2013 Kia Optima Turbo Review: Pricing and Trim Levels
Turbocharged 2013 Kia Optimas are offered only in SX and SXL trim levels, with prices starting at $27,575 and topping out at $35,740 with every option. Yes, those prices include the $775 destination charge.
The Kia Optima SX is equipped with so many standard features, it makes no sense to list everything here. Rather, we’ll cover the highlights, starting with what the SX model adds over the less powerful Optima EX.
In addition to the turbocharged engine and the sporting hardware we’ve previously mentioned, the Optima SX includes a unique grille treatment and a subtle body kit with a rear lip spoiler, auto-leveling HID headlights, LED taillights, a premium “Supervision” gauge cluster, illuminated stainless steel door sill scuff plates, cloth and leather seats, interior trim with a carbon fiber appearance, and alloy pedals.
Otherwise, the Optima SX is kitted out like the Optima EX, including heated side mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a HomeLink universal remote, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack.
For the ultimate Optima, try the new-for-2013 Optima SXL, which is what we drove for this review. The SXL is distinguished by its chrome 18-inch wheels, red-painted brake calipers, chrome exterior accents, LED running lights, power folding exterior mirrors, and panoramic glass sunroof.
Inside, the Optima SXL features wood trim accents and fabric-wrapped roof pillars that match the headliner. The seats are wrapped in premium Nappa leather, the front passenger’s seat is power adjustable, both front seats are heated and ventilated, and the rear seats are heated. A memory system stores individual driver settings, and a navigation system, a reversing camera, a premium Infinity sound system with HD Radio, Microsoft UVO infotainment technology, an electronic parking brake, and a first aid kit are also standard on the Optima SXL.
Now you can understand how our test car ran $35,275.
As for safety equipment, the Optima Turbo includes six airbags, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a traction and stability control system. A reversing camera is optional on the SX and standard on the SXL.
In crash tests conducted by the NHTSA, the 2013 Optima received a 5-Star overall rating. Last year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2012 Optima a “Top Safety Pick” rating. The IIHS, however, has not yet carried that rating forward for the essentially identical 2013 Optima.