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The Kia Optima has been an award-winning model since 2011. In addition to being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick every year since 2011, the Kia Optima also earned a number of other notable awards. Due to the Optima’s continuous success, Kia added two additional model variations to the 2017 model year, the Kia Optima Hybrid and Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid. Both of the new models have the same sophisticated style the Kia Optima has, but they also have more fuel efficient powertrains that offer consumers a lot more variety. Here’s a closer look at all three of the Kia Optima models and their fuel economies.
The Optima was redesigned in 2016 and consumers love its sophisticated and sleek style. Since 2016, the Kia Optima has been available with three engine options and they all give the Optima a great amount of power as well as a great fuel economy. Available engine options include the 2.4-liter I4 engine, turbocharged 1.6-liter I4 engine and the turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 engine. Of the three engines, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is the most powerful as it produces 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and it has an average fuel economy of 25/36 mpg city/highway. The 2.4-liter is the base engine and it pushes out 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the turbocharged 1.6-liter I4 engine is the most fuel efficient and it averages 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Kia Optima Hybrid
The Kia Optima Hybrid is a great choice for consumers that want an affordable and stylish sedan with an above average fuel economy, but aren’t necessarily comfortable with getting a vehicle needs to be recharged like a plug-in hybrid electric model (PHEV). The Optima Hybrid is equipped with a 2.0-liter I4 engine parallel hybrid system and it increases the Optima’s fuel economy by 10 percent. The Optima Hybrid averages 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway and according to fueleconomy.gov, the average driver saves an average of $2,500 in fuel costs after driving the vehicle for five years.
Kia Optima PHEV
The Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is a great choice for consumers ready to dive into the electric powertrain world, but not completely sacrifice a gas engine or the space and comfort of a mid-size sedan. The Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) so it can be powered by dual electric motors powered by a battery as well as a gas engine, or in hybrid mode, which is a combination of the battery and the gas engine.
As a PHEV, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid has a few different fuel economies. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid can travel up to 27 miles when only powered by a battery and that also means it can travel 27 miles without releasing any tailpipe emissions. When the battery and engine work together, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 103 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and when only powered by the gas engine, the vehicle has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 40 mpg. All-in-all, the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid saves the average driver about $3,250 in fuel costs over five years.
Interested in a Kia Optima? You can learn more about the Kia Optima, the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid online at NowCar. If you are already convinced that you want it to be your next vehicle, you can also buy it online at NowCar as well!