2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February. It is a affirmation by the South Korean automakers commitment to eco-vehicles.

The Hybrid Optima has a revised exterior similar to its gas counterpart. The changes puts emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency to aid its overall performance.

Added safety features and a multitude of high tech equipment have been included.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gals (65 L) Miles Per Gallon: 36 city / 40 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 190.7 in. (484.4 cm) Wheel Base: 110 (279.4 cm)
Height: 57.1 in. (145 cm) Width: 72 in. (182.9 cm)
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder MPI Displacement: 2.4 Liter
Horsepower: 199 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 235 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

* 2013 Spec Dimension

Engine & Performance

Under the hood is a combination of 2.4 liter, inline 4 engine along with that produces a 47 horsepower electric traction motor. What you get is a total of 199 horsepower with 235 pound-feet of torque. It has been mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission.

The Optima Hybrid goes from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph.

This cars electric and gas powertrain is expected to give you an average of combined fuel efficiency of 38 mpg.

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Exterior

The exterior shows off all the upgrades first seen a few months ago on the refreshed version of the standard Optima sedan.

For the Hybrid however, there is a unique front bumper fitted with extra vents supplying additional air flow and a reduction in drag. The new wheels also reduce drag and are lighter than those on the non-hybrid edition.

LED lighting is exclusive to the hybrid and there is also a difference in the bespoke finish front grille. The wheelbase is 110 inches with an overall length of 15.9 feet.

Interior

Inside, what you will find are high tech appointments such as the LCD instrument cluster and push button start.

Also available is an 8 inch navigational screen which provides not only GPS but Sirius XM satellite radio and Sirius traffic monitoring. UVO eServices and HD radio compatibility is also present.

The headroom is 40 inches in the front and just over 37.5 inches in the back. Legroom is 45 and a half inches front, 34.7" rear.

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