Bragging rights among hybrids often come down to a matter of just a few miles per gallon in the EPA ratings. It seems like a somewhat arbitrary metric given the old “your mileage may vary” disclaimer, but fuel economy is nonetheless an important measurement for the engineers, marketers, and consumers of these thrifty machines. Among hybrid mid-size sedans, the Kia Optima hybrid can’t claim best-in-class mileage—that honor belongs to the Honda Accord hybrid, which achieves 48 mpg combined compared with the Kia’s 42 mpg. The 46-mpg Chevrolet Malibu hybrid also beats the Optima, while others in this class, including the Ford Fusion hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata SE hybrid (the Optima’s corporate cousin), tie the Kia in the government’s testing.
While most other half breed frameworks utilize constantly factor programmed transmissions (CVTs), the Kia matches its 2.0-liter four-chamber with a routine six-speed programmed, with the electric engine and a grasp supplanting the torque converter. This marginally unpredictable setup pays off as far as refinement, as it evades the rambling sensation show in numerous different half breeds when the powertrain is entrusted with dire increasing speed.
Another noteworthy component of Kia’s mixture framework is the way the battery pack fits flawlessly under the back seat. With this situation, the Optima’s trunk measures 13 cubic feet, bigger than the 12 cubic feet found in the Fusion half breed or the Malibu mixture (however 2.5 3D squares not exactly the fuel just Optima). The Optima half breed likewise keeps up the 60/40 split-collapsing back seat, which gives a wide go through to bigger things.
Familiar Optima Goodness
As it is in the standard Optima, the hybrid’s passenger compartment is a satisfying place to spend time. It boasts great fit and finish, an easy-to-use control layout, and comfortable seats front and back. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard, and options such as a panoramic sunroof, heated leather seats, and a Harman/Kardon audio system create a premium vibe.
With 192 total horsepower lugging a bit more weight than in the standard model, the Optima hybrid doesn’t feel appreciably quicker than the regular four-cylinder, although the instantaneous torque from the electric motor does help make it more responsive when merging or passing. The car’s dynamics are mostly unchanged from the standard Optima, with accurate steering, well-controlled body motions, and a quiet cabin. The only giveaway that you’re piloting a hybrid is the spongy and vague brake-pedal feel, a common sore spot in hybrids because of the difficulty of blending regenerative and friction braking systems. There also are numerous eco-focused menus and displays available in the instrument cluster and dashboard screens for those who are inclined to hypermile their Kias.
Blurring Value Equation
Kia’s accentuation on esteem has mellowed starting late, as prove by this half breed. While it begins at an alluring $26,845 ($3595 not exactly the base Accord cross breed), that is for a generally scantily prepared model without things, for example, control seats or blind side cautioning. A stacked Optima EX half breed like the one we drove peaks $37,000, which is about $6000 more than a proportionally furnished Optima EX with a 2.4-liter motor. That is an intense pill to swallow, particularly when gas is shoddy—a headwind that all automakers offering charged vehicles are battling at this moment.
Past the value premium, notwithstanding, the Optima half breed requests few bargains contrasted and the standard model—so few that it’s anything but difficult to overlook you’re driving a mixture. With a great mix of reasonableness, refinement, and style, the Optima is a strong contender among average size crossover vehicles, especially for the individuals who don’t take a gander at the EPA numbers.