Kia Optima Hybrid Overview

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Must-know advice before you buy, by Matthew Keegan:
  • 2017 Optima Hybrid offers excellent value
  • Incentive: $4,000 cash back
  • Finance: From 0.0% APR for 60 months plus $1,500 cash
  • Lease: From $219 for 36 months
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How to Choose: Options, Packages & Styles

Kia’s midsize Optima has earned a growing number of kudos for its European-style good looks, as well as its value compared to other family sedans. The Optima Hybrid ties those laudable virtues to a gasoline/electric... Read more »

Expert Review: Our Take

Kia initiated a complete redesign of the Optima Hybrid for 2017, giving it new, albeit very lightly changed, body and a new powertrain that pushes fuel economy to a more competitive range. While these are... Read more »

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Generations

The Optima is now in its third generation, and has come a long way from the original model first introduced in 2001. The hybrid version was first introduced in 2011 when the current generation debuted.

The Hybrid is available in two trim levels, the LX an EX. Both feature a 2.4-liter hybrid gas-electric power plant. Fuel economy is good, with 36 mpg city and 40 mpg highway on the LX -- the EX drops by one mile per gallon. With traction control, stability control and side curtain airbags, the Optima earned a five-star safety rating.

2011 - 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
3/4 Front Glamour 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Major changes included:

In 2011, Kia redesigned the entire Optima lineup with an all-new, sportier exterior and a well-appointed interior. The 2011 model also brought about the first generation for the Optima Hybrid model, which came standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 166 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to create a total of 206 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. Tweaks to the hybrid system in 2013 dropped the output to 199 horsepower, but increased fuel economy.

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