Kia presses the "pause" button for 2013, taking a product breather in advance of the arrivals of a redesigned 2014 Forte, the new Kia Cadenza entry luxury sedan, and a flagship luxury sedan tentatively titled the Quoris. Perhaps in preparation for the brand's move upscale, all 2013 Kia models except the Forte receive redesigned Kia badge logos this year. The Sedona minivan will remain available at Kia dealerships through the end of 2012, and then it goes on hiatus. Kia promises a return of the model in a statement, saying "production [is] scheduled to resume in 2013." The remaining lineup of six models have few changes for the 2013 model year.
2013 Kia Forte
The Kia Forte is a compact car sold in 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 5-door hatchback body styles with LX (sedan only), EX or SX trim levels. The 2-door model is called the Forte Koup, while the hatchback is referred to as the 5-Door. A redesigned Forte Sedan is expected for 2014.
New 16-inch aluminum wheels standard on Forte EX
Power-folding exterior mirrors standard on EX and SX trims
LED running lights standard on SX trim and optional on EX trim
Two new paint colors
2013 Kia Optima
The Kia Optima is a midsize family sedan available with a standard 4-cylinder engine, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, or a gas/electric hybrid powertrain that Kia says can operate on electricity alone at speeds up to 62 mph. The non-hybrid Optima is offered in LX, EX, SX and SX Limited (SX-L) trim levels. As this guide is written, Kia has not released information about the 2013 Optima Hybrid.
New SX Limited trim equipped with premium leather seats, wood interior trim, unique 18-inch chrome wheels, LED running lights, and more
Manual transmission for base Optima LX is dropped
EX Turbo trim is cancelled
One new paint color
2013 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio, redesigned for the 2012 model year, rolls into 2013 with few changes. It continues to be sold in 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan configurations, in a choice of LX, EX or SX trim levels.
Eco package adds an Integrated Stop & Go automatic stop/start system to help improve fuel economy
Hatchback models come standard with cargo tray and cargo net
SX trim gains paddle shifters
2013 Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento is a midsize crossover SUV equipped with seating for up to 7 passengers. Buyers may select one of two 4-cylinder engines or a V-6, and between front- or all-wheel drive. Trim levels include LX, LX V6, EX, EX V6 and SX V6.
Kia's UVO Bluetooth and infotainment system is now optional for the LX trim
New LX Convenience Plus package adds a power driver's seat, floor mats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a first-aid kit
A third-row seat is standard for the LX V6; optional for EX V6 and SX V6
EX trim equipped with standard leather upholstery
2013 Kia Soul
The Kia Soul is a 5-door multi-purpose vehicle that blends a compact exterior with a roomy and functional interior, according to the automaker. Marketed to younger consumers through a hip-hopping hamster ad campaign, the Soul's trim levels include Base, + (Plus) and ! (Exclaim). Buyers choose between two 4-cylinder engines and either a manual or automatic transmission.
Bluetooth is standard on all trims
Power folding exterior mirrors added to Soul !
Expanded availability of exterior colors
2013 Kia Sportage
Kia's compact crossover SUV, the Sportage, is available in LX, EX and SX trim levels, with two engine choices: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder driving the front or all four wheels. A manual gearbox is available only on the Sportage LX with front-wheel drive; all other versions get an automatic transmission.