2013 Kia Optima Review


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4.35 stars

Based on 10 reviews

Great Car, Bad Roadside Assistance by TexanJC
 — I love the car, which has 300 miles on it. But two days ago boom, I hit the curve on a tight spot at work. As soon as I stepped out I heard the air blasting out. So I knew it was my fault, that it... Read More
Inexpensive Car With Luxury Appointments by robh693
 — I bought the Optima new in July 13. It came loaded with every imaginable option from courtesy lights that light up at night when you approach to keyless entry and starting...all for under $26k. The ... Read More
My Luxury Optima Sports Sedan. Best Car Eva by bradlindsey69
 — 4.8 out of 9. Course the 2015 KIA Optima SXL turbo's have fixed all the changes I'd make and I wish they would supercharge the Cadenza and I'd upgrade to that because the Limited Cadenza will be my ne... Read More

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2013 Kia Optima

Following a complete redesign in 2011, expect only minimal changes to the 2013 Kia Optima. A refresh of this midsize sedan is not likely to occur until 2014 at the earliest. Minor tweaks to the front air dam, rear bumper and the interior are likely, however.

The trim lineup for the front-wheel-drive 2013 Kia Optima is expected to remain the same: LX, EX, EX Turbo, and SX. The EX Turbo and SX trims are expected to be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that reaches a class-leading 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The LX and EX trims will come standard with a 2.4-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that tops out at 200 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. The LX trim will be able to be equipped with either a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive or a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and Sportmatic shifter, while all remaining trims will come equipped with the automatic transmission.

Other than some changes to available option packages, Kia seems pointed in the direction of keeping the Optima the same for 2013, while competitors in the affordable midsize sedan class, such as the Hyundai Sonata, Suzuki Kizashi and Volkswagen Passat, among others, appear headed for planned revisions.


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My 2013 Kia Optima Won't Start, All Of A Sudden......

a couple weeks ago, after a full days work, I would start my car and right after it would very briefly "chug a lug" for a split second but then be fine. it was even fine in the mornings after sittin...

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Does Anyone Have An Issue With The Optima Vibrating?

Does anyone have an issue with the Optima vibrating? It seems like when it shifts at about 40 mph the car has a vibrating noise. If I push on the gas the vibration goes away.

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Does Kia's Factory Warranty Cove The Car After The Vehihicle Has Been Sold ...

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My 2013 Optima Has A Major Issue I Just Had Happen To Me. As I Was Driving ...

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My 2013 Kia Optima Won't Start. I Get Error Message Of Low Tire Pressure Bu...

Tried to start my 2013 Kia Optima but won't. Tried to jump it, still nothing. Error message states Low tire pressure so we checked them, they are all fine. What can it be? Should I have a dealer loo...

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