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2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

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2018 Premium 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $25,995
2018 EX 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $30,990

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.

Kia Optima Hybrid

Premium

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.

Kia Optima Hybrid

EX

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.

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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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The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid stands tall among mid-size sedans as it delivers a smart blend of handsome looks, a big interior, and the fuel economy we expect from this type of model. The Optima Hybrid supplies a competent ride with optional advanced safety features available for a steep cost.

Best Value

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid comes in Premium and EX trims and holds room for five. This front-wheel-drive model has a gas engine, an electric motor, and an automatic transmission. Kia equips the Optima Hybrid with stain-resistant cloth seats, automatic headlights, fog lights, alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, dual-zone climate control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, and a power driver’s seat.

  • Model: 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium
  • Engine: 2.0-liter inline-four, electric motor
  • Output: 192 hp / 271 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 39 City / 46 Hwy
  • Options: Hybrid Convenience Package ($1,795, 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and memory functionality, dual USB outlets, rear air conditioning vent, sound-absorbing front door windows, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking assist), Snow White Pearl paint ($395)
  • Base Price: $26,890 (including a $895 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $29,080

Performance

Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia supplies a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, an electric motor, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Base power from the engine alone is 154 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Combined, the hybrid systems nets 192 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque.

You won't find sizzling performance with the Kia Optima Hybrid, but that's not the point of this sedan. Step-off acceleration is sufficient, and when you need more power, the engine and motor respond in kind. Power shifts between the engine and motor seamlessly, enabling the Optima Hybrid to reach its combined 42 miles per gallon EPA rating. Other models such as the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid are even more efficient.

This sedan has light-to-the-touch steering and average handling. Its strongest point is its comfortable ride, thanks to revised bushings and softer damping than the previous model. Braking has also improved with much less sponginess felt than before.

Style

Other than badging and the grille style, you won't find many differences between the standard Optima and the Optima Hybrid. The front fascia features the brand’s distinctive tiger nose grille for a sporty yet elegant look. Beautiful lines and creases adorn the body. It's easy to mistake this model for an expensive European sedan with its long, flowing layout.

Inside, the cabin is clean and open. Soft-touch materials and texturized plastics are used throughout. Knobs, buttons, and other controls dominate the center stack. The infotainment system doesn't seem as carefully conceived as much of the rest of the cabin. Overall, the look is formal, even inviting. Although not the most imaginative interior in its class, it meets or exceeds expectations for a mainstream mid-size sedan.

The trunk measures 13.4 cubic feet and that's considerably less than the 15.9 cubic feet in the standard sedan. The difference may be attributed to the battery pack, as it sits behind the rear seat and only partially underneath the floor.

The Best and Worst Things

The Kia Optima Hybrid doesn't have the odd styling of some hybrids. It looks very much like the standard model, except for a unique grille and badges. Rear seat leg room is quite good, but head room is restricted by the sloping roofline. Three can fit on the rear seat, but two is ideal.

Right For? Wrong For?

Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2018 Optima Hybrid should satisfy shoppers considering a mid-size sedan with its excellent fuel economy. It isn't the most efficient model in the segment, but with a combined 42 mpg, it's a strong competitor. On the other hand, the standard model is also efficient and it doesn't have the price premium of the hybrid. As gas prices climb, the hybrid’s appeal should rise with them, especially in markets with high fuel prices as it is.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid gets it done without the style drama we've seen with some hybrids. The top-of-the-line EX model with the Technology Package pushes the final price close to $40,000, and we think that's far more than what most customers are willing to pay. Our sample build hits a sweet spot of combining hybrid amenities with some of the driver assist features customers want.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 154 HP / 140 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
39 / 46 / 42 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 154 HP / 140 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
39 / 46 / 42 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
15.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$61
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
191.1 "
Exterior Width
73.2 "
Exterior Height
57.5 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
37.8 "
Front Legroom
45.5 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,486 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
17.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Yes Essentials Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2 / 3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection (bsd) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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