Why a Car is Like your Favorite Dress – 2013 Kia Optima SXL Review

A car and a dress?  How can I say they are similar in any way?  After driving the 2013 Kia Optima SXL, let me tell you – they are very similar indeed.  

We all have that one dress.  The dress that is “THE” dress.  You fell in love with it at first sight, when you put it on you feel confident and sexy.  The dress that if it was acceptable, you would wear it every day.  For some it is a prom dress or wedding dress.  Maybe it’s the little black cocktail dress.  Whatever dress it is, it’s a dress that you won’t ever part with.  



2013 Kia Optima


2013 Kia Optima SXL 

Disclaimer: I drove a new Kia Optima SXL for a week free of charge to provide you with my honest opinion of the vehicle.  

All opinions expressed are honest and my own.


The 2013 Kia Optima SXL is just like that dress.  From the moment I laid eyes on it, I said, “oh my, I am not going to want to give this one back!”  The car itself looks sexy and gets a lot of looks from passers by.  Once you get in, you feel it.  It makes you feel like you just zipped up that very special dress and you are transformed.  You won’t ever want to take it off! 

This car has all bells and whistles you could want in a car and I love what Kia is doing to increase the competition.  This Optima will rival any luxury brand car you can think of.  From the soft leather seats with both driver and passenger heating and cooling, to the center “command center” (that’s what I decided to call it) with the navigation, sattelite radio and media port, the Optima has it all.  

There are too many extras to list them all but I wanted to share a few things I love about this car. 

  • Navigation System – Super easy to use and very accurate
  • Rear Backup Camera
  • Media Port with Aux/USB– Plug in your iphone, ipad, etc… and it will recognize your device and play your music – Plus remember it for future use!  
  • Satellite Radio with 3 screens of favorite channel selections
  • Blue Tooth and voice commands
  • Dual Temperature Control
  • Dual Heated/Cooled Seats
  • Memory Seat Postioning (chose 2 seat positions and set them to memory)
  • Sliding Front Sunroof and Large Rear Moonroof
  • Lots of leg room front and back
  • Oversize Trunk (my 7 year old actually crawled in to reach something that rolled to the back because she couldn’t reach!)
  • Exterior – Beautiful, Sexy, Sleek… Perfect
  • Powerful – I’m not an expert on the technical mumbo jumbo so I will just tell you that there is plenty of power when you hit  that gas peddle.  If you need a bit extra, the paddle shifters on the steering wheel make it easy to downshift for a boost on hills! 
  • Fuel Efficient – The car holds 18.4 gallons and I drove around quite a bit for a week, to and from work, practices and shopping and used just about 3/4 tank in that time.  It is estimated to get 22-34 mpg which is awesome for a car it’s size and with the power it has! 
  • Safe – The Optima rates top notch in safety in every test!

Like I said, the features are too numerous to list, but you should definitely check them out…   For Full Specs on the 2013 Kia Optima SXL and other trim packages, visit the Kia Optima Page at their  website. 

So when my test drive was over at the end of the week, I was so sad to have to say goodbye to the Optima.    It felt like the day where you accept that you are no longer a teenager and can not wear that prom dress anymore.  The good news is, that when I am ready to buy a new car, I know where to start looking.  

If you are looking for a new ride and have a chance to drive a Kia – do it!  This is the third one I have driven now.  I have loved them all, with this one being my favorite so far.  

Do you already own a Kia?  Tell me what you love about yours too!! 

2013 Kia Optima SXL

2013 Kia Optima SXL




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  1. What a cute car. So sporty looking and great for a guy or a girl. we definitely looked at some KIA’s when we were car shopping.

    • It IS a cute car! My hubby doesn’t like my current car because it’s too girly, but he was very disappointed I didn’t give him a chance to drive this Kia!!

  2. actually we are discussing getting a car, so I will have to check this out, sounds like a dream and looks nice as well. What’s not to love , right?
    Great review.
    Question: how did it handle, turning radius if you had to do a u turn and so on?

    • It handles great Dawn! I will admit I took some corners pretty hard and stepped on the gas to test it out, and it’s awesome! I didn’t have too many tight spots to get in/out from and no U-turns, but it seemed pretty tight. I am used to driving a smaller car and I had no problem getting around in this baby.

  3. It looks sharp! Definitely NOT the Kia I remember from years ago!

    • No – that’s what everyone says! Kia is doing awesome things with the car designs and one friend even mistaked it for a Lexus!

  4. This is very helpful to assist me in a car search. I have been thinking about getting something else to drive.

    • I have loved every Kia I have driven Angie and a very affordable route when looking at new cars too 🙂

  5. I never looked at KIA as a car choice before. Thanks for the review!

    • I never did either Cindy and now wish I had when I bought my car 3 years ago. I am seriously considering trading in!

  6. This car looks like it is meant for me. It’s sporty, not too big and like the idea of safety and good mileage.

    Will be setting my sights on this when I’m ready for a car.

    Thanks Tracey for all the great information.


  7. Hey! I’m a guy who has had Mustangs, Vettes and other performance vehicles. Was just about ready to spring for the ’14 Vette when the Kia SX Turbo … a sleek black one, caught my eye! Let me tell you, 1st off, it fit me at 6’2″ very comfortable… then the looks, ride, power and all the bells and whistles. I now PROUDLY drive my black beauty, And I’m super proud of her

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