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2013 Kia Optima Overview

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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2013 Kia Optima Ex Gdi

I have been having issues with my engine burning oil to where I have to put 1 to 3 quarts of oil in my Optima between fill ups. I have taken my car in for oil changes and they tell me there is abso...

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Slipping Transmission

When hitting brakes hard then reaccelerating, especially when turning, transmission slips and wheels will squeal like I'm flooring it. See some clear fluid on garage floor which never had before. A...

When Should The Power Steering Fluid Be Exchanged?

Driver's Side Power Seat Slide Issues

I have a 2013 Kia Optima which started making noises when it auto slides back when you open the door and now it will now work fully to alow you to move the driver's side car forward. All of the oth...