2013 Kia Optima User Reviews

2013 Kia Optima Review Ratings

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"handling" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"value" 2 reviews
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Ms_Illusion_1974 writes:
2013 Kia Optima SXL Review
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3

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Its okay for an everyday car

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Does NOT ride or handle good in snow or ice of ANY amount- Steering drifts left to right on its own, feels like bad linkage in the steering column

Ms_Illusion_1974
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Too Much Plastic, Not Good Quality — this car is NOTHING like I had researched on, the one I got is definitely a bad nightmare, handles terrible,, mediocre gas mileage- the steering is a danger , as it drifts left to right,, you have to constantly correct it-something just is NOT right with the steering and I have taken it back to the dealer several times,,, they always said they cant find anything wrong,,, On top of everything else the seating and comfort is horrible,for long drives,,just not a car that I will ever buy again,,,,

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Patrick writes:
2013 Kia Optima EX Review
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Looks great

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a little under powered in my opinion

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Hard To Find Such A Great Value Anywhere Else — Overall a great car, has options that European luxury cars don't have at twice the price, drives well, looks good. Feels a small bit underpowered and would like to see better gas mileage if not a more powerful engine. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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bradlindsey69 writes:
2013 Kia Optima SXL Review
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Handles great around corners and breaking is on the spot stop. The power is nice for a 2.0l I-4. I'd like to add a few things to increase the HP like cold air intake and plugs, Higher intensity Fog lamps and

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I'd like to add a few things to increase the HP like cold air intake and plugs, Higher intensity Fog lamps and

bradlindsey69
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My Luxury Optima Sports Sedan. Best Car Eva — 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 next Purchase. Kia is the Best Value for the money hands down and I've been in the Automobile business for 25 years.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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TexanJC writes:
2013 Kia Optima EX Review
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Nice car overall

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No spare tire, bad Roadside Assistance

TexanJC
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Great Car, Bad Roadside Assistance — 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 was not covered by warranty, that I had to buy a new tire. Sure. But somehow I had to get the car to a shop -- as you know, these cars don't have a spare. And the 'fix a flat' kit included wouldn't fix a 1" gash to the sidewall -- BTW, these 'low-wall' tires though sporty and nice, have a larger propensity to side-wall damage. Before calling KIA Roadside Assistance I researched the tire and called a couple of shops close by to make sure they had the size in stock. BUT KRA would ONLY tow to nearest dealership! So that's 10 and 20 miles for the two closest to where I was. Even though Firestone is just behind my building (less than 1 mile away), and DT is a bit further out, they would NOT cover the tow, per their 'policy'. So either the dealership or nothing. To MAKE MATTERS WORSE, I had called BOTH dealerships and they did NOT have any tires in stock! So I would be stranded for 1-2 days while they ordered the tire. A loaner? No way, they said. So my great warranty roadside assistance program ended up being my wife (and baby in tow), a trip to a parts shop to get a tire-plugging kit, and getting my hands dirty. The kit held the air long enough to make to Firestone, where they put on a new tire in 20 minutes. KRA is such a joke. Yes, I get it that if anything else breaks under warranty a KIA dealership would know best. But tires???!! They are NOT even covered under their warranty! They are such commodity. Anyone can sell and put one on. In my scenario if KRA would have worked as it should, I would have had the car towed and fixed within 2 hours, vs 1-2 days + travel time to/from the dealership. What a SHAME! If they insist you need to be towed to their dealership at least they need to ensure they have the tires in stock OR get you a loaner meanwhile.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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DustinD writes:
2013 Kia Optima EX Review
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very stylish!

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none

DustinD
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Great Bang For The Buck! — I looked for this car for a long time and finally found the perfect one at the perfect price on cargurus.com! We saw a lot of LX models for the same price as we found the EX model (which was actually cleaner and had more upgrades than several of the LX's). Thank you Cargurus.com!

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robh693 writes:
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Acceleration, Fuel economy, trunk space, seat comfort.

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Limited view to the rear

robh693
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Inexpensive Car With Luxury Appointments — 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 turbo allows for effortless acceleration and averages 24 in town and 31 on the highway at 80 mph. Interior touches are sporty and luxurious and handling is spirited. The only down side is the view to the rear which is wanting due to the styling, the rear camera does help.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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JLF writes:
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I love love love how my 2013 Optima looks and for the most part how it handles, but I am having some problems with a couple of things so far.

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Having steering wheel, lock, and ignition problems.

JLF
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Gorgeous Car, Great Ride But Having Some Problems. — First it is very tempermental about allowing me to lock the doors with both the door fob and even manually. If I get out of the car and I hear the bell chiming, I know it isn't going to lock, but I've tried everything to find out why it's chiming. I can get in and drive across the parking lot and try it again and it will be fine, so I know it's not anything I am doing. Very aggravating since I'm replacing a vehicle that was stolen, I certainly don't want it to happen again. The next thing that happened is that my husband was backing the car out and put it in part and shut the car off quickly and the car totally locked up. It wouldn't let the key turn, and the steering wheel was locked tight. I had to call roadside assistance and they said to push in on the brake, turn the ignition and yank on the steering wheel to the left real hard at the same time. Well, that did work but again...very disappointing. Now today, I made a quick stop to run in to a convenience store and the key wouldn't turn to let me shut the ignition off. I tried several times and finally gave up. Then I made another stop and it was fine. Scared to take in too far away from home....this is my 3rd Kia and this is the first disappointment.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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kiaman2112 writes:
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Love everything about my Optima!!!   Best VALUE I have ever purchased!!!

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kiaman2112
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Best Overall Value !!! — For the money you can't beat the Kia Optima!! Former Acura TL, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry owner!!!! And the peace of mind with the 100k warranty all manufactures should do this!!! A must buy for anyone in the market for a midsize sedan!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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JimDeGrinis writes:
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Great family car. Very reliable and safe

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So many gadgets.

JimDeGrinis
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Good Car All Around. — I think the Kia is a great vehicle with very little to bring it down. it is a great family in car with lots of power. The fuel economy on this car is very good. Over all this is a good vehicle for around town, or even as a commuter car.

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Reviews From Other Years

2001 Kia Optima Reviews

Good Commuter By Jeffrey

Some reliability issues as it ages. All of the steell lines(brakes and steering) have rotted. not bad for 140k. Alternator and brakes have been done. Too bad no one can build a car with reliable rear ... Read More

It Rocks By Kristin

it has a spacious interior, adequete acceleration, good on the gas mileage, and fun to drive. The handling is smooth and the maintenance is relatively light if the car is newer and wasn't previously o... Read More

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2002 Kia Optima Reviews

Great Sporty, Family Car. By cooltonep

I really like this car and I would recommend it to others. It has a nice body and its deceptively fast. The one negative is that it requires frequent fuel fill-ups as it does eat up gas if used as a p... Read More

Effective By Diana715

Overall this is very reliable car. It is a safe car. I like the fact that it has leather seats and a sun roof. It drives very well but does have a few mechanical issues that need some work. It is ... Read More

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2003 Kia Optima Reviews

I'm A Kia Optima Driver For Life! By DeMaster

I love the fact that this car has been reliable in all conditions and has proven it's paid for itself over and over, thanks Kia! features in this 03 model are still competitive today. the multiple big... Read More

Nice By Hunter

it has a porsche transmission and a v6 nice leather interior wood control panels nice performance ok in snownot average cost to manage its fun car fun to power up awesome all round nice car good for ... Read More

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2004 Kia Optima Reviews

I Am Happy With This Car Overall By mrleger

I bought this car in 2005 with 10,000 miles on it. Its now 2015 it has around 235,000 miles and beside for normal maintenance I have not had many issues with it other than the air bag light and headli... Read More

Great All Around Car. By sellquick

The car is an awesome performer with plenty of power. The AC will freeze you out. Gas mileage is great. Interior cabin is well laid out with all controls easily accessible. Very comfortable to drive. ... Read More

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2005 Kia Optima Reviews

2005 Kia Optima Ex-v6 By Richard

We, especially my wife, loves the smaller size of the Optima as compared to her old 1999 Buick Century. Although the ride was a bit smoother in the Buick (a plus for most mid size Buick sedans due to ... Read More

Good Car, Wish I Could Have Owned It New By JPenn856

I dislike the automatic transmission, it takes away from the power of the motor. The car gets around thirty miles to the gallon, and generally runs on any type of gas. I is a fun driver and I drive it... Read More

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