2013 Kia Optima SX Turbo also came with a navigation system with Sirius XM Traffic, a rear-view-camera, push button start, an Infiniti sound system with 8 speakers, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, memory seats, power folding outside mirrors, panoramic sunroof with a gloss black pillar and Kia’s new UVO power by Microsoft infotainment system.
Comfort wise the 2013 Kia Optima SX Turbo is nothing short of impressive. The car comfortably seats 5 passengers with 8-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and a 4-way adjustable front passenger’s seat. Rear leg-room is ample enough to comfortably sit anyone under/around 6 foot tall.
Interior quality wise, the 2013 Kia Optima is right up there with the top mid-size sedans and in some ways its even better. Our Optima SX Turbo featured soft touch materials with leather trims in all the right places. The center console even features nice (fake) carbon fiber trim.
The 2013 Kia Optima has been completely redesigned with the enthusiast in mind. The overall silhouette of the 2013 Optima is very sleek and aggressive with sculpted elements giving it a muscular and sporty stance.
The front features Kia’s new signature grill with projected headlamps. From the A through the C pillars, the Optima has a coupe like flow with the roofline connecting seamlessly with the pronounced shoulder lines. The back of the new Optima feature sexy LED tail lights that distinguish it from the rest of the competition.
Who’s responsible for all these good looks? Peter Schreyer, ex-head of Audi design, who Kia stole back in 2006 to lead its design.
The 2013 Kia Optima is available in LX, EX, SX and the Limited trim – all of which come equipped fairly well with wheel sizes ranging from 16- 18-inch alloy wheels. Buyers can add on a bunch of sporty trims including red brake calipers, chrome accenting, a rear spoiler and more.
The Optima is a fine-driving mid-size sedan. The base LX and EX Optima models are powered by a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine making 200-hp and 186 lb-ft. The Kia Optima SX, SXL and the Limited are powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo making 274-hp at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 269 lb-ft between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm – that’s more than almost every V6 engine in its class. 0 to 60 mph comes in a quick 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 152 mph.
During daily driving, the 2013 Kia Optima is definitely comfortable and the 4-cylinder turbo definitely acts like a V6 when accelerating from a standstill. Handling wise the Kia Optima doesn’t let down but don’t expect to take exits at more than 40-50 mph. Ride quality is very smooth and maneuvering in and out of lanes is done with ease.
Fuel-economy wise the 2013 Kia Optima Turbo manages and EPA-rated 22/34 mpg (city/highway). The lesser-powered 2.4 liter 4-cylinder hits 24/35 mpg. There is also an Eco mode that allows you to maximize fuel-efficeincy.
2013 Kia Optima SX Turbo was priced at $31,925 and while that may be expensive for a Kia, that price tag is pretty outstanding considering all the technology, performance, interior quality and good looks you’re getting. If you’re not that concerned with performance you can opt for the 200-hp 2.4 liter Optima EX with all the bells and whistles for just over $27,000.