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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Kia Optima

3/11/2013
The 2013 Kia Optima is only three years old, but its primary midsize family sedan competitors from Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota, and Volkswagen have all been redesigned since the Optima debuted for the 2011 model year. Kia continues to refine and improve the Optima, adding a luxurious SX Limited model at the top of the lineup for 2013 and introducing a more powerful gas-electric hybrid powertrain for the revised 2013 Optima Hybrid model. Intrigued? Here are 5 more fast facts about the 2013 Kia Optima.

1. Kia sells the 2013 Optima in LX, Hybrid, EX, Hybrid EX, SX, and SX Limited (SXL) trim levels. The LX and EX models are equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, direct-injected engine delivering 200 horsepower. A turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the SX and SXL models, generating 274 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm.

2. For 2013, the Optima Hybrid gains a more powerful and re-packaged 47 kWh lithium polymer battery pack and a new electric motor delivering 47 horsepower, paired with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. The combined power rating is 199 horsepower, lower than last year, but torque increase from 195 lb.-ft. to 235 lb.-ft., and Kia claims the Optima Hybrid is more fuel efficient than the previous model, achieving a combined rating of 38 mpg in standard format and 37 mpg in EX trim. When the Optima Hybrid operates in electric-only mode, a Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) plays a pre-recorded engine sound to alert pedestrians of the vehicle's presence.

3. The new 2013 Kia Optima SXL model is based on the Optima SX, adding ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a navigation system, and a reversing camera system. This model is offered in a handful of colors with a choice between black or white premium Nappa leather upholstery, and can be told apart from other Optima models by its chrome wheels, red-painted brake calipers, and LED running lights.

4. Like other Kia models, the 2013 Optima is covered by a 5-year/60,000-mile standard warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Free 24-hour roadside assistance is also included, good for the duration of the standard warranty.

5. In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Kia Optima receives 5 stars (out of 5 stars)--the highest possible--in overall crash protection. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Optima is a "Top Safety Pick Plus" because it receives an "Acceptable" rating in the new small overlap frontal impact test and "Good" ratings for all other assessments.