The 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid’s powertrain uses a 2.0-litre inline 4 engine with a 1.62kWh Battery pack and an electric motor which creates an EPA fuel rating of 40 mpg city, 45 highway, 42 combined. Combined power of engine and motor is 192 horsepower. The Hybrid’s battery packs can run the vehicle for short distances on e-power only, but at low speeds and minimal distances. Like the Sonata Hybrid, the Optima Hybrid can toggle between Hybrid and Charging modes that can maintain the battery’s state of charge or charge the 1.62-kwh lithium-polymer battery located in the trunk. The hybrid batteries use up some of the cargo space, leaving 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room. The available 60/40-split folding rear seats create some additional cargo space.
This is a car that customers wanting to trade up to a more fuel-efficient hybrid will want to check out. Kia calls its Optima Hybrid “Efficiency at its most elegant.” Redesigned to be technologically smarter and far more mechanically effective, the car’s major improved aerodynamics give it a streamlined, futuristic look. With its new 6-speed automatic transmission and 2-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, it offers a combined 271 lb.-ft. of torque for an exhilarating drive.
The EPA has calculated a 668 Total Mile Range for the Kia Optima Hybrid; a stellar amount! The U.S. Department of Energy (www.fueleconomy.gov), has estimated that Kia Optima Hybrid drivers will save $2,750 in fuel costs over 5 years, compared to driving an average new fossil fuel vehicle.
Kia offers the 2020 Optima Hybrid in one trim: EX ($29,310 MSRP). Standard features include: an 8-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Drive Mode Select (DMS), Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) w/ Stop & Go, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist w/ Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) w/ Auto Hold, Bluetooth Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity, Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Conventional Cruise Control and Hands-Free Phone Controls, a USB Audio Input/Charging Port, Dual Front USB Charging Ports, Single Rear USB Charging Port and 12 V Charging Outlet in Rear Console, a Wireless Charger, a Supervision Meter Instrument Cluster w/ LCD Trip Computer and Hybrid-Specific Graphics, a Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column, Power Windows w/ Driver and Front Passenger One-Touch Auto-Up/Down, Power Door Locks, a Smart Key w/ Push-Button Start and Immobilizer, and Dual Zone - Full Automatic Temperature Control (D-FATC).
In crash tests carried out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Optima Hybrid earned a perfect 5-star overall score. The sedan also earned the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ rating, with top scores in all tests and a Superior score in the crash avoidance and mitigation test.
Safety-wise, the The Optima Hybrid’s Iso-Structure is made of 53% advanced high-strength steel. The advanced airbag system comes with dual front, front-seat-mounted side, and full-length side curtain airbags. It also features high-tech sensors that can detect the level of an impact and presence of a front passenger, helping to control airbag inflation. It’s added protection no matter the destination. Every Optima Hybrid comes standard with active safety systems including Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), an Autonomous Emergency Braking System and Hill-Start.
New for 2020: the Optima Hybrid has received an upgrade in standard equipment. The added features include: 17-in alloy wheels, an 8-in UVO infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and standard Kia Drive Wise technology, which includes forward-collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and driver attention warning. There is still a Technology Package available, which now throws in ambient lighting, LED headlights and fog lights, a 10-way power adjustable front passenger seat, a panoramic sunroof, and ventilated front seats. Navigation is optional on the Optima Hybrid via the Technology Package.
Concerning the 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid, Edmunds experts say: “Take all that is good about the Kia Optima – smooth ride, comfortable interior, generous set of standard features – and combine it with more than 40 mpg, and you get the 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid. If you're considering a midsize sedan for short-range commutes and in-town driving, the Optima Hybrid merits a look.”
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