Cars.com recently named the 2013 Kia Optima as the most affordable midsize sedan.
According to the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, the Optima outshined its competitors when it comes to affordability primarily because of its strong features, which include cruise control, automatic transmission, a USB connection, Bluetooth, power windows, a rearview camera and a power driver's seat. Experts noted that the fuel savings on the Optima also helped it fetch the No. 1 spot on Cars.com's list.
"The Optima topped the list because of its combination of great features, low price and impressive estimated five-year fuel cost," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's editor-in-chief. "With an estimated $9,750 in fuel cost over five years, the Optima topped out at just $32,975, which is more than $3,000 lower than the average midsize sedan for the same period of time."
Other vehicles on the list include the 2013 Nissan Altima SV, 2013 Honda Accord Sport, 2014 Mazda67 Touring, 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid LX, 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE, 2014 Subaru Legacy, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 1 LT, 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE and 2014 Ford Fusion SE 2.4.
"The midsize sedan remains one of the most popular segments in the U.S.," Olsen said. "They serve as great cars for families, commuters, road trippers and more. Because of this, carmakers offer a dizzying amount of styles and options, but with differing content that can make it hard for shoppers to compare apples to apples. That's why we've put this list together, so that shoppers can understand where the most value is before they head to their dealer."
Kia Georgia builds one-millionth vehicle
Earlier this month, Kia's Georgia manufacturing facility celebrated a milestone, after it built its one-millionth vehicle in the U.S. The one-millionth car built by Kia was a snow white pearl 2014 Sorento SXL, which rolled out at its assembly line in West Point, Ga.
The manufacturing facility in Georgia started as a $1 billion initial investment in Nov. 16, 2009. In addition to building 1 million vehicles, the plant is also responsible for creating 11,000 jobs. The automaker completed a $100 million expansion in 2012, allowing it to build 360,000 vehicles a year, including the Optima mid-size sedan. According to the automaker, the Optima has be the No.1-selling car in the country for the past 19 months.
"Building 1 million vehicles in less than four years is a tremendous achievement and one that each one of our more than 3,000 team members can take great pride in," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO for Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. "People are the heart and soul of this company, and our team members' commitment to world class quality is one of the major driving forces behind Kia's unprecedented sales and market share growth in the U.S. over the last few years."
The automaker also noted that it is responsible for the creation of 11,000 jobs and that June marked the 19th consecutive month in which the Optima has been the top-selling vehicle in the country,
This year was a strong year for Kia, as the automaker will have released seven all-new or redesigned vehicles by the end of 2013. Some of those vehicles include the already released 2014 Sorento CUV and the Cadenza and Forte sedans. Kia recently launched a national marketing campaign for the Cadenza and already the automaker has sold 1,000 of the vehicles.