Running around town with the 2013 KIA Optima #KIATestDrive

KIA vehicles have started to put a little soft spot in my heart, I wasn’t too sure when I started checking them out a few years back, KIA has slowly though moved up and into one of my favorite vehicles.


I was recently able to check out the 2013 KIA Optima, and although I’ve done a KIA Optima Hybrid in the past, I wanted to check out the newest available. Sedans aren’t really my thing, but with 2 kids, a husband and traveling a lot, I like to keep my options open to find the best!

One of the cool features of this car is that the locks are push button, whats that? It means that if I have my hands full, all I have to do is push the button on the handle and my car will unlock, I don’t have to fumble around with my keys, the key just has to be close by, in my purse is perfect!

Another thing I loved on this car was dual climate control. I’m always hot, I mean always, so my hubby doesn’t have to have the cold air on him at a high fan rate, perfect for him, perfect for me, and perfect for the kids because the vents were also in the back. The push button start took a little getting used to as I wanted to pull the key out each time. It’s nice having to just leave the keys in my purse at all times and no really have to take it out every time I need to start the car, or even get in it!

You can find radio and Bluetooth controls for your phone not only on the sleek looking dash, but also on the steering wheel for easy access for the driver, the ECO button also easily accessible tames your Optima down a bit, giving you less power but more economic gas mileage for when you don’t need that hard boost.

A must have when you have kids, is having the ability to clean the car easily. On the back of the 2 front seats, you’ll find a hard plastic back, which means scuff marks from kiddos are easily wiped off vs. Having to clean a fabric back. For a family of 4 (plus a dog) we had a bit of a cramped issue with the car seats being in the back, but without them there was a ton of room both in the front and back seats. The ultimate test was seeing if hubby (who’s 6’1”) had comfort in both the front and back, and he did. Lots of head room, and leg room. The trunk also had a ton of space, very large and you could easily fit everything a family of 4 needs for a road trip back there.

Check out what my daughters though of the 2013 KIA Optima below:

I loved driving the KIA Optima, it was comfortable, stylish and functional for myself and my family. If interested in finding out more, head to your local KIA dealership or visit for more information.

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