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer


  • Brake Assist
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control


  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Satellite Radio


  • Blue Tooth Compatible

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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