2013 Kia Optima Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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Quiet and midsize sedan.


The Kia is a midsize sedan with a quiet ride and able dynamics. The 2013 Kia Optima with the Honda Accord, Fusion, Mazda6, Toyota and Hyundai Sonata.

For 2013, carries over largely but new features have been and Kia has consolidated the model lineup.

All Optima models get a revised Kia on the hood, trunk and steering as well as a new sliding front Last redesigned for the 2011 year, Optima still contemporary. It’s sleek and without a jumble of distracting elements.

Kia Optima LX and EX use a 2.4-liter that makes 200 horsepower and 192 of torque. This engine is on excitement, but it’s fine for drivers. Quiet at highway speeds, it delivers enough to keep up with fast on the freeways, while delivering an 24/35 mpg City/Highway.

All 2013 models come standard a 6-speed automatic.

Kia Optima SX a peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged The turbocharged inline-4 found on the SX sweetly carries this into another world. 274 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, the SX boasts first-rate performance, and agility.

Silky smooth, the engine propels the Optima SX 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds, quick for this Fuel economy suffers a bit to the naturally aspirated version, an EPA rating of 22/34 mpg City/Highway. and standard with leather and wood interior accents

Kia Hybrid uses a 2.4-liter Atkinson cycle gas engine produces 166 horsepower connected by a wet to an Interior Permanent Magnet synchronous electric motor 40 horsepower. The battery that the electric motor is state of the a 270V lithium-polymer (Li-PB) Compared to a nickel metal system, this 95-pound system is 20-30 percent 40 percent smaller, holds a 25 percent longer, is 10 percent efficient, and offers twice the density. The warranty is good for up to 10 or 150,000 miles.

It’s a so you don’t need to plug it in. fill it with gas and go.

Efficiency-wise, the Hybrid drags back into a third Its EPA estimated mileage is 35/40 per gallon. However, we only got mpg during our lead-footed stint.

The automatic transmission was rough, we blame on its electronic programming.

appointments and materials in all Optima are handsome, generous, and of high for the class. Beautiful leather the dashboard and seating, comfortable firm support, including the The design and layout of the instrumentation thought and employ the latest

The expected conveniences are all there, bonuses such as a cooled compartment for keeping beverages

Optima uses front-wheel and a four-wheel independent suspension is athletic and responsive. We found the quality compliant over pavement, filtering out harshness, the suspension accurately communicates bumps and ripples. The chassis is and although Optima is no performance its handling has a sporty glimmer.

trim levels plus a version comprise the 2013 Kia lineup. Optima LX and EX models are by a 2.4-liter inline-four that 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The SX a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four 274 hp and 269 pound-feet of torque.

The 2013 Kia LX ($21,350) comes standard cloth upholstery, manually air conditioning, tilt/telescope steering with audio controls, windows/doors/mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, an system with Satellite capability, USB port, auxiliary cooling glovebox, rearview display integrated into the mirror, 60/40 split rear seats and 16-inch wheels. An optional Technology ($2,700) adds dual-zone climate control, navigation, an Infinity audio system and camera. The Convenience Package upgrades to an eight-way power seat, auto-dimming rearview with Homelink and compass.

For who opt not to add the Technology Package, the Convenience Package ($1,100) adds the package features plus UVO infotainment system and a rearview

Optima EX ($23,650) adds upholstery, dual-zone automatic control, rear air conditioning, an power driver’s seat lumbar, pushbutton start, steering wheel and gearshift wood interior accents, outside mirrors and upgrades the to 17-inch alloys.

The EX Premium Package ($2,950) heated and cooled front heated rear seats, a steering wheel, driver’s memory, a four-way power seat the 8-speaker Infinity system with HD radio, camera, a power sunroof and folding outside mirrors.

SX models ($26,800) get leather seats, a rear lip spoiler, interior accents, chrome accents, LED daytime running HID headlamps, LED tail lamps and chrome wheels with red calipers.

Optima Hybrid uses a 2.4-liter I4 Atkinson gas engine that produces 166 and an electric motor with 40 It comes with 16-inch wheels, heated outside front and rear lower and side sills, a rear and LED taillamps. Inside, there’s an power adjustable driver’s electric dual zone temperature control with vents, push-button start Smart Key, leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob, rear seats with ski

Premium Technology Package adds 17-inch alloy with low-rolling-resistance tires, sunroof, a four-way power front passenger seat, seat memory, heated and front seats, heated seats and steering wheel, HID lights with automatic leatherette-wrapped center fascia, rear-view mirror with and compass, a navigation system back-up camera and SiriusXM and the premium Infinity audio

Safety features include front advanced airbags, side airbags, side airbags, side-impact door front/rear crumple zones, steering column, three-point front seatbelt pretensioners, front seatbelt anchors, safety locks, child anchors, emergency trunk four-wheel power anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake traction control (TCS), stability control (ESC), assist (HAC), and the mandated monitor.


When generation Optima was introduced as a model, it was a bold, fresh through which to view the Kia As with the Sorento and quirky Soul, the Optima’s design is not Korean nor even Asian. It is a car like sedans from Toyota or Honda.

Sleek, and modern, the Optima is at ease; like a well-tailored Italian made in Korea.

The suit a bit tight in the front, though. The grille, a sharp-angled chrome surrounding a black mesh arouses opposite opinions. One called it elegantly simple, it to Jaguar and Bentley, but most of us it looks like it came out of an catalog.

The racy wraparound headlamps, and low stance, imply athleticism. The air dam is low enough to scrape in surprising for a so-called sedate sedan this, and gives the nose an look while helping mileage. Scraping can be annoying if driveway or a nearby intersection you use is enough to cause the nose to

The sides of the car are admirably clean, three horizontal character giving them form and Handsome flared fenders add to the Optima’s flanks.

Wraparound red complete the dynamic look, dual chrome exhausts, one at side, fulfilling the sporty by gilding the rose, since exhausts on an inline four-cylinder are styling, like snowshoes on a Still, the imagery is enticing.

Optima’s interior concedes to its European or American competitors, for its black plastic trim. The uses pebble-grain black handsomely stitched with seams. Optional leather to the seats, trimmed with

The instrument panel is clean, four handsome horizontal vents. Instruments use a clear The lettering on the tachometer and speedometer is white with a red needle.

The four-spoke steering wheel is feels good in the hands. It and telescopes, and contains controls for cruise control, phone and a big button for Eco. Heating is

The five-passenger seating is excellent, a full range of adjustability in the driver’s seat. The seats are well-bolstered, and deliver snug support for more vigorous However, the center-rear passenger ride the camel’s hump, and the legroom is on the low side of average, at inches.

Heated front and seating is available, as is front and a cooled glovebox for drinks.

The sunroof, on cars so equipped, is airy and truly bright. closing it, the sunscreen panel automatically. A separate function only the screen and tilt

Nice, as with the controls on the console, angled slightly the driver.

Navigation is fairly to set, and you can operate it while the car is though we recommend your perform this duty. The for the Hybrid is slightly strange, growing flowers in Eco mode, get bigger as you drive more In the center of the speedo a display average and instant fuel with blue bars move with the throttle

It also scores your There’s a big round instrument on the that’s an Eco guide, with green and red zones. You can see energy back and forth between the battery, and engine.

The Hybrid a Microsoft voice-activated infotainment with its audio system, Bluetooth and back-up camera. deluxe 12-speaker audio with stylish speakers in the and dash, delivered superb

A Virtual Engine Sound (VESS) plays an engine during electric-only operation up to 12 per hour, to help notify outside the vehicle that it is We would have liked to this mock buzz, but we get the Hybrid to run on electric only. It the internal combustion engine to back downhill out of our driveway.

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The Hybrid’s air system uses an electric reducing the losses in belt-driven and allowing cool air to flow, with the engine off in Idle-Stop We didn’t test it because it was outside. So far, we’ve that when they say air, they mean that, as in not hot.

Don’t air-conditioning cold, in summer.

space is vast in the Optima EX and SX cubic feet), but not so vast the Hybrid (9.9 cubic because of battery placement. We noticed the right side B creates a blind spot the driver’s shoulder.


The Optima LX and EX use 200-hp 2.4-liter cylinder engine, which we flexible, very quiet, and powerful. As the engine most buyers will choose, it is suited to family duties in daily traffic and at highway and speeds.

Even at middle throttle, from a stop, the engine is distantly audible. Only full acceleration does engine remind you that a small four-cylinder, with an yowl. At the more common of accelerating away from an the Optima EX excels, smoothly and gaining speed with no

In other words, throttle at slow speeds is linear and surges; many cars jump off the line with sensitive throttles.

Ride is good, and the suspension soaks up while delivering necessary information to the driver. Chassis are excellent for a family mid-size Steering is accurate, firm and good feedback over terrain.

Pushing harder, is good front-wheel grip, and we hit a long curve at high the multi-link rear end hooked up The usual ride responses in vigorous driving, such as roll, dive and squat, are controlled, thanks to the car’s chassis.

The Optima SX is a sweet star with a classy The turbo’s performance, stability and are first rate. The engine is with the Hyundai Sonata.

more, if you get the EPA estimate of 22/34 mpg it’ll be as good as we got in our real with the Optima Hybrid.

The Hybrid delivered unimpressive mileage when we drove it no babying. EPA rates the Optima 35/40 miles per gallon But our combined average, after 240 and fast freeway miles, was mpg.

Around town we got 20.5 mpg. Highest we was 39.4 mpg, in Eco mode at 60 that’s how to match the claims or EPA At 78 mph, with the Eco button still pressed, the average was mpg.

The standard 6-speed transmission is smooth in the gasoline-powered but we found the Optima Hybrid which is programmed for better efficiency, awful. When changing gears, sometimes it like it’s slipping, times like it’s

The Hybrid uses a 2.4-liter Atkinson cycle gas engine produces 166 horsepower connected by a wet to an Interior Permanent Magnet synchronous electric motor 40 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque up to rpm in electric mode. Kia claims it can be in full-electric mode at speeds up to 62 per hour. Supposedly when the car to a stop and the electrical load is the engine shuts off to completely idle fuel consumption and

Ours never did that.

The that powers the electric is a 270V lithium-polymer (Li-PB) Compared to a nickel metal system, this 95-pound system is 20-30 percent 40 percent smaller, holds a 25 percent longer, is 10 percent efficient, and offers twice the density. The warranty is good for up to 10 or 150,000 miles.

Wintry do not suit the Optima. When we the Hybrid in snow we found traction. We’ll remember Optima as the one-wheel-drive car.

On our driveway with a couple of snow, left front on asphalt and right front on the power went to the tire on the which just spun, as the car nowhere. If you live in the Snow look elsewhere.

The Kia Optima EX and LX are suited to family duties, decent acceleration, a good and generous creature comforts. The Optima SX is an impressive underdog European sports sedans. The Hybrid needs work, its rough transmission and uninspired mileage.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondents Burstein, Sam Moses and Ted West to this report.


Kia Optima LX ($21,350); Optima EX Optima SX ($26,800); Optima ($25,700).

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