Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 Kia Optima Hybrid OVERVIEW
If you're a fan of the Kia Optima's good looks and value among other family sedans, then the Optima Hybrid marries those virtues to a gas-electric hybrid system for some of the best fuel economy figures for a car this size. Consider the Optima Hybrid, then, as a perfect combination of style and sensibility.
What's New for 2015
After a 2014 refresh, the Optima Hybrid enters 2015 with minor changes. A laminated windshield is now standard on the EX and optional on the base model.
Choosing your Hyundai Optima Hybrid
The Optima Hybrid comes with one powertrain, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor with 47 kW battery to produce a combined 199 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This achieves fuel economy figures of up to 36 mpg city and 40 mpg highway for a combined 38 mpg, according to the EPA.
Buyers choose from two trim levels, Base and EX, with significantly different equipment levels:
If your mission is economy, stick with the base model. The EX offers nice features, including more safety tech, but isn't the best value.