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2013 Kia Fast Facts Guide

3/26/2013
Kia has transformed itself over the course of the past half-decade, giving consumers reason beyond an industry-leading warranty to consider the brand. After hiring design talent from Audi, the automaker launched a series of cars and crossover SUVs that blend style, performance, and fuel economy in equal measure, while retaining a compelling value equation. There is likely more to come from Kia in the years ahead, but even now, the company that built its reputation on a generous 5-year/60,000-mile warranty with roadside assistance, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, offers a strong lineup.

Below, find a summary for each Kia model that includes changes for the 2013 model year, EPA fuel-economy ratings, and crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


2013 Kia Forte
This is the final model year for the current Kia Forte in advance of a complete redesign. A compact car offered as a 2-door coupe (called the Forte Koup), 5-door hatchback, and 4-door sedan, all trim levels of the 2013 Kia Forte have a new 16-inch aluminum wheel design and two new paint colors. The EX and SX trims gain LED running lights and power-folding exterior mirrors.

Depending on the body style, engine, and transmission selected, Kia Forte fuel-economy ratings range from 22 mpg in the city with a manual transmission (Forte SX) to 37 mpg on the highway with an automatic transmission (Forte Eco Sedan). In crash tests, the NHTSA gives the Forte 5-door hatchback and Forte Sedan a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating. The NHTSA does not rate the Forte Koup. In IIHS crash tests, the 2013 Forte models are named "Top Safety Picks."

2013 Kia Forte Sedan Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Kia Forte Koup Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Kia Forte Hatchback Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Forte Quality Ratings


2013 Kia Optima
Kia's midsize sedan adds a new SX Limited (SX-L) trim level for 2013, a luxury-themed model with premium leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation system with a reversing camera, LED running lights, and chrome wheels. Additional changes include a standard automatic transmission for the Optima LX, and the cancellation of the Optima EX Turbo model.

Kia Optima fuel-economy ratings range from 22 mpg in the city for the SX and SX-L models to 35 mpg on the highway for the LX and EX. In NHTSA crash tests, the Optima receives a 5-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating, the most favorable possible. Note, however, that in the side-impact test, the rating for the driver is 3 stars. The IIHS gives the 2013 Optima its most favorable rating of "Top Safety Pick Plus," reflecting the Optima's "Acceptable" rating in the new small overlap frontal-impact test.

2013 Kia Optima Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Optima Quality Ratings


2013 Kia Optima Hybrid
The 2013 Optima Hybrid is equipped with a revised gas-electric hybrid powertrain for 2013, one that includes a stronger electric motor and a more powerful battery pack. Two models are offered this year: a standard Hybrid and a Hybrid EX. The new EX model has larger 17-inch aluminum wheels, leather, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation system with a reversing camera, premium sound system, and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Optima Hybrid fuel-economy ratings improve this year, too, ranging from 35 mpg in the city for the EX model to 40 mpg on the highway for the standard Hybrid model. Crash-test ratings mirror the standard Optima (see above).

2013 Kia Optima Hybrid Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Quality Ratings


2013 Kia Rio
Available in 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan body styles, the 2013 Kia Rio sub-compact's optional Eco package adds automatic stop/start technology this year. The EX and SX versions of the Rio 5-door now include a cargo tray and net, while SX models for both body styles gain standard paddle shifters.

Kia Rio fuel-economy ratings range from 28 mpg in the city with the automatic transmission to 37 mpg on the highway with the manual gearbox. The NHTSA gives the 2013 Rio a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall crash-test rating. The IIHS has evaluated the Rio only for moderate overlap frontal-impact crash protection, giving the car a "Good" rating.

2013 Kia Rio Sedan Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Kia Rio Hatchback Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Rio Quality Ratings


2013 Kia Sorento
In its final year before a substantial upgrade for 2014, the Kia Sorento midsize crossover SUV lineup is paired to LX, EX and SX trim levels, all equipped with a standard automatic transmission. The LX trim adds a standard UVO infotainment system, the EX gets standard leather seats, and the SX is less expensive than last year.

Kia Sorento fuel-economy ratings range from 18 mpg in the city (SX 4WD) to 30 mpg on the highway (LX and EX with 2WD). In NHTSA crash tests, the Sorento receives an overall rating of 4 stars (out of 5 stars), and in IIHS crash tests, the Sorento is named a "Top Safety Pick."

2013 Kia Sorento Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Sorento Quality Ratings


2013 Kia Soul
The Kia Soul is difficult to classify, but the best way to describe it is to call it a compact multi-purpose vehicle. Changes for 2013 are limited to the inclusion of Bluetooth hands-free connectivity as standard equipment and expanded color choices.

Kia Soul fuel-economy ratings are dependent on engine and transmission choice, ranging from 23 mpg in the city for the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an automatic transmission to 31 mpg on the highway for the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with an automatic transmission and the Eco package. Based on NHTSA crash-test results, the 2013 Soul receives a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating. The IIHS calls the Soul a "Top Safety Pick" for 2013.

2013 Kia Soul Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Soul Quality Ratings


2013 Kia Sportage
Kia's compact crossover SUV, the 2013 Sportage, gains standard power exterior mirrors this year, while the SX trim has LED running lights. Sportage EX versions can be optioned with a unique Blue Interior package for 2013.

Kia Sportage fuel-economy ratings are dependent upon engine, transmission and drivetrain choice. Models with a manual gearbox, all-wheel drive, and the 2.4-liter engine are rated to get 19 mpg in the city, while the same engine paired with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive is expected to return 30 mpg on the highway.

Detailed NHTSA crash-test and rollover-resistance results are identical between the Sportage 2WD and AWD models, but the 2WD model receives a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating while the AWD model gets a 5-star overall rating. The IIHS calls the 2013 Sportage a "Top Safety Pick."

2013 Kia Sportage Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Sportage Quality Ratings

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