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3.5 (Good)
39 City / 46 Highway

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2018 Kia Optima Hybrid OVERVIEW

The fourth-generation Kia Optima Hybrid is now into its second year, delivering up to 46 miles per gallon highway by combining a 2.0-liter gas engine, a 50-horsepower electric motor and a 1.62-kilowatt-hour battery.

What's new for 2018

Launched in late 2016, Kia has refreshed the Optima Hybrid sedan for 2018 with minor color and trim combination changes. It’s unchanged mechanically.

Kia Optima Hybrid

Choosing Your Kia Optima Hybrid

Every Optima Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter gas engine and a 50-horsepower electric motor.These two power sources collectively supply 192 hp and 271 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Optima Hybrid returns 39 mpg city and 46 mpg highway for 42 mpg combined, thanks in part to its hybrid battery pack hidden beneath the rear seats. This reduces the standard Optima’s 15.5-cubic-foot trunk by 2.5 cubic feet. Otherwise it’s business as usual, with a stylish exterior and a well-appointed cabin.

Every Optima Hybrid has a decent safety roster, including hill-start assistance plus various stability and traction systems. Bluetooth is standard across the range, with dual-zone climate control. The driver’s seat benefits from eight-way adjustment, though the passenger seat only has six-way adjustment.


There’s a big gulf in price between Premium and EX trims, though Premium buyers won’t feel shortchanged. For $26,890 (including an $895 destination charge), creature comforts include keyless start, automatic lights, and six-way adjustable front seats. The seven-inch touchscreen features Kia's UVO infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio. It's also the main showcase for the rear-view camera. Tunes pump out of a six-speaker audio system.

The Optima Hybrid Premium only offers a single package, $1,795 Hybrid Convenience Package, but with the level of equipment on offer, that's a reasonable price. Content includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, 12-way adjustability for the driver's seat and a memory function, and a pair of USB ports for passengers in the backseat.


Larger 17-inch wheels and LED running lights distinguish the $31,885 Optima Hybrid EX from the outside. An eight-inch touchscreen powers a ten-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, giving this model an immediate leg up on the Premium trim, and that's before considering the subwoofer and acoustic front windows. Luxuries up front include a heated steering wheel and 12-way power adjustable heated leather seats.

The optional $5,000 Technology Package has a hefty price, but brings a lot to the range-topping Optima Hybrid. This pack encompasses over a dozen items, but virtually every single one is worth having – there's an entire active safety suite, encompassing forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and all the gear from the Premium's Hybrid Convenience Package. On top of that, this package adds ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, and a 10-way passenger seat. The price for this package is dear, but it's worth the expense.

CarsDirect Tip

Upgrading the Optima Premium with optional safety features like blind spot monitoring represents the best value for money in this formula, while the only reason for grabbing the EX trim – which isn't a great value on its own – is so you can spend another $5,000 for the active safety equipment. Unless you're willing to shell out nearly $37,000 for your Optima Hybrid, stick with the base model.

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