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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The turpb charged engine provides great acceleration and runs very quiet and smooth. The power curve is then my non=turbo charged vehicle."

RUSSELL O., WV (2013 Kia Optima)

"Very quick and powerful - especially for a car that gets over 30 mpg. Handling is very good as well."

R B., MO (2013 Kia Optima)

"Acceleration/power is outstanding! 2.0L Turbo"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Kia Optima)

"The drive is very good once you get over 30 mph. It has a pull to the left but I think this is due to the front wheel drive. I wish cars were all rear wheel drive."

KENNETH H., WI (2013 Kia Optima)


BRYAN D., MA (2013 Kia Optima)

"steering lacks precision and feedback"

BRUCE C., BC (2013 Kia Optima)

"Acceleration and handling are excellent. It's very fun to drive for a short time."

EUGENE M., AZ (2013 Kia Optima)

"steering gets to hard as speed increases"

LYLE C., AZ (2013 Kia Optima)

"Fun car to drive"

JACQUELI M., SC (2013 Kia Optima)

"Hesitation on acceleration is sometimes bothersome especially in winter/snow conditions."

NORMAN B., NB (2013 Kia Optima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Long trips in the hot summer of Arizona are great with the air cooled seats!"

ROBERT L., AZ (2013 Kia Optima)

"The seating and hvac are very good, heated/ventilated seats, and also infotainment system."

KASHIF S., VA (2013 Kia Optima)

"Air-conditioned seats are a great option not usually found in this price range."

KAREN R., NC (2013 Kia Optima)

"The front passenger seat sits way down relative to the driver seat. My wife and I do NOT like that, and often, when a friend or acquaintance gets into the front passenger seat, they will make a negative comment about sitting too low, etc. We would be much happier with a seat the height and size of the driver seat."

Anonymous, VT (2013 Kia Optima)

"Passenger seat sits way too low"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Kia Optima)

"Seats are initially comfortable but lumbar support is a little too intrusive Steering lacks good precision/feedback A bit too much noise into the cabin at high speed. Hill-holder is a nice feature - it's a 6-speed"

BRUCE C., BC (2013 Kia Optima)

"Seats are low for my wife and she sits on a chair cushion and has a cushion for her back."

R B., TN (2013 Kia Optima)

"I must drive from Las Vegas -> UCLA -> Las Vegas periodically. This is the only vehicle I've ever driven that I still feel good at the end of the drive as when I started. The seats are that comfortable and the overall driving position fits me perfectly. Also, very fast vehicle. Great mileage on the road."

Anonymous, NV (2013 Kia Optima)

"Has too much road noise."

DANIEL B., TX (2013 Kia Optima)

"Very good"

GENE J., TX (2013 Kia Optima)

"seats too low had to shim passenger seat. Have received numerous compliments on its style. Handles great."

LINDA W., OR (2013 Kia Optima)

"Front Passenger seat does not have height adjustment, causing passengers to feel claustrophobic, side mirrors are not tied to seat memory, ride is harsh. All these negatives are corrected in the 2016 model."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Kia Optima)

"The seats could be more comfortable and the passenger seat sits lower than the driver seat which makes it difficult to get in and out of and make you feel like you sit too low in the car (and I am a tall woman)"

SONJA M., FL (2013 Kia Optima)

"Only driving experience downside is too much road noise in the cabin. Also the gas mileage performance has been terrible. In city driving is 22-23 mph and highway is 26-27. The sticker said about 27/34. The dealer checked it out; I tried using fuel additive; changing gas... my 2003 V6 Toyota Avalon got better mileage. Good thing gas is cheap1"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Kia Optima)

"The seats are okay but the headrest is so very uncomfortable for me and I had a hard time getting use to it. It pushed my neck forward. I have a friend that complained about the very same thing."

GAIL W., TN (2013 Kia Optima)

"The seats are very comfortable on short or real long trips"

KEITH R., TX (2013 Kia Optima)

"wind noise driver side door"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Kia Optima)

"Seats very comfortable. Fit my body perfectly/ More road nose than in a 'premium' car"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Kia Optima)

"Visibility somewhat restricted. Rear View Mirror has very poor adjustment range. I'm 5'11'' and cannot adjust it to see a usable image."

KIRK H., VA (2013 Kia Optima)

"The engine rod bearings went bad at 80,000. The engine block had to be replaced at a price of $5,500. My black Kia Optima SXL has an awful clear coat over the paint. It literally showes ever single scratch on the car."

COLTON P., AR (2013 Kia Optima)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"100,00 mile warrenty"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Kia Optima)

"I feel the value is good on this car"

GENE J., TX (2013 Kia Optima)

"Excellent vehicle every bit as good as others costing twice as much"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Kia Optima)

"Good car, great style, major issues since I bought it. First Kia I have bought & happy with my Optima. I primarily drive the Kia & my wife primarily drives the Camry. Both cars are good...I prefer the sportier style of the Kia."

WILLIAM H., OH (2013 Kia Optima)

"I had a Saab for 18 years when I bought the Optima: Optima cost was lower than the Saab - new!"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Optima)

"good mileage big bang for the buck overall. great warranty"

RICK S., CA (2013 Kia Optima)

"Dealer took advantage of my trust. Car itself is a great value."

NICHOLAS G., OR (2013 Kia Optima)


JACQUELI M., SC (2013 Kia Optima)

"I commute 45 miles to work one way, I get 36 mpg all the time, sometimes better if I drive conservatively. And the car was on sale when I bought it. Got a great price."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Kia Optima)

"Incredible value. Great car overall, and not just for the money. It's s greats car. Very comfortable and very well built"

TED M., KS (2013 Kia Optima)

"What you get for the price can't be beat. Kia includes a lot as standard."

DARRYL B., VA (2013 Kia Optima)

"the options that you get for the price you pay are much better than any other comparable brand cars."

KASHIF S., VA (2013 Kia Optima)

"Great bang for the buck!"

MARTIN Z., NY (2013 Kia Optima)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like the 2013 model over the later models. I like it better than it's sister car by Hyundai. Classic, in my view."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Kia Optima)

"Numerous compliments on style."

LINDA W., OR (2013 Kia Optima)

"Sharp looking vehicle - probably one of the best in its price range. Looks much more expensive than it actually is."

R B., MO (2013 Kia Optima)

"An extremely stylish body shape still gets looks, not a civic type of looking car"

RICK S., CA (2013 Kia Optima)


BRYAN D., MA (2013 Kia Optima)

"Lots of compliments on the exterior and the seats."

RENEE B., FL (2013 Kia Optima)

"The admiring look from the pedistrians"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Kia Optima)

"Kia has gone to great lengths in overall styling of their Optima line. Very sleek look and sexy. Looks like a race car. The inside is very roomy and comfortable and quiet. Heated and air-conditioned seats is a nice touch. The roof is solid glass and has a sunroof. Doesn't get any better than that."

KENNETH H., WI (2013 Kia Optima)

"The styling looks more like an exotic sports car then a typical sedan. The car receives a lot of praise and questions on what kind of car it is for how it looks. People are typically surprised to find out its a KIA"

RUSSELL O., WV (2013 Kia Optima)

"I constantly receive compliments on my car. I have the blue SXL with white leather interior. The chrome wheels and red brake calipers are very sharp!"

KAREN R., NC (2013 Kia Optima)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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