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.