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Used Car: 2013 Kia Optima Review

Review Last Updated: 4/16/15

The 2013 Kia Optima has performance that some test drivers described as sporty, but they were let down by its limited back-seat headroom.

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The 2013 Kia Optima is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine or an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A manual transmission is standard with the base engine, and an automatic is available. An automatic is standard with the turbocharged engine. Reviewers liked the power from the turbocharged engine, and the fact that the turbocharged Optima still gets good fuel economy ratings of 22/34 mpg city/highway. With the base engine, the 2013 Optima gets 24/35 mpg city/highway. Critics said the Optima has nimble handling, strong brakes and a comfortable ride, but a few complained about numb steering.

The 2013 Kia Optima earned reviewer praise for having a stylish and high-tech cabin with features that are easy to use, but they said its sloping roofline cuts into back-seat headroom. Test drivers also reported that the Optima’s trunk opening is small. Standard features in the 2013 Kia Optima include USB and auxiliary ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a cooling glove compartment. Options when it was new include Kia’s UVO infotainment system, navigation, a rearview camera, push-button start and HD Radio.

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The 2013 Nissan Altima gets better fuel economy than the Optima, and reviewers appreciated its sporty performance. They also liked the Altima’s comfortable front seats and premium cabin materials.

The 2013 Ford Fusion has available all-wheel drive, and test drivers liked its athletic handling. The Fusion also earned praise for its comfortable seats and upscale interior materials.

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