Kia-rific! 2013 Kia Optima SXL Review

2013 Kia Optima SXL


In my early 20s, I had a fast car.  I didn’t break any laws but I loved to rocket around in that car so when I had to chance to drive the 2013 Kia Optima SXL for a week, I jumped at the chance.    First, I love how this car looks and so did my teenage next door neighbor who I caught staring at this car with a major lust in his eyes.

The first time I put my foot on the gas pedal, I felt the stirring of the speed demon that I was in my early years.   This car doesn’t mess around and zooms into action with the slightest tap.  It’s good that there is an eco option to help manage the gas usage since I would burn through a tank in no time flat due to my speedy tendencies.   Although I was seriously impressed that you can get up to 435 miles per tank.  Sometimes I don’t drive that much in a month so that would mean less stops at the gas station and more money in my pocket.


2013 Kia Optima SXL Review

Not only is this car pretty, it’s loaded with some amazing options. Here are several that caught my attention:

  • Hot and Cold Seat controls for the front seat – perfect for summer since the interior was black leather.
  • Paddle Shifters for more control of driving conditions
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • A surprisingly large trunk
  • Heated seats in the back of the car
  • Controls on driver’s side door for opening the gas tank and trunk – no more digging around on your dirty floor carpets.

This is just a fraction of what this car offers so you can learn more here about the exact specifications for the Kia Optima.

2013 Kia Optima SXL Review

Ok, you know I drive an old car -well, a minivan, so my only cravat about the car is that you can’t rest your arm on the window when driving.  Perhaps this is a safety feature but nonetheless, I missed it.

This is a great family sedan with lots of storage space and options at a more affordable price than other brands.   It’s a winner in my book.


Disclosure: I was loaned the Kia Optima SXL  for 7 days for the purpose of review. No compensation was received. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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