About the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

About the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid
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    Introduced for 2011, the Kia Optima Hybrid was the first gas-electric vehicle sold by this Korean car manufacturer.

    It is based on the five-passenger, front-wheel drive sedan, a model that has been warmly received since it was updated in 2011.


For 2014, the Kia Optima Hybrid is refreshed, bringing with it several improvements over earlier models.

Kia Optima Hybrid Overview

Kia offers the Optima Hybrid in two trim levels: LX and EX. Both editions are powered by a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine rated at 159 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 154 foot-pounds of torque at 4,500 rpm.

Net 199 horsepower is achieved with the sedan’s electric generator, what delivers electric-only power part of the time or is teamed with gasoline motor to provide enhanced boost. This system is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Key changes with this model include refreshed front and rear fascia as well as trim-level upgrades.

Exterior Highlights

Every Optima Hybrid is outfitted with projection beam headlamps, LED tail lamps, 17-inch tires, dual-body remote side mirrors, and solar glass.

The EX edition brings in alloy wheels, HID headlamps, LED fog lights, and a panoramic sunroof.

Interior Highlights

All models are dressed with cloth seat trim; leather seats are available in the EX. An 8-way power driver’s seat is available with the LX and standard with the EX. Heated front and rear seats are included with the EX. Air-cooled front seats are included with the EX.

All models are outfitted with a tilt and telescopic steering column, an audio system, power windows and door locks, front and rear air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, a cooling glove box, and a mood lamp.

Chose the EX and your sedan is outfitted with an 8-speaker Infinity audio system, a voice-activated navigation system, a heated steering wheel, illuminated front cup holders, and a sunglasses holder. A rear view camera is standard with the EX and included as part of a convenience package with the LX.

Model Specifications

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid sits on a 110-inch wheelbase and measures 190.7 inches long, 72.1 inches wide and is 57.1 inches tall. This vehicle has a ground clearance of 5.1 inches and weighs from 3,496 to 3,622 pounds.

Front head room measures 40 inches to 37.6 inches in the rear. Shoulder room is 57.3 inches up front to 55.7 inches in the rear. Leg room comes in at 45.5 inches in the front to 34.7 inches in the rear. Hip room measures 54.7 inches up front to 54.5 inches in the rear. Total interior room is 102.2 cubic feet; cargo (trunk) volume measures 10.78 cubic feet, limited by the lithium-polymer battery pack intruding into the compartment.

Fuel Economy

The Kia Optima Hybrid is rated at 36 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. This vehicle takes regular grade gasoline. It is outfitted with a 17.2-gallon fuel tank, giving this vehicle a range of approximately 684 miles. That’s enough fuel to provide two round trips between San Antonio and Houston.

Safety Features

Every 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid includes numerous safety features. Six airbags, active front headrests, and three-point seat belts are standard. Kia also includes four-wheel disc brakes, an anti-lock brake system, traction control, stability control, hill start assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, and side-impact door beams.

Available safety features include blind spot detection, rear parking assist, and an electronic parking brake, the latter included with the EX.

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid is expected to arrive this spring. A $26,000 base price is estimated.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors America.

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