The 2013 kia optima hybrid is a surprisingly entertaining ride.
When it was redesigned for 2011, the mid-size Optima became one of the most handsome and sophisticated-looking sedans on the market, instantly establishing Kia as an important new player in the mid-size family sedan segment. The Optima has since gone on to become one of the most popular sedans in its class, with a top crash-test rating and excellent fuel economy that sets it apart from its peers.
For 2013, the Optima gets only a small dose of changes intended to improve its fuel efficiency and broaden its price appeal. These updates include a revised electric motor and lithium-polymer battery pack, an improved powertrain balance, and a new trim level that adds a few features not available in last year’s model.
Inside, the 2013 Optima Hybrid is a pleasantly well-equipped car, with a supple, plush interior. The EX model is especially nice, with heated front and rear seats, a voice-command navigation system, ventilated front seats, and a premium audio system.
The Optima is also a very good family sedan, offering a comfortable and roomy cabin with plenty of legroom for taller adults. It offers standard airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as a head-protecting curtain that protects all rear passengers.
Safety is a priority for the 2013 Optima, and that's true even for the hybrid. Several airbags and stability control systems are standard, along with traction control, hill start assist, and anti-lock brakes. The Optima Hybrid is also certified to meet the federal government's new small overlap frontal-impact test, which requires front-end impact protection for all occupants.