The Kia Optima stands out among typical humdrum midsized sedans with a well-tailored coupe-like silhouette. It also comes with a generous helping of standard equipment for the price. But look past these initial draws and the Optima proves quite ordinary. Neither noise isolation nor ride comfort are stellar. This iteration of the Optima remained a good choice, but was showing its age relative to the newer-designed competition.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Kia Optima stands out among typical humdrum midsized sedans with a well-tailored coupe-like silhouette. It also comes with a generous helping of standard equipment for the price. But look past these initial draws and the Optima proves quite ordinary. Neither noise isolation nor ride comfort are stellar.

This iteration of the Optima remained a good choice, but was showing its age relative to the newer-designed competition. The Optima has secure, if uninspiring handling and the engine and transmission are unobtrusive. At 27 mpg overall, fuel economy was respectable, but fell short of the 30 mpg competitors were doing at the time. A hybrid was available too.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (274 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (200 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 hybrid (199 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Kia Optima owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"backup camera stopped working"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It's almost useless, when you back up all you see is the exhaust smoke/steam. At night you can't see anything except your car's exhaust"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Kia Optima)

"The backup camera stopped working at about 73000 miles and I had to purchase a new one"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Camera failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ORIGINAL BACK UP CAMERA WORKED GREAT FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS, THEN STARTED WORKING INTERMITTENTLY, THEN COMPLETELY FAILED AND DIDN'T WORK AT ALL. COMMON PROBLEM, WASN'T COVERED UNDER WARRANTY, HAD TO REPLACE MYSELF AT MY OWN EXPENSE"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Frequently see noise in picture; overlay but no video; or just black display"

D S., GA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittently does not work"

Paul G., FL (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Camera failed was replaced under warranty"

Stephen F., IL (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CD player

"I use my CD player daily, so it gets a lot of wear and tear. But I'd had to replace my CD player twice from the dealer"

Donna P., TX (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"backup camera went out."

Brice H., IN (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"system needs to reboot itself once in awhile"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Flash drive music files play awful w/ lot static, seat heat & cooling comes on by itself...etc. Mechanic says codes for many of the computers show errors. Reset all computers. Problems return after few months."

Anonymous, (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Touch screen stopped working"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The bluetooth and navigation system is one unit; the phone quality was poor and thus, they changed out the entire unit under warranty (ends at 36,000 miles/3 years for the unit unlike the rest of the car which is 60,000 miles... they did not tell me"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima EX)

"Mapping was at least 5 years out of date when the car was brand new. It tells us to exit where there are no exits. It will take guide me somewhere completely different to the address I entered"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone paired, but I could not access the phone as a media source. Had to reset the unit and re-pair the phone. Has been working so far. Planning to replace system with aftermarket unit."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The problem seems to come and go - it is repaired for a while - then - it reappears!"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"connection is faulty and will suddenly disappear completely and must be reentered in the system"

Aaron W., FL (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Blue tooth phone does not work at times. People on the other end can not hear the driver and cuts off"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"could not here on bluetooth"

Kathleen B., TX (2013 Kia Optima)

"radio was replaced twice, because phone would not pair, load contacts or connect with apple iphone 4 or 6"

Berchard S., NM (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio lost XM SYRIUS connection due to a short in the radio"

Vernon W., AZ (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Radio shuts down and I am unable to turn back on until car has been shut off and sets overnight before it will turn back on"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio system is the worst I have had since 1969. You can't get a clear signal without static on any station and reception range is very short. Kia said that nothing wrong with antenna or radio and that this is normal"

Janet T., FL (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"connection had to be changed"

Kathleen B., TX (2013 Kia Optima)
Routine software updates

"The problem is that there is not routine software updates for the Navigation system. Kia seems to want to charge for map/system updates and frankly, I don't use it much any more and rely on Waze or other smartphone based apps. Additionally, they should provide updates to the whole system so that Carplay can be used."

Andrew L., ON (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"The small panel containing the Bluetooth buttons caved into the steering wheel"

Drew L., LA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"voice commands don't normally work well, lot of wind noise"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"There engine threw a rod and left us stranded. Kia resolved the issue by replacing the engine under recall notice."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine shut down due to known connecting rod bearing issue"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine replaced by Kia under recall due to excessive wear of engine rod bearings. 2 months to repair."

Scott Y., CA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This engine faliure was not in last 12 months. Engine was replaced by warranty and was not a great inconvience."

Anonymous, RI (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It has always had intermittent sputtering since our purchase in 2015. I had taken it in to the Kia dealership repeatedly over the years for diagnosis, but it did not present itself to the mechanics, so we continued to chase it. It had a severe loss of power on my way to work one morning, and I limped to the dealership. The problem ended up being an engine recall issue due to the code that it showed. Luckily, the diagnoses occurred just weeks before our extended warranty was up. The engine was replaced late 2019 at no cost to us."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Same issue."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine stopped suddenly. Was towed to the dealer. He said it was a known issue. And they replace the engine"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine covered under warranty. No cost for major repair. Towing back costs covered as well."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was a result from a recall for possible debris in the engine that may cause it to seize or sustain damage due to clogged lines."

M D., GA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Received recall notice. Took car to dealer. Dealer determined engine should be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine quit at 97200 miles, was replaced free of charge under warranty"

James S., OK (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"On the recall list from Kia. Waiting for instructions. I believe the engine will be replaced by KIA"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine suffered a catastrophic failure and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ENGINE FAILED AT 65000, WAS REPLACED BY DEALERSHIP BUT WAS A HASSLE AND HAD THE CAR FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo took out the engine and catalytic converter"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo occasionally does not work"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"turbo lag at low revolutions, loss of power,"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"The alignment seems to go off quickly over time. The steering is really jerky on the highway, so I feel like I'm fighting the wheel."

Jordan G., KS (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cobblestone ice resulting from road icing during winter of 2013 caused wheel alignment problems"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Tie rod failure that Kia blamed on us hitting something. We did not hit anything. I believe it was a manufacturer defect. Had to go through my insurance"

Bart H., PA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"I originally went in for an oil change and the dealer informed me there was a recall on the steering system. Hours later, the tech was having problems with the repair and then told us our power steering pump had failed. The pump is connected to the recalled part he was trying to fix. Long story short, they told us we would have to buy a new pump. We contested this through Kia corporate, and months later, they agreed to reimburse us for the cost of the pump."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"had to replace rear shock, left side leaking, did both replacment"

Patrick G., CT (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I was told strut was leaking and inspection failed. They also did emission inspection but would not pass it untill strut was replaced. Strut had to be ordered and two weeks later strut came in. returned to dealer for strut replacement and they told me I would have to pay for emission inspection again. I refused to pay and they dropped. Sounded like a scam to me."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The steering wheel produced a clicking noise as it was being turned. It sounded and felt like the steering wheel could come off!"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Optima 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"small gap when reversing when direction"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I can't remember when the problem started, but one day out of the blue, the steering wheel started making a clicking noise and was not as precise and did not steer left or right without making this noise. It was very annoying and scary. I wanted to get it fixed as fast as I could, thinking that my life or my wife's life would be in danger. I took it to a Goodyear garage center close to where we lived. They said I would need to take it to the dealer. I did so. When I inquired about it at the Kia dealership in town, the service manager assured me it was not a life threatening circumstance. I was not in a position to leave the car and they couldn't fix it that day; so I took it to an independent mechanic later who fixed it. It has given us no trouble since, but I must re-emphasize that this was a very scary experience!"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Optima Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Electronic steering has hitch in it"

James S., OK (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clicking sound in front left; recall for similar issue did not alleviate the noise. After recall work was completed, alignment was very bad"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"I heard a grinding noise and expereinced vibration when traveling over 45 mph and when stopping. There was a recall regarding the streering system. I did not have to pay but it would have been a $400 repair. The repair occured about 10 months ago."

Anonymous, (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Steering coupler covered by recall warranty."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Same issue as with the ball joints"

Bart H., PA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tire wear was uneven due to the wheel alignment problem caused by cobblestone ice"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Clip holding front bumper fascia has failed on both the driver side and the passenger side. Fascia is still attached firmly, but pops out permanently on the sides causing. While not a safety hazard (not worried about it falling off), significant reduction in appearance"

John A., CA (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Passenger front tire wheel well came loose hitting the tire ripping a hole in the plastic molding"

Alice G., IA (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"rubber wheel well (front passenger side wheel) became loose after driving through deep snow. Dealer repaired this for $120"

Richard S., NH (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"the lower front spoiler disconnected during a road trip. the piece did snap back originally. the lowest bumper guard did break and cannot be fixed after it fell off"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"back panel of drivers seat keeps popping loose - plastic latching hook does not stay secure"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Buttons to unlock/lock windows"

Mark D., MO (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on my car hasn't stood the test of time. There are cracks around the cars paint and peeling. It just looks bad and its only 7 years old and I take very good car of it."

Jordan G., KS (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat is coming away"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Covered in last response"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima)

"crack and peeling paint front bumper"

Debbie W., NY (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a spot on the side where the paint is peeling. I don't know how it happened. Perhaps a supermarket cart hit the car"

Tobi K., NJ (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat over the hood emblem lifted away"

Greg K., OH (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Paint cracking"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Hood has 3 paint chips all rusting past couple of years. One is about 1.5 times larger than pencil eraser diameter and rusted through (paint around it loose and should soon chip more). Considered fixing but not worth loosing 2 to 4 days of use and spending $500 to $1,000 IF I could find a reputable body shop as dealer does not offer service. They said on the bright side as it's the hood it won't go to other areas. Ironically the rest of the cars paint looks great and the hood has been more chip resistant than my Pruis etc."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima)

"Just above the front windscreen I found 4 - 5 rust spots. I advise the Kia dealership. My car was kept for 3-days and the roof repainted. All underwarenty and at no cost to me"

Grant T., ON (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The A/C compressor stopped working and impacted the engine when the compressor stopped. I stopped the vehicle and shut off the A/C and was able to continue. Replaced the compressor at the dealer without issue."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"ac worked one day and the next day it didn't. compressor just stopped working"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"compressor failed and had to be replaced at 140,000 miles"

Anonymous, (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"takes the compressor or some other air conditioner issue to take a few minutes before it starts blowing cold air."

Anonymous, (2013 Kia Optima Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor needed to be replaced at 81000 miles. Cost was $995"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed at 15000 miles, covered under warranty"

Dave S., CA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"In extreme heat conditions, the A/C control is inconsistent. Specifically, the cooling stops and the fan speed reduces without changing any settings"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped blowing cold air. A solenoid was replaced and it works fine - no cost to me"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"the amount of air this car blows out is minimal. If the vent fan is not cranked to the max, I don't know if any air would blow out. There is now way to comfortably drive in the summer without the AC at the lowest setting and the fan on High"

Lee G., ND (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Driver side heated seat quit working"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"After having the car for a week, mildew or mold seemed to grow in the heater core. Car was taken in 3 times for cleaning. Last time might have fixed it, but winter came. Will know in another few months if it comes back"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Heater core blockage"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"kept blowing fuses. the other problem was the bluetooth regularly fails to connect"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"Not sure if it is body control module. It was a module that cost over $800 to replace. It was an electrical module"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"CC would intermittently shut off when using resume feature, dealer could not duplicate and found no bulletins to fix issue"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

""Fog" light switch failed. Repaired at no cost under warranty"

Anonymous, OR (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Fog lamps do not work"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Gauges

"The buttons on the steering wheel barely work and sometimes a button does something that another button is supposed to do"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The headlights are very expensive to replace, if done by the dealer. They are much less expensive if purchased at an auto parts store and have them installed by an auto repair service, such as Firestone."

Troy F., WA (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Right Front headlight continually burns out"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Switching on/off lights in the back caused switching the lights on in the front"

Oleg O., MD (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The door switch that triggers the interior light to come on when the door is open was too sensitive so the interior light would come on when making a right turn. It was easily fixed"

Heather S., CO (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Battery apparently had been replaced prior to my purchase and the fuse apparently had not been reinstalled correctly. The vehicle wouldn't start at all and then flashed and would not allow the vehicle to be shut off completely until the battery died. Required being towed 30 miles to the closest dealer. Kia did pay for towing and the repair even though they said it wasn't a warranty item"

Alice G., IA (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Tire pressure monitor

"Had issues from the beginning, randomly goes on. No one has been able to correct it"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"One of the rear calipers would not retract for it was seized open causing premature brake pad wear and turned my rotor blue due to constant friction. Was able to have it repaired the same day of noticing the problem."

Anonymous, QC (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"I have to get the front brake pads replaced."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Kia Optima)

"I had the brakes repaired"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"They noticed it at the service department when I was getting my oil changed. The brake pads were worn down. I did notice some loudness in the brakes the weeks beforehand but not enough to worry me at that time."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"normal break ware drum and pads"

Anonymous, NE (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"3 sets of brakes in about 45000 miles, one set replaced by dealer at no cost"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes front and back needed new after 6 months"

Debbie W., NY (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Conn road salt in the winter love to eat at rotors,"

Patrick G., CT (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Pitted"

Dawson C., NB (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"A noisey brake pedal when brakes applyed. Replaced master cylinder."

Anonymous, MN (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittent squeaking while driving, noise goes away when brakes are applied brake caliper service required pads are ok rotors are ok"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"The fuel cap sometimes does not close properly and gasoline can leak out"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel gauge/sender

"I never really knew how much gas was in the tank. sometimes it read full on starting and a few minutes later the warning light would come on that I was low on gas. It was very unreliable and unpredictable."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima)
Fuel injection system

"Leaking fuel line into the injection system."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle had an engine warning light on the dash - the engine was running "rough" - taken to a dealer (out of town) and it was repaired by replacing the high pressure fuel pump at no cost to me"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"warranty recall to update the software"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"fuel pump failed, not covered under warranty cost $1,000 repair"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Stopped working"

Amber S., UT (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The fuel sensor in the car is defective. The car went 4 different times to the dealer to fix the same issue"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"o2 sensor in exhaust. plugged up. multiple trouble codes. $480 to repair/replace."

Anonymous, MI (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Transmission computer went out"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car had a periodic hesitation, but did not stall. Only happened once every 3 months or so. Kia issued a recall to reset the ECM and car has been fine since"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Metal shavings collect in oil causing engine noises that Kia will not repair until the engine stops working completely. Regular oil changes keep the problem at bay, but do not eliminate or correct the problem."

Anonymous, NM (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine is so loud, constant knocking but I'm told that's normal for the kia"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Kia Optima)
Oil leaks

"Turbo oil line had leak issue, but a recall covered the issue."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In the winter we discovered that all of a sudden oil was significantly leaking after driving. I tested the level and it was down to almost zero. I called Kia, they advised that it might be a recall that was never serviced for the oil feed line and to get some oil to fill it and bring it in. I put about 3.5L in (it was that low) and took it in the next day. They said oil was everywhere around the engine and it was a recall issue. They replaced the faulty line, did a full oil chainge and cleaned up as well as they could. All no charge and no problems since."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"minor leak around the oil pan plug - seems to need some sort of gasket"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"oil leaks around drain plug - relatively minor - doesn't have a gasket but may need one"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic discovered minor leak in oil pan during routine servicing"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Door open light came on every time I turned right. Finally fixed by putting a shim in door frame by switch"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"The passenger side mirror would not tuck in or out. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seat controls - movement

"motor needed replacing for driver seat under warranty, still makes a little noise"

Marty B., CA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Seat controls - temperature

"driver AC seat control doesn't seem to cool and taking in to see"

Marty B., CA (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"The driver's side heated seat stopped working after two years. The problem was found to be with the heating coils in the seat. The seat upholstering was replace and was still under warranty"

Grant T., ON (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"rubber molding comes out"

Mario D., IL (2013 Kia Optima 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The moulding gets pulled away from the body when the sunroof closes. It was been glued multiple times"

Greg K., OH (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rubber seal of sunroof moved and was bent/trapped slightly off location. Dealership fixed problem under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"tailgate rubbing on bumper removing paint"

Anthony G., FL (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"not sure why water is entering the passenger compartment."

Wayne K., NY (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Windshield seems to rattle a tad and the passenger seat likes to squeak periodically"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Sounds like bushings are worn out"

Tony S., OH (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When starting the car, the exhaust tip seems to rattle. It mostly goes away once the engine is warmed up. It probably just needs to be tightened up. We haven't bothered sending it to the dealership"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"noise in sun roof"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind noise has been a problem since the beginning, but has progressively gotten worse as the seal around the windows age. It is now excessive. Response from Kia has been "that it is normal for the 2013 and it is better now in the 2015""

Janet T., FL (2013 Kia Optima EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise is terrible. When I talk on my cell phone, people complain about the terrible noise"

Donna P., TX (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"wind noise from door area at high speeds; and in-car circulation mode doesn't seal out external odors (e.g. traffic exhaust). Not as good as 2007 Altima I had before. Kia unable to change it and said it's the design"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"The problem was with the right passenger side wheel bearing, can't recall the details. It had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Because we prefer to drive our Tesla exclusively, the Optima rarely gets driven. As such- the battery gets completely depleted. We had to replace one battery because it wouldn't recharge, and I've had to call AAA once to jump the Optima because it wouldn't start at all since I had the battery replaced in January. Replacement battery was insane price from Kia and their roadside assistance was unhelpful. I was completely on my own."

Erik M., IL (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"This vehicle is hybrid and had an electrical relay problem that made it undriveable. The problem was fixed in a matter of days at no cost, i.e., under warranty."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric battery replacement

"Hybrid system failure while driving. Barely made it to service station to call AAA. Car towed to Kia dealership. System failed due to hybrid coolant reservoir failure, spilling coolant all over hybrid battery, shorting out system. Replacement necessary, over $4,000 quoted, but was given half off parts, supposedly. Only paid about $2,300."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 2.4-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Starter

"Starter motor began to malfunction at 90,000 miles . Replaced at no cost to me under extended warranty. Very difficult to get the starter motor to turn the engine over at all, but finally worked and made it to the dealer."

William B., CA (2013 Kia Optima LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter not ingaging"

Thomas D., IL (2013 Kia Optima 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission was leaking fluid. Took to dealer and they replaced transmission free of charge"

John B., PA (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Transmission not shifting properly, sometimes would surge forward. Computer check of diagnostic code showed transmission sensor. *** Note en g inexpensive light did not come on for this problem"

Robert E., FL (2013 Kia Optima Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Connection between coolant reservoir an engine cracked (was made out of plastic) and had to be replaced."

M D., GA (2013 Kia Optima SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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