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2013 Kia Optima Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

5 star
awanamom1128 writes:
Love it! Would buy again.

We bought this car before out third daughter was born, and the back seat is wide enough that we were able to fit the carseats for our "three under three", albeit with some pushing. My 6' 4" husband is able to comfortably sit in either front seat; the leg room is great! I love the Bluetooth and the steering wheel controls. The trunk has a HUGE amount of space and is able to fit our double stroller and all of our groceries with no problem, and my bread is never smashed. :) The ride is smooth and quiet, and the interior is very comfortable. The A post is a little wide at the base and can cause a bit of a problematic blind spot for shorter drivers. I have also had an occasional problem with the display, radio, and CD player cutting off and not coming on again until the vehicle was restarted, but this has only happened two or three times since we bought this vehicle brand new. All in all, the problems we've had have been very minor.

5 star
KiaDriver434 writes:

The important stuff: The car handles nicely and gets great gas mileage. It has great safety ratings. It is very spacious and comfortable. The warranty is unbeatable and the car is reliable. The extras: Stock sound system is loud and clear. Stereo is tilted toward the driver. Heated and cooled seats are perfect for any weather. Backup camera is perfectly calibrated. Panoramic sunroof makes you feel free. The car is visually stunning. On price: Feels like a luxury car but at an affordable price. Great value. What I would change: Less road noise. More visibility out of rear window.

Safety Ratings and Recalls


2013 Kia Optima

Overall Front Crash
Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Overall Side Crash
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side
Side Pole Crash

Recall Notices

2013 Kia Optima (3/31/2017)

Campaign Number: 17V224000
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America
Description: Kia Motor Company (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento and 2011-2013 Sportage vehicles. Machining errors during the engine manufacturing process may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.
Defect: Bearing wear may result in the engine seizing, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine assembly, and replace the engine if necessary, free of charge. The recall began June 20, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC147.