The Kia Optima Hybrid is a redesigned sports sedan for the more eco-minded.
Last weekend, Kia Motors released a Superbowl commercial showing the redesigned Kia Optima for 2016. If you need help deciding on a pair of socks as a metaphor for changing direction in your life, you need Christopher Walken to help you find those pair of socks, and end up in a Kia Optima.
The redesigned Kia Optima Hybrid comes with a more efficient 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine. Combined with the 38KW electric motor, the output of the of the hybrid system peaks at 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Electric vehicle mode and standard hybrid modes are available, for the short commutes in dense traffic, or for passing power on freeways. An electric water pump and oil pump allow for a higher degree of fuel efficiency, allowing the hybrid system to get more deliberate power to the ground.
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Instead of a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) that is linked to other hybrid vehicles, the Optima Hybrid comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission for a more natural driving feel.
Kia is also releasing a Driver Assistance System called Eco-DAS, which aids the driver in maximizing fuel economy. It teaches a driver a slightly different driving style by using audible tones indicating when to coast or brake. The change in driving style will undoubtedly maximize distance while the engine is in idle, or off, while EV mode is on.
The Optima in EX, SX, LX (limited versions, and Limited trims is build in the U.S. from globally sourced parts.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that is made in the U.S., has sporty styling, the practicality of a sedan, but want more fuel efficiency, look no further than the Kia Optima Hybrid for 2016.