2013 Kia Optima Review

2013 Kia OptimaFor those who haven’t been keeping track, the Kia Optima is now in round three of production. When you consider some of the leading midsize sedans in the market, the Kia Optima is definitely one that has been outlined for its design. When we saw the 2012 Kia Optima, we were surprised to see how much Kia changed for the overall design. However, this year, the 2013 Kia Optima is looking very sleek and competitive with its rivals. The front end of the 2013 Kia Optima has been redesigned, to offer a sportier look while keeping the body the same. The wheels are now a standard ten spoke with aluminum blade coverings, which really lift it off the ground, in terms style and look.

Performance

The 2013 Kia Optima comes with three standard trim levels. For the average driver looking for a sleek model with much more economical benefits, the 2.4L 4-cylinder trim is the best suit. You have the option of choosing an automatic or manual six speed transmission. If you are aiming for performance with the Kia Optima, you need to consider the V6 buddy, that delivers 275HP under a turbocharged engine. It is a high performance model of the exact same sedan, so you have the sporty sedan look, with a whole lot of rev in the engine. Handling seems to be quite the standard with the 2013 Kia Optima, so there is nothing to complain about there. The Hybrid version of the Optima seems to be better at giving precision handling, but then again, you would have to test drive one to have that first hand feeling.

Interior / Exterior Styling

2013 Kia Optima InteriorThe 2013 Kia Optima is a standard sedan, which is quite similar in size to the Honda Accord or Camry, but remains to be higher up on the design scale, as it looks much more sporty. The frontend of the Kia Optima includes wider headlights with focus hubs, as well as a newly designed crown. The precision that went into the actual design of the Kia Optima is something we’ve never seen before in other prior models of Kia vehicles. Now that it got this boost in design, it looks very laid back and clean from the outside.

The interior design of the 2013 Kia Optima connect perfectly with the exterior design. Similar to what you would see in a sporty vehicle, Kia has used large gauges and a large enough dashboard to house the main audio controls. The interior dash of the 2013 Kia Optima gave us the impression of sitting in a high end vehicle such as a BMW, but with much less clutter if you will.

Fuel Efficiency

With rising gas prices, many people are worried about spending too much money on gasoline. The 2013 Kia Optima offers amazing gas mileage, such as with the 4-cylinder model, you get 24MPG in city and 35MPG highway. With the turbocharged Optima, mileage drops only minimal amounts to give you 22/34. The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid offers conscious drivers with 35MPG city and 40MPG highway. Fuel efficiency is becoming a huge factor for many automakers, so expect to see several high efficiency sedan models in 2013.

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