2018 Kia Optima Hybrid vs Hybrid Plug-In

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

  • Standard Engine2.0L I4
  • Horsepower192hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *39 / 46
  • Transmission6-Speed Shiftable Automatic


2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Plug-In

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Plug-In

  • Standard Engine2.0L I4
  • Horsepower202hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *38 / 43
  • Transmission6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid vs 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Plug-In

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Kia Optima fans have the unusual advantage of being able to choose among conventional, hybrid and hybrid plug-in versions of their favorite sedan. The two electrics share many traits – elegant efficiency, thrilling looks, superior comfort, outstanding safety and intelligent design. Your choice between the two will rest largely on your preference for a regular hybrid versus the plug-in variety.

Powertrain

Both Kia hybrids start with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that puts out 154 horsepower. The electric motor on the Optima Hybrid is a 38-kW unit that brings the total output to 192 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The Hybrid gives you fuel economy of 39 city/46 highway mpg. The Hybrid Plug-In comes with a more powerful, 50 kW motor for a combined output of 202 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque, and an estimated 103 MPGe rating.

Hybrid Technology

Kia uses a Full Parallel Hybrid system in its Optima electrics that combines an electric motor with a Gas Direct Injection engine. Each component can work separately or together to give you an optimized driving experience. The electric motor is used exclusively during start-up and low-speed driving, while both combine during acceleration. These models use high-density, lightweight lithium polymer battery that have been re-engineered for more energy and power. The gasoline engine in the Hybrid charges the battery pack, whereas you can charge the battery directly in the Hybrid Plug-In from an external outlet. The Hybrid Plug-In offers an EV mode that provides up to 29 miles of all-electric driving. It is a Transitional Zero Emission Vehicle that earns it HOV-lane rights in select states. A 120V standard outlet recharges the battery overnight, whereas a 240V charger does the job in about 3 hours.

Features

The Optima Hybrid and Hybrid Plug-In are almost identical in their features and dimensions. Both are thoroughly modern sedans with luxurious cabins and advanced safety equipment. The larger battery in the Plug-In Hybrid means that it offers less cargo capacity and weighs an addition 250 lbs. The Hybrid EX model comes standard with fog lights, unavailable on the Hybrid Plug-In EX. The dashboard on the Plug-In has special features, such as a switch for EV mode.

We invite you to visit our Kia dealership to test-drive the 2018 Optima Hybrid and Optima Hybrid Plug-In. You’ll appreciate our friendly customer service that emphasizes your satisfaction, so stop in today!


* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.