The words "stylish" and "hybrid" don't seem to go together at first glance. Somehow, though, Kia has managed to make it work with the 2013 Optima Hybrid. 

The Optima Hybrid is a very good looking midsize hybrid sedan. Kia designers knew not to mess with the good looks by adding too much hybrid badging. The only items that set the Optima Hybrid apart from the gas-engine Hybrid are Hybrid badges on the front doors and trunk lid, unique seventeen-inch aluminum wheels, and a small trunk spoiler. Inside is the same story with the Optima Hybrid having almost the same interior as a standard model. The only changes are a new gauge cluster and screens on the infotainment system providing you with information about the hybrid system.

Powering the Optima Hybrid is Kia's hybrid system which is comprised of a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. Total output from the system stands at 199 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. The Optima Hybrid differs from other midsize hybrid sedans in two key ways. One is that the Optima Hybrid uses a six-speed automatic transmission, not a continuously-variable transmission. Second, the Optima Hybrid in EV mode can run up to 62 MPH.

Fuel economy is pretty impressive for the 2013 Optima Hybrid with the EPA rating it at 36 City/40 Highway/38 Combined.

The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid starts at $25,900 for the LX model and $31,950 for the EX model. Competitors to the Optima Hybrid include the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid.



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