Aug
10
2015

2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Preview

Pros:

You’d be driving a car that set a Guinness World Record for “Lowest Fuel Consumption in a Hybrid Gasoline Vehicle” in 2011. Plus, you get a highly stylish car that comes very well equipped in base guise.

Cons:

You’re paying quite a bit more for better fuel mileage with the Hybrid over the regular Optima, as there are very few differences between the two otherwise.
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Price and Fuel Economy: Speaking of price, there are three Kia Optima Hybrid models to choose from.
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid LX $30,095
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid EX $33,695
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid EX Premium $36,695

Differences between the LX and EX include larger wheels (17” instead of 16”), panoramic sunroof, LED daytime running lights, interior mood lighting, leatherette dash trim, and heated steering wheel and rear seats.
Opt for the Premium edition of the EX and you’re adding tech bits and bobs such as an 8” Multimedia Interface, blind-spot detection system, as well as leather seats and air-cooled front seats (on top of already being heated).
Regardless of model chosen, the engine remains the same. Normally that would mean the same fuel economy numbers across the board, however, the larger wheels, and added kit mean the numbers are a bit off. In the LX model you’ll see 5.9L/100km on the highway and 6.6L/100km in the city. For the EX and EX Premium models you’re looking at 6.1L.100km on the highway and 6.7L/100km on the highway.

Changes and Improvements: No major changes were made to the Kia Optima Hybrid, save for aesthetic bits and bobs here and there (revised LED lighting, new interior TFT screen and materials used).

Powertrain:

The only engine available on the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid is a 2.4L 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle Theta II mill. Engine horsepower sits at 159, with 49hp available from the electric motor, and there’s 154 lb-ft of torque from the electric motor as well (151 from the gas).
Power is handled via a 6-speed automatic transmission, not a CVT! Sportmatic clutchless shifting is featured as well for a truly sporty drive, despite the hybrid badging.

Cargo capacity:

The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid features 305L of trunk space for all your goodies. That’s not too much less than the non-hybrid Optima that offers up 437L.

Safety:

On all 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid models standard airbags as well as 4-wheel disc brakes and ABS are standard, along with ESC, hill assist control, and a rear-view camera.
Comparing the Kia Optima Hybrid: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Honda Accord Plug-In, Ford Fusion Energi.