2013 Kia Optima Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$21,350-$26,800
$20,400-$25,040
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What's New for 2013:

  • Redesigned Kia badges
  • New SX Limited luxury performance trim
  • New Remington Red paint color
  • Manual transmission no longer offered
  • EX Turbo model not offered

Exterior Features
Kia has both simplified and expanded the Optima lineup for 2013. The less expensive LX and EX trims now share a single powertrain, while the SX and new luxury-oriented SX Limited (SXL) have a turbocharged engine. The Optima is also available as a Hybrid model. Aluminum wheels and power mirrors are standard.

Interior Features
The Optima LX is equipped with Clean Tex cloth seats, power driver's seat, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, Bluetooth, USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, and a trip computer.

Optional Features
The Optima Hybrid is similar to the Optima LX, but adds keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, unique gauges, and unique design and trim details. Upgrading to the Optima EX adds leather, while the Optima SX includes HID headlights, LED taillights, paddle shifters, Supervision gauges, and a sport suspension. The Optima SXL is equipped with chrome wheels, red-painted brake calipers, LED forward running lights, navigation system, reversing camera, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and premium Nappa leather.

Each Optima can be upgraded with extras from the next entry on the trim-level ladder. Additional extras include a premium Infinity sound system, panoramic sunroof, Microsoft UVO smartphone connectivity, and more.

Under the Hood
The Optima LX and EX are equipped with a direct-injected, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower. The Optima SX and SXL have a direct-injected, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 274 horsepower. Moreover, this engine's 269 lb.-ft. of torque is available from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm.

Optima Hybrid models pair a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric assist motor and a Lithium polymer battery to generate a combined 206 horsepower. Top speed using just the battery pack is 62 mph, according to Kia.

In all Optima models, a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission drives the front wheels. An Active Eco system is also standard, letting the driver know when he or she is maximizing fuel economy via an indicator light in the gauge cluster.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Kia Optima are:
  • Optima LX and EX: 24/35/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Optima SX and SXL: 22/34/26 mpg
  • Optima Hybrid: 35/40/37 mpg

Safety
Every 2013 Optima is equipped with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a traction and stability control system. A reversing camera is available as an option.

In impact tests, the 2013 Optima received a 5-star (out of 5) overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

What's New for 2013:

  • Redesigned Kia badges
  • New SX Limited luxury performance trim
  • New Remington Red paint color
  • Manual transmission no longer offered
  • EX Turbo model not offered

Exterior Features
Kia has both simplified and expanded the Optima lineup for 2013. The less expensive LX and EX trims now share a single powertrain, while the SX and new luxury-oriented SX Limited (SXL) have a turbocharged engine. The Optima is also available as a Hybrid model. Aluminum wheels and power mirrors are standard.

Interior Features
The Optima LX is equipped with Clean Tex cloth seats, power driver's seat, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, Bluetooth, USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, and a trip computer.

Optional Features
The Optima Hybrid is similar to the Optima LX, but adds keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, unique gauges, and unique design and trim details. Upgrading to the Optima EX adds leather, while the Optima SX includes HID headlights, LED taillights, paddle shifters, Supervision gauges, and a sport suspension. The Optima SXL is equipped with chrome wheels, red-painted brake calipers, LED forward running lights, navigation system, reversing camera, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and premium Nappa leather.

Each Optima can be upgraded with extras from the next entry on the trim-level ladder. Additional extras include a premium Infinity sound system, panoramic sunroof, Microsoft UVO smartphone connectivity, and more.

Under the Hood
The Optima LX and EX are equipped with a direct-injected, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower. The Optima SX and SXL have a direct-injected, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 274 horsepower. Moreover, this engine's 269 lb.-ft. of torque is available from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm.

Optima Hybrid models pair a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric assist motor and a Lithium polymer battery to generate a combined 206 horsepower. Top speed using just the battery pack is 62 mph, according to Kia.

In all Optima models, a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission drives the front wheels. An Active Eco system is also standard, letting the driver know when he or she is maximizing fuel economy via an indicator light in the gauge cluster.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Kia Optima are:
  • Optima LX and EX: 24/35/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Optima SX and SXL: 22/34/26 mpg
  • Optima Hybrid: 35/40/37 mpg

Safety
Every 2013 Optima is equipped with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a traction and stability control system. A reversing camera is available as an option.

In impact tests, the 2013 Optima received a 5-star (out of 5) overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Available Trims for the 2013 Kia Optima
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name SX (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 26800.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/34
Name EX (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 23650.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name LX (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 21350.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 24/35
Name SX w/Limited Pkg (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 26800.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/34
Name SX w/Chrome Limited Pkg (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 26800.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 22/34
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INTERIOR
  • Sport front bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, driver pwr lumbar, driver height adjustment, active adjustable sliding headrests
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat w/adjustable outboard headrests
  • Cloth/leather seating surfaces -inc: artificial leather door trim insert & armrest, artificial leather center console trim, accent stitching
  • Front center console -inc: armrest, storage, cupholder
  • Rear center armrest w/cupholder
  • Stainless steel embossed door sill scuff plates w/illumination
  • Alloy pedals
  • Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls -inc: wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls w/voice activation button, ECO switch, illuminated ignition, paddle shifters
  • Supervision instrument cluster -inc: gauges, clock, rheostat
  • Trip computer -inc: color LCD display, distance to empty, average speed, drive time, ambient temp, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy
  • Warning features -inc: parking brake on, key-operated chime, driver seatbelt reminder, low washer fluid
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver/front passenger one-touch auto up/down
  • Pwr door locks -inc: front central locking, auto unlock, driver two-turn unlock, drill-protected lock
  • SmartKey keyless entry w/panic & alarm function, security indicator -inc: immobilizer, escort light function
  • Electronic fuel lid release
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Steering wheel-mounted auto cruise control
  • Dual-zone auto climate control w/rear vents, filter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Cooling glove box -inc: lighting
  • (2) aux pwr outlets
  • Door map pockets -inc: integrated front/rear in-door bottle holders, dual front mood lamps
  • Chrome accent door handles
  • Artificial leather door upper trim
  • Carbon fiber appearance door & center console accents -inc: stainless steel gear shift indicator bezel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror -inc: HomeLink garage door opener & compass
  • Overhead sunglass holder
  • Dual sunvisors w/illuminated covered vanity mirrors, extensions
  • Dual front assist handles
  • Time-delay interior dome lamp -inc: auto interior light control
  • Front/rear reading lamps -inc: front pin lamp
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob w/metallic grain accents
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Rear coat hook
  • Illuminated trunk w/hinge cover
  • Front bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, driver pwr lumbar, driver height adjustment, active adjustable sliding headrests
  • Leather seating surfaces -inc: artificial leather door trim insert & armrest, artificial leather center console trim, accent stitching
  • Plastic door sill scuff plates
  • Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio controls -inc: wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls w/voice activation button, ECO switch, illuminated ignition
  • Trip computer -inc: distance to empty, average speed, drive time, ambient temp, average fuel economy, instant fuel economy
  • Wood trim door & center console accents -inc: stainless steel gear shift indicator bezel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob w/wood accent
  • Front bucket seats -inc: 6-way manual driver seat w/height adjustment, driver pwr lumbar, active adjustable sliding headrests
  • Double rachel cloth seating surfaces -inc: cloth door trim insert
  • Clean Tex anti-stain fabric treatment
  • Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel w/audio controls -inc: wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls w/voice activation button, ECO switch, illuminated ignition
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver one-touch auto down
  • Remote keyless entry w/panic & alarm function, security indicator
  • Air conditioning w/filter
  • Cooling glove box
  • Door map pockets -inc: integrated front/rear in-door bottle holders
  • Metallic paint door & center console accents
  • Front reading lamps
  • Heated/cooled sport front bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/memory, 4-way pwr front passenger seat, driver pwr lumbar, driver height adjustment, active adjustable sliding headrests
  • 60/40 split-folding heated rear bench seat w/adjustable outboard headrests
  • Nappa leather seating surfaces -inc: Nappa leather door trim insert & armrest, Nappa leather center console trim, accent stitching
  • Chrome accent door sill scuff plates w/illumination
  • Navigation system
  • Cloth door weather stripping
  • Wood trim accents
  • Black cloth pillar trim
  • Black cloth headliner
  • Electronic parking brake
EXTERIOR
  • 18" x 7.5" polished sport alloy wheels -inc: black front calipers
  • P225/45R18 tires
  • Insulated hood w/gas lifters
  • Body-colored bumpers -inc: unique lower sport styling
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Body-colored side moldings -inc: sculpted sport side sills
  • Bright chrome door molding
  • Black-gloss front side fender garnish w/chrome accents
  • Black gloss & chrome grille
  • Xenon HID automatic headlights w/auto-leveling function -inc: black bezel, escort lighting
  • Rear LED high-mounted stop lamp
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • Front fog lights
  • Body-color folding heated pwr mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals
  • Solar glass windshield w/sunband
  • Variable intermittent front windshield wipers w/jet washers -inc: aero covers
  • Body-color door handles w/chrome trim
  • 17" x 6.5" silver painted alloy wheels
  • P215/55R17 tires
  • Body-colored bumpers
  • Body-colored side moldings
  • Chrome grille
  • Clear-lens halogen automatic headlights w/black bezel -inc: escort lighting, projection high-beams
  • Variable intermittent front windshield wipers w/jet washers
  • 16" x 6.5" silver painted alloy wheels
  • P205/65R16 tires
  • 18" chrome wheels -inc: red front/rear calipers
  • Tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof
  • Rear lip spoiler -inc: chrome accent
  • SXL rear badging
  • Body-color folding heated pwr folding mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals
  • Body-color folding heated pwr folding mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals -inc: chrome accent mirror caps
MECHANICAL
  • 2.0L DOHC GDI 16-valve I4 turbo engine -inc: variable intake system, aluminum block & head
  • Engine cover
  • Push button start
  • Active ECO system
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD, Sportmatic shifter, H-Matic -inc: auto shift lock system, key interlock system
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery saver w/interior lamp auto-cut
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/coil springs
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension w/coil springs -inc: aluminum carrier, aluminum lower arms
  • Sport suspension
  • Dual-flow shock absorbers
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Electric motor-driven pwr steering
  • Pwr vented front & solid rear disc brakes -inc: oversize front discs
  • Dual exhaust w/chrome tips -inc: semi-active muffler
  • Tire mobility kit
  • 2.4L DOHC GDI 16-valve I4 engine -inc: variable intake system, aluminum block & head
  • Pwr vented front & solid rear disc brakes
  • Towing & lashing hook *Only present on vehicles produced in Hwasung, South Korea*
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    • Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control system (TCS)
    • Hill start assist control (HAC)
    • Vehicle stability management (VSM)
    • 5-mph bumpers
    • Side-impact door beams
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Dual advanced front airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags
    • 3-point front seat belts -inc: pretensioners, force limiters, height-adjustable anchors, emergency locking retractors
    • 3-point rear seat belts w/emergency locking retractors
    • Rear child safety door locks
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Dual-note horn
    • Emergency trunk release handle
    • Impact-absorbing steering column
    • Impact-triggered auto door unlocking
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Rearview camera -inc: display in navigation screen
    • First aid kit
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: satellite radio, (6) speakers w/tweeters
    • Aux input jack w/USB port
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling
    • In-glass antenna
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: Infiniti audio system, satellite radio, SIRIUS Traffic, (8) speakers w/tweeters, center speaker, subwoofer, 12-channel external amp
    • Diversity antenna

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