EPA Fuel Economy: 35/40 mpg
The Kia Optima hybrid is another vehicle that offers both traditional and hybrid powertrains. In the case of the latter, a 166-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine works in tandem with a 40-hp electric motor to save gas. The Optima hybrid can drive at speeds of up to 62 mph on electrical power alone, allowing the gasoline engine to shut off frequently in low-speed driving. A six-speed automatic transmission, navigation, Bluetooth, and automatic climate control are standard.
There are few outward signs to differentiate a Kia Optima hybrid from regular models. The car’s sloping rear windshield, upswept headlights, black mesh grille, LED taillights, and smart 16- or 17-inch wheels look considerably smarter than other entries in the hybrid segment. Tricks like an active grille shutter, underbody trays, and a slightly lower ride height make the hybrid ten percent more aerodynamic than a regular Kia Optima. All that adds up to fuel economy that significantly beats the non-hybrid Optima’s ratings of 24/35 mpg.