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.