2013 Kia Optima

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2013 Kia Optima Sedan Reviewed

Ever since its initial launch, the newly transformed Optima has become one of the best looking vehicles in any class. Going on its third year of this design, seeing one on the street never gets old. This mid-size sedan was built with the looks and features to compete against the strongest vehicles in the class, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. In addition to its good looks, Kia cemented its popularity by making it one of the most well-equipped sedans it its class as well. However, the Optima faces stiff competition as the new Accord, Altima, and Fusion are all launching with completely new redesigns for 2013.

One of the outstanding features of the Kia Optima is its extensive lineup featuring three engines (including a hybrid) and an option for a manual transmission spanning over 7 trim levels. This gives a wide range of shoppers with different budgets a chance to drive an extremely well designed and equipped vehicle. The standard 2.0L engine produces 200 horsepower with its 4 cylinders, but enthusiasts will lean towards the turbocharged 4 cylinder generating 274 horsepower. Both gas engines get attractive gas mileage for its class, and provide ample power for this vehicle. One small drawback of the Optima is that it is only offered in a FWD configuration.  Enthusiasts opting for the 274 horsepower engine would probably wish there was a RWD version, whereas Canadians tackling rough winters might have opted for an AWD version if it was available.

Sharing a platform with the Hyundai Sonata, the Optima somehow manages a more nimble drive, utilizing its power more effectively. The ride comfort leans on the firmer side compared to other similarly priced sedans, but it suits its sport look and nature. Probably because of its stunning exterior looks, the well-designed Optima interior rarely gets the attention it deserves. The seats are firm and supportive, and cooled seats are available as an option for the front, while cooled and heated seats are available for both rows.

Attention to detail and standard features are what make the Optima such a strong competitor in its segment. Some standard features include air conditioning, a cooling glove box for drinks, a trip computer, and steering wheel mounted controls for the audio, cruise control, and phone systems. For the tech savvy, Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth are standard while a Microsoft designed UVO infotainment system is available on most trims. For buyers more focused on practicality, the Optima features 60/40 split folding rear seats and a power driver seat on all models.

Buyers looking for a sedan with class-leading looks, fuel economy, and a well-designed interior should not dismiss the 2013 Kia Optima. With a variety of trim levels to choose from, most buyers would be able to find a well-equipped Optima in their price range. Those looking to splurge for the SX model will find themselves owning a car with performance, fit and finish, and striking good looks only found on much higher priced vehicles.




Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto EX$26,795 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto EX Luxury$30,895 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto EX Luxury w/Navi$32,395 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto EX Turbo$29,095 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto EX Turbo+$30,495 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto EX+$28,195 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto LX$24,395 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto LX+$25,795 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Auto SX$33,995 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4dr Sdn Man LX$21,995 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

EngineGas I4
Horsepower @RPM200 @ 6300
Fuel TypeDirect Injection
Body type4dr Car
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission Type6-Speed M/T

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2.4L DOHC GDI 16-valve aluminum I4 engine
Continuously variable valve timing (CVVT)
6-speed manual transmission w/OD
Front wheel drive
Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: high performance dampers, coil springs
Independent multi-link rear suspension -inc: high performance dampers, coil springs
Front/rear stabilizer bars
Electric pwr rack & pinion steering
Front/rear disc brakes
Dual exhaust w/chrome tips


16" alloy wheels
P205/65R16 tires
Front/rear body-colour bumpers -inc: contrasting rear fascia
Front lip air dam
Aerodynamic underbody cladding
Front/rear mud guards
Side fender garnish
Chrome door moulding
Chrome grille
Halogen headlights -inc: black bezels, delayed escort feature
Auto on/off headlights
Front fog lights
Dual body-colour heated pwr mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals
Intermittent front windshield wipers w/de-icer
Body-colour door handles


AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, USB port, (6) speakers
Satellite radio receiver
Bluetooth connectivity


Cloth heated front bucket seats -inc: driver pwr lumbar
60/40 split-folding rear bench seat
Rear centre fold-down armrest w/(2) cup holders
Tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
Trip computer
Pwr windows -inc: auto up/down w/front pinch protection
Pwr door locks -inc: front central locking, driver 2-turn unlock, impact-sensing auto-unlock
Remote keyless entry w/panic feature
Cruise control
Anti-theft alarm w/immobilizer
Manual air conditioning
Cabin air filter
Cooling glove box *Temperature Dependent on Air Conditioning Setting*
(2) front cup holders
Front/rear door storage bins
Black metallic paint dash accents
Soft finish upper door trim
Cloth centre door panel insert
Sunglass holder
Dual cloth sunvisors w/vanity mirrors
Front map lights
Front seatback pockets


4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
Brake assist system (BAS)
Vehicle stability management (VSM)
Electronic stability control (ESC)
Hill assist control (HAC)
Dual advanced front airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor
Dual front side airbags
Front/rear side curtain airbags
Outboard front/rear 3-point seat belts -inc: front pretensioners, front force limiters
Child seat safety tethers