2013 Kia Optima Sedan
Benefits of Driving a 2013 Kia Optima Sedan
Compared to other mid-size sedans, the Kia Optima continues to stand out for several reasons. Showcasing Kia's more Euro-influenced design direction, the Optima has styling that's more exciting than that of other mid-size sedans, especially from the outside. And that design works out to be quite roomy on the inside. It's also one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans, and it offers quite sporty performance considering its mileage numbers. The turbocharged engine in the SX in particular provides the power and acceleration of a V6 but the gas mileage of a four. The Optima is also a very strong value, with a few more features at each trim level than what's found in most comparable models.
What's new for 2013?
This year, the Optima gets only a few minor styling changes, including a revised Kia badge for the hood, trunk, and steering wheel and a new Remington Red hue that replaces Spicy Red. A new front-seat sliding-headrest design is standard on all three Optima models.
- Crisp, Euro-influenced styling
- fuel-efficient powertrains
- interior space
- strong acceleration in the SX
- features and value for the money
- strong warranty coverage
The 2013 Kia Optima now comes in a simplified lineup of four different models: LX, EX, EX Hybrid and SX. LX and EX models come with a 200-horsepower, 2.4L direct-injection 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. EX Hybrid models include the combination of an Atkinson-cycle, 168-hp version of the four, combined with an electric-motor/generator system that altogether makes 206 hp. The Hybrid also gets a 6-speed automatic and the power split between sources is handled by clutch packs rather than a planetary gearset, as is the setup in other popular full hybrid models. And at the top of the lineup, the Optima SX is the choice for those who want the best performance; it makes 274 hp from a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, also with a 6-speed automatic but including steering-wheel shift paddles (all models have a manual mode though). All Optima models are front-wheel driven.