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2013 Kia Optima Consumer Reviews

4.5
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Sporty, Classy & Practical

by from Buffalo, NY on January 29, 2014

I absolutely love this car!!!! I bought a 2011 Optima EX and loved it from the minute I test drove it. I ended up trading it in on a 2013 Optima EX which I currently own. My only complaint is the fact...
I absolutely love this car!!!! I bought a 2011 Optima EX and loved it from the minute I test drove it. I ended up trading it in on a 2013 Optima EX which I currently own. My only complaint is the factory Kumho tires. My 2011 had Nexen's and I never had an issue However, the 2013 has Kumho tires. They're horrible in the snow and they hyrdoplane in the rain. Traction control doesn't help the situation at all. If the roads are a little slick or there's 3 or more inches of snow on the ground, the vehicle gets no traction. I ended up having to put snow tires on just to make it driveable.Just a note of caution for those living in Northern states even those experiencing mild snow conditions.
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2013 Optima SX

by from Chandler, AZ on May 28, 2013

I purchased my Optima three weeks ago after wanting one for about a year and a half. It was completely worth the wait, but I just wish I hadn't waited so long!! I love the car. I got the striking Cor...
I purchased my Optima three weeks ago after wanting one for about a year and a half. It was completely worth the wait, but I just wish I hadn't waited so long!! I love the car. I got the striking Corsa Blue exterior with black and white trimmed leather seats. I looked at BMW, Mercedes, Acura and Lexus and none offered the same value, performance and content combination as the Optima for the price. And I got a great price from Mark Kia in Scottsdale, AZ. Jason L hooked me up really nicely. If there is a complaint, I would say there is a slight lag if you give it hard throttle input and the actual acceleration. I don't know if it's the turbo spooling up, but when I step sharply on the accelerator, the car thinks about it for about half a second then it goes. However, it DOES go. Great acceleration from standing and flying starts. Passing slowpokes on the highway is no longer a concern!! The UVO system works very well. I love how I can control songs, channels, volume, everything on my phone using the car's audio controls. I did cause a bit of a problem when I had to put myself on mute during a call. DON'T do it using your phone's mute button! Use the car's touchscreen to mute your line. What I did caused a conflict and I had to reset the bluetooth connection iwth my phone. It took care of the problem. Speaking of audio, I have never heard such an amazing sound system as the 8 speaker Infinity system that came with my SX. There were high and low notes that I didn't even know existed in some of my favorite songs. And I use Klipsch headphones!! So, after all this, I would highly recommend this car for a daily driver and a weekend jaunter. It is fun, catches people's eye and is awesome to drive!
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great Car

by from Burlington, Vermont on March 1, 2014

I've owned a 2012 LX now for 2 years and 33K miles. I love this car. My wife complained about the low passenger seat and I had to buy her a cushion so she could see out. Had to replace the OEM tires b...
I've owned a 2012 LX now for 2 years and 33K miles. I love this car. My wife complained about the low passenger seat and I had to buy her a cushion so she could see out. Had to replace the OEM tires but really not that unhappy about it since the OEM's were less than ideal. Poor traction in ANY kind of weather. I have General RT43's now and they are great and really make the car a quieter and more comfortable ride, also much better in snow and rain. I have had NO problems with the car and get 36 mpg on my trips (650 miles) to Pittsburgh, PA. The audio system works well and really like the blue tooth for hands free cell calling.
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Great car

by from Sioux City IA on January 26, 2014

My Kia Optima really has out performed all my expectations. The drive on long trips is very comfortable and you feel safe as you drive. The stylish appeal of the lines are amazing. This Kia has perfor...
My Kia Optima really has out performed all my expectations. The drive on long trips is very comfortable and you feel safe as you drive. The stylish appeal of the lines are amazing. This Kia has performed well in extreme weather changes from 100+ degrees to -25 degrees I am very pleased at how it handles in 1 foot of snow. This is better than I expected to say the least.
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Love My Kia

by from Gering, NE on January 30, 2014

I love my Kia Optima. Everything about it is great from the fuel mileage to the way it looks. I would recommend THIS car to any one! Did I mention I love this car?
I love my Kia Optima. Everything about it is great from the fuel mileage to the way it looks. I would recommend THIS car to any one! Did I mention I love this car?
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Great Car, but beware the Spare (or lack thereof)

by from Hemet, CA on October 4, 2012

Just purchased a 2013 Optima EX with both Premium and Tech packages, bright silver, fantastic looking car. We already own a 2004 Optima EX with the 2.7L V-6 and have been very happy with it so we were...
Just purchased a 2013 Optima EX with both Premium and Tech packages, bright silver, fantastic looking car. We already own a 2004 Optima EX with the 2.7L V-6 and have been very happy with it so we were favorably disposed towards getting a new one. Got a good deal on the car, dealer made a few bucks but that's to be expected. After six weeks of ownership, all is well. The '04 has been forlornly sitting in the driveway as we just love the new car and drive it everywhere. Cooled front seats are very nice on hot days and the 2.4L 4-banger seems more powerful than the V6 in the '04 model. Great mid-range torque and acceleration. Our ONE gripe was when we discovered that the car came with no spare, just a can of fix-a-flat, and this was "conveniently" not mentioned by the sales rep. To his credit, the GM of the dealership, after some arm-twisting, came through and gave us the spare, jack and lugwrench at NO COST! Guess he really wanted a positive CSI score when KIA corporate calls us to survey. Bottom line, all the reviews are accurate...this is a very well-built car, drives and handles (and looks) like a much more expensive vehicle, and has all the bells and whistles you could possibly want for well under thirty grand.
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Super Car

by from Davenport, Iowa on January 24, 2014

I only have 6,000 miles on my 2010 Optima but I love its looks, features and performance. The mileage is good both on the road and in town but it isn't as good as advertised. This is my second Kia, th...
I only have 6,000 miles on my 2010 Optima but I love its looks, features and performance. The mileage is good both on the road and in town but it isn't as good as advertised. This is my second Kia, the first being a 2008 which I still drive. After 40,000 miles it has not given me one problem or concern of any kind. I think KIA makes great cars. Much much more satisfied with KIA than any of the American cars I have owned.
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Love this car!!!

by from Milwaukee, WI on July 31, 2013

I bought my new 2013 optima last month. I have owned a 2004, 2008, and now this one. I absolutely LOVE these cars! They are a great value for the money, stylish, comfortable, and reliable. I don't thi...
I bought my new 2013 optima last month. I have owned a 2004, 2008, and now this one. I absolutely LOVE these cars! They are a great value for the money, stylish, comfortable, and reliable. I don't think I will ever buy a different brand. I would definitely recommend looking into this car if you are looking for a great full size sedan.
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Great car!

by from on May 9, 2014

I have no doubt that there are horror stories about owning an Optima. These stories exist for every other car out there. I have a 2013 EX Turbo in Pearl White and it is fantastic. I looked at an Accor...
I have no doubt that there are horror stories about owning an Optima. These stories exist for every other car out there. I have a 2013 EX Turbo in Pearl White and it is fantastic. I looked at an Accord, Mazda 6, Fusion, and Altima. Accord: expensive for a similar car. Mazda 6: No turbo or V-6 power. Fusion: Ecoboost doesn't have the bite of the Theta Turbo. Altima: V-6 is too expensive....owned a 4 cyl already - No thanks. Don't compare the supposed reliability of Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota, etc. Most of it is BS and you can find honest people that will tell you about the constant maintenance on their Passat, A4, or 335i. I only have 19,000 km (11000 miles) on the car, but I have 160,000 km (100000 miles) warranty, so I am not worried. Kia/Hyundai are not the brand that they once were. Do your research.....you will see. The Optima has a great blend of power and fuel economy. You can't expect to get exceptional fuel mileage....it has 274 HP. You are buying it for performance. The interior is well appointed. The steering is tight, but very responsive. Any reports of dead or lackluster steering are false. The car handles and rides great, albeit a sport-style ride. I get stares everywhere I go. People often approach me to ask me how I like my Kia. I read about how people miss their Malibu or other model........please! I drive rental cars often for work purposes and the Malibu doesn't belong in the same class as my EX Turbo. I would stake my reputation on this car. It is my first Kia, but I don't believe that it will be my last. Optima may not be for everyone, but it's worth considering. I love it.
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Best car for the money

by from Largo,Fl. on October 20, 2013

Just a great car overall. I got 35mpg at 75mph going from Fl. to Ill. We have 17,000 plus miles on it and just love it. Absolutely no problems with the car. The dealership tries to up-sell you when ro...
Just a great car overall. I got 35mpg at 75mph going from Fl. to Ill. We have 17,000 plus miles on it and just love it. Absolutely no problems with the car. The dealership tries to up-sell you when routine maintenance is do but I imagine all dealerships do that to some degree. No regrets!
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