2013 Kia Optima Consumer Review: Initial Review

2013 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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Initial Review
By whitfoc on


2013 Kia Optima EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)


Very impressive car for the money. Just bought a snow white/beige with premium and tech package. Took on a 500 mile trip over the weekend with two heavy suitcases, Two adults and averaged 33 mpg traveling at 70 mph. While the engine is extremely quiet, there is some tire noise but not excessive. Ride is compliant and comfortable. Could not justify the extra $5000 for an SX. Overall a good buy for the $30K and under price range.

Best Features

Feature content (Vent seats, pan roof, heated steering wheel, intuitive navi), styling (designer came from Audi), materials and build quality (feels like a more expensive car), lengthy warranty!, steering wheel feel, VERY comfortable seats, large center console and cup holders, power folding mirrors.

Worst Features

I agree with previous reviews the passenger seat does sit low so height adjustable seat would solve this, lack of spare and jack, rain sensing wipers should come on EX with Tech and Premium packages, headlights should come on when wipers are turned on, mirrors do not have smaller blind spot mirror like on our Fusion and post 2012 Focus (traded that for Optima). Learning the trip computer buttons using the "trip" and "reset" buttons will take some getting used to; I'd prefer an up or down arrow set up. Would be nice to be able to change climate control settings using voice activation but didn't use that too much in previous cars. Find the door bins on the small side.
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