Watch 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid Test Drive & Car Video Review on Prayogs
http://www.autobytel.com/kia/optima-h… The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is a mid-sized family sedan with a gas-electric hybrid power plant designed to compete with the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, and clean diesel models from Volkswagen. For the 2013 model year, Kia has introduced the LX base model trim which starts at $25,900. The model reviewed here in this video is the higher EX trim model which costs $31,950. When the Kia Optima hit the market it made quite a stir with a claimed 36 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway. One great thing about the Optima Hybrid that sets itself above the other cars in this segment is the ability to run in EV mode up to 62 MPH.
Unlike many hybrids on the market, the Kia Optima Hybrid looks very similar to the regular gas only Optima with a few exceptions. Most noticeable are the aluminum alloy wheels which are unique to the hybrid and the hybrid badges. Other than that and a small trunk spoiler, the hybrid model closely resembles the regular car. But the Optima has many excellent features including a great panoramic sunroof. There are only 3 color choices available on the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid: white, black, and satin metal.
The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is powered by a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine that is pair to an electric motor which is powered by a lithium ion battery that is recharged by a regenerative braking system. Combined the powertrain makes 199 horsepower and 235 lb-ft. of torque with fuel economy figures coming in at 36 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway. The battery pack is situated behind the rear seat which cuts trunk space by about 5 cubic feet.
So at the end of the day the question is “should you consider the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is you are considering a fuel efficient mid-sized family car?” Well the answer is yes; the car is great looking, gets descent fuel economy, is very safe, and has an excellent warranty.
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