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2013 Kia Optima LX Sedan

2013 Kia Optima Review

(0 Stars)  Power and price keep the competition on their toes.

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New For 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.
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.

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2013 Optima LX Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 24 MPG city, 35 MPG highway, 28 MPG combined and 518 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
18.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 200 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 186 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm

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'13 Kia LX Sedan 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
Side Air Bag(s)
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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