2013 Kia Optima

MSRP $21,350 - $26,800

Ranked #11 in Sedan

7.0

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2013 Kia Optima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 23, 2021

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The Kia Optima is one of the best choices when you’re looking for mid-size sedans. First introduced in 2000, the Kia Optima shared Hyundai’s Y4 platform, which the Sonata was based on. Post introduction the Optima was well appreciated all over the country because of its grandeur and for the value that the car brings to the table with respect to the features and the driveability of the car. 

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Pros

Capable engine with immediate acceleration

Premium and feature-packed cabin

Impeccable safety rating

Efficient engines

Respectable handling

Cons

Cramped rear seats

Unresponsive braking

Front seats lack padding

No manual transmission 

What's New?

Newly featured SX Limited trim

Discontinued manual transmission

All models now get an automatic transmission 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21350

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

141 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

186 lb.-ft. @ 4250 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

110 in.

length

190.7 in.

width

72.1 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

3206 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/29/35 mpg

highway range

647.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$21,350 onwards

EX$23,650 onwards

SX$26,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Kia Optima in Aurora Black Pearl color
Aurora Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


The 2013 Optima happens to be the 4th best among midsize sedans and is strongly opposed by the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, the 2013 Honda Accord, and the 2013 Nissan Altima. The 2013 Optima justifies itself with its class-leading exterior look, sleek and feature-packed interior, good fuel economy, and has laudable safety ratings that gives a peace of mind to the buyers. 


8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2013 Kia Optima Features

8.0/10

The 2013 Kia Optima comes in a total of 4 trims, the base trim LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited. The range starts at the bottom trim LX, which is priced at $21,350, and can reach the highest of $26,800 for the SX Limited trim. The standard features of the sedan include 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, fog lamps, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB audio interface, and an auxiliary audio jack.

The higher trims like EX, SX, and SX Limited brings added and improved features like 17-/18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, auto-leveling HID headlights, LED tail lights, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, dual-zone automatic temperature control, supervision meter cluster, sport-leather cloth seats, wood or carbon fiber insert film, and many others. 

Trims

LX

EX

SX

SXL

MSRP

$21,350

$23,650

$26,800

$26,800

Key Features

Full power accessories

Adds or replaces LX’s features

Adds or replaces EX’s features

Adds or replaces SX’s features 

 

16-inch wheels

17-inch wheels

18-inch wheels

18-inch chrome wheels

 

Fog lamps

Eight-way power driver seat

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Additional chrome trim

 

Cruise control

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

HD radio

Red-painted brake calipers

 

Keyless entry

Driver lumbar adjustment

Eight-speaker Infinity audio system

LED running lamps

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Automatic climate control

Rearview camera

Electronic parking brake

 

Air-conditioning

Keyless ignition/entry

Navigation with real-time traffic updates

SXL exterior badging

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Leather upholstery

Sport-tuned suspension

First aid kit

 

Six-speaker sound system

Upgraded dash trim and floor mats

HID headlights

Upgraded leather upholstery

 

Bluetooth phone connectivity

Leather-wrapped shifter

Upgraded gauges

 
 

Satellite radio

Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

Steering wheel-mounted transmission paddle shifters

 

The 2013 Kia Optima is a feature-packed car and all the trims do have a lot of value for the price they offer. The base trim has two packages on offer - the LX cConvenience Package and the Technology Package that add a lot of premium features to the list. The EX gets the Convenience Package as standard but the Technology Package remains optional. Adding to these, the EX also comes with a Premium Package that includes features like panoramic sunroof, a four-way power passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

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The 2013 Kia Optima is the best had in the EX trim because of the big jump that the trim makes in terms of features, as well as the packages that the company offers to bring a lot of customisation to the table. Of the available packages, the Premium PAckage adds in a lot of amenities while the Technology Package makes the car up-to-date in terms of modern features like Kia’s UVO interface. 

2013 Kia Optima Engine and Performance

6.0/10

Kia offers a couple of engine choices for powering the Optima. All the trims come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD drivetrain. The LX and EX come powered with a 2.4L inline-4 engine that generates 200 horsepower and 186 foot-pounds of torque. The engine being coupled with an automatic transmission feels smooth and offers pleasant driving dynamics. The power offered is enough for the sedan to glide through daily life and regular tasks and commutes easily. It helps the car reach 0-60 MPH in 7.8 seconds, reach a ¼ mile in 16 seconds, and has the top speed of 139 MPH.

The SX and SXL come powered with a more powerful 2L turbocharged engine that churns a maximum of 274 and 269 ft.-lbs. of horsepower and torque respectively. The higher power and torque present the driver with a punchy feel and immediate response as soon as the gas pedal is pressed. The higher power and torque result in 0-60 MPH in 6.1 seconds, reach a ¼ mile within 14.7 seconds, and a maximum speed of 162 MPH.

Model

2013 Kia Optima

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Honda Accord

2013 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$21,350

$20,895

$21,680

$21,760

Engine

2.4L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

2.5L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

CVT

Power 

200 hp @ 6,300 RPM

198 hp @ 6,300 RPM

185 hp @ 6,400 RPM

182 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque 

186 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 4,250 RPM

181 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

180 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH 

7.8 seconds

7.6 seconds

7.4 seconds

8.0 seconds

Quarter mile

16.0 seconds

15.9 seconds

15.8 seconds

16.8 seconds

Top speed

139 MPH

140 MPH

140 MPH

135 MPH

The Hyundai Sonata is the most affordable and offers the best value of all the cars, closely followed by the Optima, and offers similar performance to the Honda Accord. The Nissan Altima is the most expensive but the power and torque figures are not the best. The Accord is the only sedan that features a manual transmission, while the others get an automatic or a CVT.

2013 Kia Optima Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2013 Kia Optima can be had in two engine options so the mileage depends on which trim you buy. The LX and EX come with a 2.4 inline-4 engine that offers 24 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway, for a combined 28 MPG combined. The higher trims SX and SXL come powered with a more powerful turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 engine that generates a higher power and churns better performance. However, being a turbocharged inline-4 engine it offers an admirable mileage of 22 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway; for a combined 26 MPG combined. Both the engines are coupled with a massive 18.5-gallon fuel tank that aids in good range. 

Model 

2013 Kia Optima

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Honda Accord

2013 Nissan Altima

MPG (City)

24

24

24

27

MPG (Highway)

35

35

34

38

MPG (Combined)

28

28

28

31

Fuel Capacity 

18.5 gallons

18.5 gallons

17.2 gallons

18.0 gallons

Range (City/highway), (in miles)

444/647/518 

444/647/518 

412/584/481

486/684/465

The Optima and Sonata offer similar EPA-estimated mileage numbers and come with the same size tank, resulting in similar fuel range. The Accord is powered by the most powerful engine resulting in low mileage, which is not helped by the smallest fuel tank in the competition, resulting in the lowest fuel range. On the contrary, the Nissan Altima offers the least power and performance which merits the best mileage among all the sedans here. 

2013 Kia Optima Interior

6.0/10

There are several reasons why the Optimas enjoy vast popularity and among all the reasons, the interior remains one of the most justified reasons why you should get one. The sedan comes built with a great interior with the ability to seat 5 people with adequate room offered at the front. In the rear, however, the seats feel a bit cramped and the roof feels a bit too low for tall adults. As standard, the seats are covered with beige or gray cloth, with the interior wrapped with beige or gray interior. The standard features consist of steering wheel-mounted audio control buttons, cruise control, air conditioning, power door locks/windows, cooling glove box, front and rear console with armrest, cloth seats, 6-way adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support, and 60/40 rear seats. 

Higher trims like the EX, SX, and SXL bring better and added comforts like push-button start w/Smart Key, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, dual-zone automatic temperature control w/rear vents, front one-touch auto-up/down windows, door mood lights, rear reading lights, leather or sport leather seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and gear shifter, wooden or carbon fiber inserts and white or black Nappa leather seats with black cloth headliner.

At the back of the Optima lies a cargo trunk of 15.4 cubic feet which can take care of one’s belongings, medium bags, and light luggage. The rear seats further can be folded in a 60/40 split for additional space, which can be used well accordingly. 

Model 

2013 Kia Optima

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Honda Accord

2013 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.0/57.0/45.5

40.0/58.0/45.5

39.0/59.0/42.5

40.0/56.0/45.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.0/56.0/34.4

38.0/57.0/34.6

38.0/57.0/38.5

37.0/56.0/36.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

15.4

16.4

15.8

15.4

All the sedans can accommodate 5 people with the best front space offered in the Hyundai Sonata while the Honda accommodates the most comfortably at the rear. The Hyundai Sonata also offers the largest cargo capacity which is 6.4% bigger than its sister car - the Optima. That said, the Optima’s interior is very commendable and the most comfortable of all with some of the standout interior features being:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Steering-wheel-mounted transmission paddle shifters
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Rear air vents
  • Optional panoramic sunroof
  • Optional four-way power passenger seat
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2013 Kia Optima’s infotainment system?

Kia has coupled the 2013 Optima’s cabin with a pragmatic infotainment system that works well and comes with user-friendly control. All the trims come equipped with a basic infotainment system that comprises 6-speaker audio that is loaded with AM, FM, CD-Player, and SiriusXM. The car also comes fitted with USB, Aux input jacks, Bluetooth hands-free, and voice recognition. 

As optional, a premium 8-speaker audio by Infinity with a 4.3-inch color LCD touch screen can be fitted to enhance multimedia experiences followed by voice recognized navigation system with a rear camera that can be further equipped for customization. The EX and SX further can be fitted to Microsoft Infotainment System (MIS) that’s powered by UVO and comes fitted to premium surround audio by Infiniti. That said, some standout infotainment features are:

  • 4.3” color touch LCD 
  • 6-speaker audio with AM/FM/CD-player
  • SiriusXM 
  • Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming 
  • USB and Aux input jacks
  • Optional HD Radio 
  • Optional Voice assisted navigation system 
  • Optional SiriusXM Traffic 
  • Optional Microsoft infotainment system powered by UVO 
  • Optional 8-speaker premium audio by Infiniti 

2013 Kia Optima Exterior

6.0/10

Despite the 2013 Kia Optima sharing the same platform with Hyundai’s Sonata, the exterior narrates a different story. Compared to the conventional looks of the Sonata, the Optima looks premium and class-leading and offers a sleek shell structure that makes it class-leading and widely preferred. The standard attributes of the exterior include 16-inch alloys, performance dampers, chrome front grille, projector headlights, fog lights, chrome-plated dual exhaust, and turn-signal integrated outside mirrors.

Some of the optional or added features in the higher trims include 17-/18-inch alloys, 18” chrome wheels with red brake calipers, sports suspensions, chrome/ black gloss front grille, chrome rear spoiler, panoramic sunroof, auto-leveling HID headlights, LED DRLs and taillights, and power-folding mirrors on the outside. 

Model 

2013 Kia Optima

2013 Hyundai Sonata

2013 Honda Accord

2013 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,206

3,199

3,192

3,108

Length (in.)

190.7

189.8

191.4

191.5

Width (in.)

72.1

72.2

72.8

72

Height (in.)

57.3

57.9

57.7

57.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

5.5

5.8 

5.4

Wheelbase (in.)

110.0

110.0

109.3

109.3

The Kia Optima is the heaviest and also happens to be one of the biggest sedans in terms of proportions with the biggest wheelbase. On the contrary, the Nissan Altima is a smaller car compared to the Optima. In terms of ground clearance, the Honda Accord has the highest ground clearance which aids in negotiating with the undulations on the road, while the Optima’s lower ground clearance helps in stability. That said, standout exterior features are:

  • 18" chrome wheels w/red brake calipers
  • Performance dampers
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Black gloss/chrome front grille
  • Chrome accent rear spoiler
  • Projector headlights
  • HID headlights w/auto leveling
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Power-folding outside mirrors

2013 Kia Optima Safety

6.0/10

The 2013 Kia Optima has been exemplary when it comes to safety. The build quality of the exterior shell has been admirable because of the good quality sheets used because the sedan is based on Hyundai’s Y4 platform. The chassis is composed of high-grade steel and aluminum which merits a rigid and tensile structure. All the wheels come fitted with technology like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle stability management (VSM), and Emergency Brake Assist. The cabin is fitted with a standard airbag system for safety during a collision. 

The NHTSA and IIHS both have crash-tested the Optima’s 2013 model, the NHTSA presented all 5-stars, while the IIHS rated it “GOOD” and exemplified it with the Top Safety Pick+ award. There are many active safety and driver-assist programs that contribute to further safety and mitigation of certain emergencies such as:

  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Rearview camera
  • Impact-absorbing steering column
  • Emergency trunk release
  • LED daytime running lights
  • HID headlights w/auto leveling
  • Fog lights

2013 Kia Optima Final Verdict

The 2013 Kia Optima sets an example with the value and performance it bought in the segment. It justifies itself with handsome and present-day looks, a beautiful and feature-packed cabin with a pragmatic infotainment system built-in, and safety. Another factor is its fuel-efficiency and potent engine which offers both performance and admirable mileage. The IIHS gave it a Top Safety Pick+ award that speaks for safety. Acknowledging all the attributes the car possesses, the 2013 Optima is what we strongly recommend. 

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