2013 Kia Optima
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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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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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Kia Got the Optima Right - 150K miles or far

by from Asheboro, NC on December 22, 2016

I bought a new 2013 Optima EX that I have averaged ~ 42000 miles annually for business travel. This is my second Kia after driving a 2004 Sorento for ~350K miles (still have it and now has 390K). I ...
I bought a new 2013 Optima EX that I have averaged ~ 42000 miles annually for business travel. This is my second Kia after driving a 2004 Sorento for ~350K miles (still have it and now has 390K). I just hit the 150K mile mark on the Optima so I thought it would be good to write a review. First the good. My Optima has had no mechanical issues so far. None. I have only changed the oil every 5000 miles or so, I've replaced the tires twice, windshield wipers, and just replaced the original brakes. I haven't even had a single light bulb go out. The Interior looks new (heck many claim it still smells new...) and the exterior is holding up well though it does have a few gravel dings on the nose. Can't help that. To me the ride is firm, almost sporty and I find the car, while not a powerhouse is very satisfying to drive, even for hours on end which I often do. I think the 2011-2015 Styling was spot on, and, honestly, while I am sure it is a fine car, I think the new 2016-17 re-styling is toned down to the point of being too generic and boring. That is just my Opinion. Now the not so good. While I have little to complain about on the Optima, my biggest disappointment has been in the fuel mileage expectations. The sticker claims that the Optima can achieve 35 MPG on the highway, which is virtually all the driving I do, but over the life of the car, I rarely see over 31 MPG per tank and my average is probably right at 30 MPG and that is not with any aggressive driving. While I know this may sound like whining and 30MPG is not really that bad, 35MPG was an expectation and I simply don't think it is achievable. I’ve tried. What gets me, though, is that the reported MPG on the dash consistently reports about 1.5 MPG higher than what I actually get. I don’t think that is by chance. Also, my wife thinks that there is a “Blind Spot” created by the rear pillar and slope of the roof line. While I haven’t noticed it, you may want to check it out for yourself. So, the bottom line is that, for me, the Kia Optima really is a great car. The Korean car brands have not only matched, in many cases they have surpassed most major car brands, even luxury ones, in terms of quality, design and reliability. In general, I get very positive comments on my car. I certainly now hear a lot fewer negative comments like "yeah, but it is a KIA" than I did 10 years ago when I first got my Sorento. Anyone who discounts the brand as cheap or substandard simply is just misinformed. Just look at serious industry reports from groups like JD Power, Consumer reports, etc. It is not a matter of "Hoping" that my Optima will make it to 300K miles, I fully expect it to.
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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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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 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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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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Very Satisfied

by from Kings Park on November 21, 2013

This is my first Kia I every purchased, I've always stuck with Nissan. I decided one day to stop at Kia and take the 2013 Optima EX out for a test drive. I have to say the minute I sat in the car I fe...
This is my first Kia I every purchased, I've always stuck with Nissan. I decided one day to stop at Kia and take the 2013 Optima EX out for a test drive. I have to say the minute I sat in the car I fell in love with it. It has such a smooth ride. This car is very reliable. (Decided to get the one that is fully loaded) Heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, seats position in memory for driver #1 and driver #2. No problems at all with this car, I would def recommend this car to anyone interested in purchasing or leasing a Kia. The sales people and finance manager over at Smithtown Kia were very helpful and not pushy at all. Very satisfied customer!
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2013 Kia Optima SXL

by from San Diego, CA on December 21, 2012

I had a Jaguar X-Type and was looking for another luxury car to replace it. I test drove a Lexus, Mercedes and was looking at other luxury cars to make sure I was getting a good replacement. My son re...
I had a Jaguar X-Type and was looking for another luxury car to replace it. I test drove a Lexus, Mercedes and was looking at other luxury cars to make sure I was getting a good replacement. My son recommended the Optima and when I found out it was a Kia, I said, "No way am I getting a Kia!" He convinced me to go to the dealership and I actually liked the looks. The test drive convinced me. I waited for the SXL Model in Titanium Steel to arrive and in a few days was there to trade in my Jag. Even though I was excited to get the new car, I shed a tear or two on that day at the loss of my Jag. It's been three months since I bought my car and I have absolutely no regrets about my purchase!! What I love: - Love the style, inside and out! One of my favorites is the wood interior accents; it's so lucious. - Keyless remote is so simple. I love being able to lock/unlock the doors without having to fish out my keys. Keyless remote also works for the trunk. - Roomy interior front and back and so comfortable with the Napa Leather. - Roomy trunk. I had cargo net installed for $50 and glad I did it. It keeps bags from rolling all around. - Navigation System. I absolutely love this system! I've seen some negative reviews, but I couldn't disagree more. Once you learn the system, it's a breeze. There's a feature to train your voice to the system and I highly recommend owners do this. It helped with the voice feature significantly. - Backup Camera. My Jag had backup audible sensors only and I thought I would really miss that on this car. Well, I don't miss it since I learned how to use the camera. What a safety feature! - Heated/Cooled seats, front and back. I've used both the cold and heated seats feature and it's great to get you immediately comfortable. - Dual temperature controls. Hubby and I have different comfort zones and this feature has resolved all our disputes about temps. - Two Driver's Seat Memory Buttons . Hubby and I have each have our settings set in the memory and there's no more readjusting after someone else has changed the settings. Just push a button and your settings automatically return! - Auto Hold button. I've found this useful when sitting at a long light. I'll sometimes find myself unknowingly creeping up to the car in front of me. When you press this button on, it will keep you in park once you stop. It automatically releases once you hit the gas. If you keep it on, it goes back into park once you fully stop and then it again automatically releases once you press the gas. - Gas mileage is great! Depending on where I'm driving, I average between 22-32 MPG. - Side mirrors fold in at a push of a button. I've used this feature at the ATM and some drive throughs. CONS: - Front passenger seat sits a little too low. It doesn't have the same controls as the driver's seat. - The car's front is a little low to the ground. I'm afraid I'm going to hit it on some of those concrete blocks in parking stalls. - It needs a more "manly" horn for a car this beautiful. It sounds like it belongs on a little itsy-bitsy car.
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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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