Excellent bang-for-your-buck. Kia is known for making cars that are excellent value propositions, and that remains true with the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid. The model has an excellent list of standard equipment that includes: heated side mirrors, a hands-free trunk, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Available features are also impressive for the Optima Hybrid, as the vehicle can be fitted with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED interior lighting, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and an 8-inch touchscreen.
Good, not great, fuel economy. The Optima Hybrid features a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that's paired with an electric motor. Shifts are handled through a six-speed automatic transmission with drive going to the front wheels. The EPA rates the vehicle to get 39 miles per gallon city, 45 mpg highway, and 41 combined.
Spacious and comfortable. As a mid-size sedan, the Optima Hybrid has a spacious cabin that's sure to impress. Passengers in the front are treated to comfortable seats that are power adjustable. Materials feel and look high end, and Kia has stuck to using old-fashioned buttons, knobs, and dials, which is a nice touch.
While rear head room is down compared to the competition, you won't notice unless you go into another option back-to-back, though. Like other hybrids, cargo space is down compared to the regular version. The Optima Hybrid has 13.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which isn't as good as some competitors.
Admirable safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Optima a Top Safety Pick Plus, which should hold true for the Optima Hybrid. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a perfect five-star overall safety rating.
In the real world, the Optima Hybrid comes with a great list of safety features. Rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera are standard. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and high beam assist are available.
Final thoughts. Few can match the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid when it comes to value. With a class-leading list of standard features, some of which rival luxury options, superb crash-test scores, and a handsome design, the Optima Hybrid is a fashionable hybrid that puts value first.
We would have been more than content with the Optima Hybrid's excellent list of standard and available features, but its clean design, comfortable cabin, and decent performance make it one of the better hybrid options in the mid-size segment. If there's one thing we're left wanting for with the Optima Hybrid, it's better fuel economy.
The Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Ford Fusion Hybrid are all more efficient and have more spacious cargo areas. Competitors also have larger cabins, making them better suited for families.