2013 Kia Optima

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$21,350

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2013 Kia Optima
2013 Kia Optima

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Sharp styling
  • Richly appointed cabin
  • Roomy trunk
  • Standard USB/iPod integration
  • Gas mileage
  • Brake-pedal feel

The bad:

  • Backseat headroom
  • Front seats need more cushioning
  • Manual transmission not offered with turbo four-cylinder
  • Some options unavailable together
  • Folding backseat leaves small pass-through

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $21,350

  • EX

    $23,650

  • SXL

    $26,800

  • SX

    $26,800

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2013 Kia Optima trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Manual transmission no longer available
  • Choice of two four-cylinders, including a 274-hp turbo engine
  • Available hybrid version
  • Available heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel
  • Available voice-recognition system

2013 Kia Optima review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Kia has transformed its Optima family sedan from a plain, forgettable entry to one of the most distinctively styled cars in the class. Three trim levels are available — LX, EX and SX — and the five-seat Optima competes against cars like the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It’s also offered in hybrid form.

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New for 2013

The base LX trim level gains new sliding front head restraints and loses the choice of a manual transmission, leaving a six-speed automatic for all Optimas. A new SX Limited trim features Nappa leather seats, unique 18-inch chrome wheels, LED daytime running lights and red brake calipers.

The Optima Hybrid has an upgraded hybrid system with a more powerful electric motor and battery, as well as a stronger hybrid starter generator. There’s slightly more trunk space thanks to a repackaged hybrid battery and two trim levels of the hybrid are now offered.
Exterior
With its creased sheet metal and low-slung shape, there’s luxury-car sophistication to the Optima’s exterior that you don’t see in a lot of family sedans. The Optima features the new face of Kia that we’ve seen on models like the Sorento and Sportage crossovers. It’s essentially a black mesh grille bordered by angular headlights, and the design enhances the car’s aggressiveness. The placement of the Kia badge above the grille is a little odd-looking, though. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels; available 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard dual chrome exhaust tips 
  • Optional panoramic sunroof 
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights 
  • Optional lip spoiler 
  • Optional LED daytime running lights

Interior
The five-person cabin features front bucket seats and a rear bench seat. The interior has a driver-oriented design, with the entire center control panel angled toward the driver. The optional Premium Package includes an Infinity stereo, Kia’s Uvo hands-free entertainment and communication system, and HD Radio. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats; leather optional
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel 
  • Standard cooled glove box 
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port 
  • SX trim level has leather upholstery, stitched seams, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, metal pedals and illuminated scuff plates 
  • Optional heated and cooled front seats 
  • Optional rear seat heaters 
  • Optional heated steering wheel 
  • Optional navigation system with a backup camera

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 200-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that teams with a six-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional 274-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with the automatic transmission

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats 
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system

Optima Hybrid
Like its sister vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Optima Hybrid gains a re-engineered hybrid drivetrain for 2013. It now combines a more powerful 47-hp electric motor with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to produce a combined 199 hp and 235 pounds-feet of torque. The transmission-mounted motor works with a six-speed automatic rather than the electrically variable transmissions many hybrids employ. The electric motor draws power from a more powerful lithium-polymer battery that’s mounted behind the rear seat.

The Optima Hybrid can cruise on electric-only power under light acceleration and sufficient battery charge. EPA-estimated gas mileage for the base Optima Hybrid LX is 36/40 mpg city/highway while the uplevel EX is rated at 35/39 mpg.

Visual changes amount to a hybrid badge in back, aerodynamic 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, minor differences to the grille and front lights, and a small rear spoiler. Aerodynamic enhancements include a slight reduction in ride height and underbody covers. All told, the Optima Hybrid looks far more like the regular Optima than the Sonata Hybrid does a Sonata.

Standard features include cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a CD stereo with USB connectivity, a backup camera and push-button start.  An Infinity premium stereo, navigation system, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats and leather upholstery are available. Back to top

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

2.7

Lost all confidence in my Kia optima

My kia seized on me going 70 mph on Hwy. No check engine light or oil light gave any warnings!! Kia did replace engine but it now has less power and not good gas mileage. I loved my car, but wish I could afford to trade it. I'm a single lady and don't trust my car to get me to any destination.

5.0

Good dependable car.

This car was purchased 3 years ago and I had to only replace the starter. The steering wheel coupler went bad luckily it was a recall on it so it was covered.

4.0

She's been a good one

So my fiancé purchased her 2013 Kia Optima LX in 2016 and the crap I gotta tell you about this car first off don't try changing the back rotors by yourself. Your welcome! Next I have griped about this car since she purchased it without really taking the time to feel the experience. When I first drove it I was like ehh not enough power "Slap shift helps" but, what can I expect from a sedan. Now maintaining this thing. The parts are expensive as s**t my Infiniti doesn't even cost this much on parts so Kia idk xxx y'all smoking but okay. Other than that we purchased this thing with 74k miles and today it's at 167,269 miles and all I've done other than standard tires oil and brakes is the alternator finally went out 2 weeks ago. I got a new one and she seems fine so we'll see how much longer it lasts cause y'all making me lose hope in this xxx! Lol

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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