2013 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid has a long list of standard features, but other hybrids get better fuel economy and test drivers were disappointed with its sluggish acceleration.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Unrefined hybrid powertrain
  • Numb brakes
  • Low fuel economy for a hybrid




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
Safety: 9.7
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2013 Kia Optima Hybrid Overview

A four-cylinder engine and electric motor power the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic. The 2013 Optima Hybrid gets 36/40 mpg city/highway, which is a bit less than what competing 2013 midsize hybrid cars get, but great when compared with the fuel economy of gas-only 2013 midsize cars. Most reviewers said the Optima Hybrid has rough transitions between electric and gas power, and that it feels slow from a stop. The Optima Hybrid’s brakes were also knocked for lacking feel.

The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid has a sloping roofline that reviewers said cuts into rear-seat headroom. Still, critics said that the Optima Hybrid’s front seats are comfortable, and most appreciated its attractive cabin design and premium materials. The Optima Hybrid comes with a long list of standard features including Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary ports, a cooled glove compartment and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features when it was new include Kia’s UVO infotainment system, navigation, a rearview camera, a heated steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets better fuel economy than the Kia Optima Hybrid. Reviewers also said the transition between gas and electric power is seamless, and its cabin is comfortable.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid also has better fuel economy than the Kia Optima Hybrid, and test drivers liked its quiet, responsive powertrain. Critics also reported that it has a roomy cabin with plenty of back-seat space.

Compare the Optima Hybrid, Camry Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid »

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