2012 Kia Optima Hybrid: Video Road Test and Review

The Kia Optima Hybrid is a four door five passenger gas electric hybrid sedan that is powered by a 2.4 Liter four cylinder engine in combination with a very torquey electric motor to send a combined 206 HP and 195 lb-ft of twist to the front wheels which is good for an estimated 35 MPG in the city and up to 40 MPG on the highway.

Starting at $26,500 the Optima Hybrid receives a few bespoke features that were optimized for aerodynamic performance like a unique front fascia and aero package that includes a standard rear spoiler as well as a set of unique 16 inch wheels on the outside and a unique instrument cluster with LCD readout for the driver inside.  The Hybrid Kia comes standard with convenience features like a Smart Key and push button starter as well as integrated turn signals in the side mirrors, a pair of projector headlamps with optional HIDs as well as the optional panoramic tilt/slide sunroof to open up the interior.  The Optima Hybrid comes standard with cloth seating but black or beige leather is available as well as heated and cooled front buckets.  Audio duties are handled by a six speaker stereo with USB and auxiliary input jacks controlled by a UVO powered by Microsoft infotainment system with Bluetooth hands free connectivity.

The option group for the most fuel efficient Kia Optima is the Hybrid Premium Technology Package that includes the panoramic sunroof with matching gloss black pillar, a navigation system with rear view camera display and a single disc CD player replacing the UVO unit as well as the Infinity premium AM/FM/XM/MP3 8 speaker stereo.  The HPTP also bundles a set of lightweight 17 inch alloy wheels, HID headlamps, heated and cooled front seats as well as heated rear seats that are upholstered in either leather and woven fabric seat trim or just plain leather.  There is also a matching leatherette wrapped center stack to contrast the unique Hybrid door trim inserts and center console with mood lamps as well as illuminated door scuff plates.

A list of cars similar to the Optima Hybrid includes the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and 2012 Nissan Altima Hybrid.

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