No matter the Optima trim, it comes with the same body style and essentially the same interior appointments, within a very contemporary exterior. At nearly 191 inches long, with a wheelbase of about 110 inches, the Optima is at the larger end of mid-size, and its cabin layout feels very spacious. The 5-passenger layout includes 60/40-split rear seatbacks in all models, and there's enough width for three adults to fit across in the back seat. Ride quality is compliant, yet handling is quite responsive for a 4-door sedan, with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link setup in back, with coil springs and front anti-roll bars.
The 2013 Optima is very fuel-efficient, and that holds true no matter which model you choose. Base 2.4L models get an EPA-rated 24 mpg city, 35 highway, while SX Turbo models get 22/34 mpg and the EX Hybrid gets 34/39 mpg. An Active Eco system, which helps improve fuel efficiency by promoting better driving habits and smartly managing accessories, is standard on all the models as well.
Base-level LX models a height-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, power locks, windows and mirrors, a cooled glovebox and cruise control and the base sound system includes satellite-radio capability, Bluetooth hands-free calling features, and steering-wheel audio controls. At the mid-range EX level, the Optima includes upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels, leather trim, wood door trim, and metal bezels for the center console, plus leather upholstery, push-button start, a Smart Key system, dual-zone climate control, rear vents, a universal garage-door opener, a power driver's seat, additional interior lighting, and floor mats. And at the top of the lineup, the SX gets a noticeably sportier appearance--inside, especially, with special black-leather upholstery with woven trim, carbon-fiber door and console inserts, a Supervision instrument cluster, French seams and illuminated door scuff plates.
Major options on the Optima include a Technology Package on the base LX, which includes navigation, Sirius Traffic, dual-zone climate control and rear vents, and an upgraded Infinity audio system. EX models can be optioned with a Premium Package that brings various upgrades including heated-and-cooled front seats, a power passenger seat, Infinity audio, power-folding mirrors, and Kia's more sophisticated UVO connectivity system. A new Limited package for the SX adds Nappa leather seating, special 18-inch chrome wheels, LED daytime running lamps, red brake calipers, chrome exterior accents and wood interior accents.
Safety features are well represented as well, with seat-mounted side airbags in front, side-curtain bags that cover first and second rows, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Hill Assist Control for smooth starts when facing uphill.