The 2013 Nissan Altima is part of the fifth generation of this Japanese model. Based on Nissan's concept car, the Ellure, the redesigned Altima was introduced to the buying public during the summer of 2012. Released as a four-door sedan, the 2013 Nissan Altima features a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 182 horsepower, while providing an EPA-estimated 27 mpg during city driving and 38 mpg on the highway. An available 3.5-liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower delivers 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg during highway driving. This front-wheel drive, midsize car features an automatic XTRONIC CVT (continuously tariable Transmission), with both engines available with paddle shifters. Models with a V6 engine feature a manual shift mode.
The midsize sedan was introduced during the 2000 model year. It received a redesign in 2011, with higher-end materials in the cabin, a more sculpted exterior, and the option of a turbocharged engine.
The 2013 Kia Optima has high ride quality for drivers and passengers alike. It rides comfortably and responsively, making it great for daily commutes or long road trips. Tall passengers may find the headroom a little tight, however.
All 2013 Kia Optimas are front-wheel drive and are a more fuel-economic choice. The overall horsepower is exceptional, and the difference in acceleration capabilities between the hybrid model and the standard are negligible.
It's hard not to notice the 2013 Kia Optima. After its redesign in 2011, the 2013 model is one of the more stylish family sedans on the market. The Optima sports a sleek body style, a handsome cabin, and strong engine options. It's well-equipped, too - even its base model comes with alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and cruise control.
The Kia Optima is a well-rounded, midsize sedan that balances fuel efficiency with power, and an enjoyable driving experience. For people who are looking for even better fuel efficiency, we recommend looking at the available hybrid models as well.
The Kia Optima has many configurations and three trim levels:
The Kia Optima is also available as a hybrid. The Hybrid is offered with two trim levels: the Optima Hybrid LX and the Optima Hybrid EX. Both trim levels mimic their conventional companions.
Both of the regular four-cylinder engines are fairly impressive in power. The LX and EX come with a 2.4L, four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for the LX, but a six-speed automatic is optional to swap in. That very same automatic is standard on the EX.
The SX, meanwhile, is powered by a different beast. It has a 2.0L, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and produces 274 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for this model.
The 2013 Kia Optima has an impressive cabin. The Optima is built with soft-touch materials and all hard plastics are well-textured.