Press Release Names the 2013 Kia Optima the Most Affordable Midsize Sedan, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, has named the 2013 Kia Optima to be the most affordable midsize sedan. Contenders had to be equipped with equipment like automatic transmission, cruise control, a USB connection, Bluetooth, power windows, a power driver's seat and a rearview camera. Taking into account these features and the five-year estimated fuel cost, compiled a list of 10 midsize sedans, ranked from most to least affordable, with the Kia Optima taking the top spot.

"The Optima topped the list because of its combination of great features, low price and impressive estimated five-year fuel cost," said Patrick Olsen,'s Editor-in-Chief. "With an estimated $9,750 in fuel cost over five years, the Optima topped out at just $32,975, which is more than $3,000 lower than the average midsize sedan for the same period of time."

Model & Trim Level


Tested Price

Fuel Cost


2013 Kia Optima LX

Convenience Plus Package




2013 Nissan Altima SV

No additional package




2013 Honda Accord Sport

No additional package




2014 Mazda6 Touring

No additional package




2013 Kia Optima Hybrid LX

Convenience Package




2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

Technology Package




2014 Subaru Legacy

Premium w/ moonroof




2013 Chevrolet Malibu 1 LT

Power Convenience Package




2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Convenience Package




2014 Ford Fusion SE 2.5

MyFord Touch Technology Package




"The midsize sedan remains one of the most popular segments in the U.S.," said Olsen. "They serve as great cars for families, commuters, road trippers and more. Because of this, carmakers offer a dizzying amount of styles and options, but with differing content that can make it hard for shoppers to compare apples to apples. That's why we've put this list together, so that shoppers can understand where the most value is before they head to their dealer."

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