2013 Kia Optima  -  $27,600

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $27,600
Base Invoice: $25,840
Destination Charge: $800
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn SX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 26 | City: 22 | Hwy: 34
Body Style: 4dr Sdn SX
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD, Sportmatic shifter, H-Matic
Engine: 2.0L DOHC GDI 16-valve I4 turbo engine


Crisp, Euro-influenced styling; fuel-efficient powertrains; interior space; strong acceleration in the SX; features and value for the money; strong warranty coverage

Model News

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.

An SX Limited model is new to the lineup, adding a premium sporty look, along with additional upgrades, to the top-of-the-line SX. Also, Kia has dropped the mid-range EX Turbo model for 2013, and dropped the manual-transmission version of the Optima entirely.

Value Writeup

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.

Kia's strong 10-year warranty on powertrain components remains another strong selling point.

Model Highlights

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.

No matter the Optima trim, it comes with the same body style and essentially the same interior appointments, within a very contemporary exterior. At nearly 191 inches long, with a wheelbase of about 110 inches, the Optima is at the larger end of mid-size, and its cabin layout feels very spacious. The 5-passenger layout includes 60/40-split rear seatbacks in all models, and there's enough width for three adults to fit across in the back seat. Ride quality is compliant, yet handling is quite responsive for a 4-door sedan, with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link setup in back, with coil springs and front anti-roll bars.

The 2013 Optima is very fuel-efficient, and that holds true no matter which model you choose. Base 2.4L models get an EPA-rated 24 mpg city, 35 highway, while SX Turbo models get 22/34 mpg and the EX Hybrid gets 34/39 mpg. An Active Eco system, which helps improve fuel efficiency by promoting better driving habits and smartly managing accessories, is standard on all the models as well.

Base-level LX models a height-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, power locks, windows and mirrors, a cooled glovebox and cruise control and the base sound system includes satellite-radio capability, Bluetooth hands-free calling features, and steering-wheel audio controls. At the mid-range EX level, the Optima includes upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels, leather trim, wood door trim, and metal bezels for the center console, plus leather upholstery, push-button start, a Smart Key system, dual-zone climate control, rear vents, a universal garage-door opener, a power driver's seat, additional interior lighting, and floor mats. And at the top of the lineup, the SX gets a noticeably sportier appearance--inside, especially, with special black-leather upholstery with woven trim, carbon-fiber door and console inserts, a Supervision instrument cluster, French seams and illuminated door scuff plates.

Major options on the Optima include a Technology Package on the base LX, which includes navigation, Sirius Traffic, dual-zone climate control and rear vents, and an upgraded Infinity audio system. EX models can be optioned with a Premium Package that brings various upgrades including heated-and-cooled front seats, a power passenger seat, Infinity audio, power-folding mirrors, and Kia's more sophisticated UVO connectivity system. A new Limited package for the SX adds Nappa leather seating, special 18-inch chrome wheels, LED daytime running lamps, red brake calipers, chrome exterior accents and wood interior accents.

Safety features are well represented as well, with seat-mounted side airbags in front, side-curtain bags that cover first and second rows, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Hill Assist Control for smooth starts when facing uphill.

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
34 MPG

Cruising Range - City
407.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
22 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
26 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
629.00 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4


Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
274 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
269 @ 1750-4500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
3.5 qts

EPA Classification
Midsize Cars

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
102.17 ft³

Front Head Room
39.96 in

Front Leg Room
45.47 in

Front Shoulder Room
57.28 in

Front Hip Room
54.65 in

Second Head Room
37.60 in

Second Leg Room
34.65 in

Second Shoulder Room
55.71 in

Second Hip Room
54.49 in

110.04 in

Length, Overall
190.7 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.05 in

Height, Overall
57.28 in

Track Width, Front
62.64 in

Track Width, Rear
62.64 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.31 in

Trunk Volume
15.43 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3385 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.76 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.6 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.2 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.5 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Note
24-hour roadside assistance

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

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

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

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

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

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






















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