Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Ford Fusion Hybrid

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Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Bassem Girgis is a Freelance Writer with a strong passion for creativity. Bassem strongly connects with writing, music, photography, and martial arts.


, - October 27, 2016

The Kia Optima Hybrid features a smooth, aerodynamic exterior and plenty of available comfort and safety features. The Optima has come a long way, and can now compete with the best in its class.

The Ford Fusion continues its successful line of hybrid models. The Fusion Hybrid remains one of the best midsize hybrid sedans on the market.

Is the Kia Optima Hybrid now good enough to compete with the popular Fusion Hybrid?

See a side-by-side comparison of the Kia Optima Hybrid & Ford Fusion Hybrid »

What the Optima Hybrid Gets Right

The Kia Optima Hybrid comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, which together produce 199 horsepower. The Optima Hybrid is rated at 38 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The freshened exterior features more aerodynamic bumpers with lower vents. On the inside, the Optima Hybrid packs a cooled glovebox, a 10-way power driver seat, and leather upholstery. A full range of driver-assistance technology is available.

What the Fusion Hybrid Gets Right

The Fusion Hybrid comes equipped with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine, which works alongside an 88-kW electric motor. The Ford Fusion's exterior has become extremely iconic, and it continues to feature a long, smooth, and slick shell. The Fusion Hybrid comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, a rearview camera, and the SYNC infotainment system. For a bigger price tag, you can get leather upholstery, exterior LED lighting, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. The line-topping Platinum comes equipped with a collision mitigation system, a heated steering wheel, and more.

Can the Optima Hybrid Compete with the Fusion Hybrid?

Although the Optima Hybrid boasts plenty of features, they're not enough to overcomes the Fusion Hybrid's style and performance.

Our Verdict: Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion Hybrid continues to impress us with its overall design and refinement.

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Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Bassem Girgis is a Freelance Writer with a strong passion for creativity. Bassem strongly connects with writing, music, photography, and martial arts.