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Photos of the Kia Optima

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL front quarter view

Front end pulls back and up from "tiger nose" grille. Larger wheel reduces visual mass of ov

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima trunk

About average trunk volume, 15.4 cubic feet.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL panoramic sunroof

Large, two-panel panoramic sunroof is standard on the SXL.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL rear seat

Comfortable, but limited headroom.

Kia Optima Photos: Kia Optima shifter obscures seat heater switches

Shifter blocks driver's view of the seat heat/cool switches. Kids play pranks.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL instrument panel, from right

Lots of buttons. Seat heat/cool switches to right of shifter. Parking brake forward and to left.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL instrument panel

Strongly driver-oriented. White trim on black instrument panel for strong contrast. Not symmetrical.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL rear quarter dawn

LED tail lights.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL side view

Distinctive rear pillar owing to side window kink, chrome trim. Tail lights extend far into fender.

Kia Optima Photos: 2011 Optima EX front quarter view

Front overhang appears excessive with EX's smaller wheel.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL front quarter close up

More dramatic angle, a fun car to photograph.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL front quarter at dawn

Early morning shot.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL partial front quarter

LED strip doesn't fit shape of fog lights, and somewhat redundant.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL front view

Tiger nose grille.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL engine

274 horsepower, smooth and nearly lag-free. EPA ratings (22/34) good for such a powerful engine.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL rear quarter

Equally bold from this angle. Chrome trim and cut lines propel eye rearward.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL interior

Bold, driver-oriented styling. A lot going on.

Kia Optima Photos: 2013 Kia Optima SXL engine uncovered

In case you were wondering what's under the cover.