2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
If you like the look of the redesigned 2017 Kia Optima but want even more efficiency, then you are going to love the new hybrid options. Coming out in the fall of 2016, Kia is releasing both a standard Optima Hybrid and a plug-in Optima Hybrid.
Officially fuel efficiency numbers haven’t been released, but Kia expects the standard 2017 Optima Hybrid to gain 10% over the 2016 numbers, which came in at 36 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
Powering the Optima Hybrid will be a 154-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 38-kilowatt electric motor and a 1.62 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Optima Plug-in Hybrid will use the same gasoline engine, but with a 50 kilowatt motor and a 9.8 kWh battery pack. This should give the plug-in version 27 miles of electric driving.
Both hybrid models will come with active grille shutters along with other aerodynamic enhancements to lower their drag coefficient to 0.24. Other than these modifications, the hybrid models should be nearly identical to their gasoline-only counterparts.
Initially, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid will only be available in the EX trim, but the Optima Hybrid should be available in multiple trim levels.
With these models, Kia looks to increase the overall fuel efficiency of its entire lineup.