We have enjoyed driving this car both in the city and on the highway. It gets up to speed quickly and handles well. The seats are multi adjustable, heated and cooled, and very comfortable. The only problem we have had is with the GPSas it tends to change destination from the one entered.The service we have had from the two Kia dealers we have taken the car to have been very good.
Wish the interior was quieter and gas mileage better. Since first bought new 8/12 I have never obtained more than 23 in the city and 30 on the highway (only with non-ethanol fuel and non-stop PDX to Seattle - otherwise 2 gallons less). My usual combined mileage including one 40 round trip highway trip a week is 24 with ethanol fuel. I have only driven about 73,000 miles since work from home and nothing has broken or needed repair other than a squeaky door which started last summer so the dealer greases hinge every 6 months when there for an oil change. Weston Kia has been great to work with and offers bargain oil changes! Besides oil and air filter changes I needed new front brake pads at about 50,000 miles and new tires about 35,000 as the OEM set rode great/smooth but wore out fast. Only other complaint is the hood paint - one rock chip has now rusted out the size of a nickel and would cost at least $500 to fix plus a few lost days so it is what it is. Ironically the doors look new as I installed matching color strips when bought. First car I have ever owned more than 5 years and usually only go 4 - but can't justify selling as it's styling is so similar outside to new ones.
2013 Kia Optima LX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
I tend to drive decently roughly. I bought this car after minor body work had been done thanks to a tree collision (right, carfax?), and made off with it for $10,000 exactly with only 37,000 miles on the ODO. In my 10 months of ownership, there have been a couple warranty part replacements that Colonial Kia near Richmond VA handled with grace, but NO out-of-the-ordinary maintenance has been required. It’s one of the smoothest riding non-luxury sedans I’ve ever driven, but the suspension is taut enough to let you never forget there’s a road under you. The exterior paint seems pretty cheap, getting substantially beaten up on the front end by simple highway battery, but the Interior is too-notch. The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels fantastic, the controls are very intuitive on the steering wheel and on the dash, and the seats are almost obscenely comfortable, in my opinion (5’6 @ 145 lbs). Materials are the same in front and back, unlike in the Camry, and legroom is ENDLESS. Road noise is decently isolated. Wind noise can be burdensome at very quick highway speeds (like I said, I drive pretty roughly). The engine is quiet and strong, but the transmission kills the acceleration experience, hence the 4-Star review. There is a plateau between when the electric motor peters out and the Atkinson 4 cyl kick in that makes even RELATIVELY rapid acceleration very frustrating. The transmission shifts extremely slowly and smoothly, but at the appropriate times, especially out of ECO mode. I know some people struggle with fuel economy in their Optimas, but I’ve found nothing but truth in the EPA numbers, pulling down 36 mpg combined in the middle of winter in the mountains of New Jersey. 0-60 time is 7.8 seconds on my best runs (don’t ask me how I know this). Lastly, the car is just so damn stylish. Even 5 years after its release, it still looks pretty relevant, aside from that front lip spoiler. Final recap: its 6-speed transmission doesn’t make it feel as wonderful as it seemed during the test drive (especially when you first start up the car), but the electric torque does feel VERY good on slowish starts. The interior is vey high quality for the segment, although the trunk space leaves much to be desired, albeit the hybrid battery. The exterior is beautiful and seldom seen in the unique hybrid styling. It’s been incredibly reliable over the 30,000 Miles I’ve driven it, including a Canadian road trip and months and months of pizza delivery. Lastly, I find it supremely comfortable and relaxing to drive, as long as I’m not trying to burn rubber. In my hybrid. Because I’m THAT guy.