For a while now, I have been looking into hybrid cars as an answer to the high cost of gas. A fuel efficient car is really a must today. In my research, I was able to overcome some of the myths out there about hybrid vehicles. It has also been really interesting to learn just how a hybrid car works.
I have been hoping a more affordable hybrid would come onto the market that doesn’t lack the features and luxuries that I want in a car. After learning about the new Kia Optima Hybrid, I think it meets all my criteria. The new Kia Optima Hybrid may just be my new dream car!
- Kia’s first hybrid combines class-leading fuel economy with advanced technology, efficiency and design.
- 2011 Optima Hybrid delivers 40 MPG on the highway.
- Starting with a MSRP of $26,500 the Optima Hybrid is a tremendous value.
More About Kia’s Optima Hybrid
With a stunning design, roomy interior, class-leading fuel efficiency and a starting price of $26,500, the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid – Kia Motors America’s (KMA) first hybrid vehicle in the U.S. – will attract those looking for a stylish and well-appointed sedan that does not sacrifice style, comfort, performance or value for fuel efficiency. The Optima Hybrid employs a Kia-developed powertrain that includes several innovations, including advanced lithium polymer batteries from LG Chem, to deliver up to 35 miles per gallon in city driving and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
“Since arriving in showrooms in late 2010, the all-new Optima’s combination of stylish design, upscale features and remarkable safety have attracted new customers to the Kia brand, and with gas prices continuing to rise the arrival of our first hybrid model will continue our unprecedented growth and momentum,” said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO, KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. “With a starting price under $27,000, the Optima Hybrid provides fuel-conscious shoppers with an outstanding value proposition by being priced below nearly all midsize hybrid competitors and delivering class-leading fuel economy along with head-turning style and advanced technologies.”
In addition to offering consumers class-leading fuel economy, the 2011 Optima Hybrid also delivers high levels of style, comfort and refinement. Available in two configurations, all Optima Hybrids offer several unique features, including front grille design, 16-inch alloy wheel design, headlamp design, fog lamps, heated outside mirrors, front and rear lower bumpers and side sills and LED tail lamp design.
Priced at $26,500, the Optima Hybrid adds to the extensive list of standard convenience features and stylish appointments found on the well-equipped Optima LX A/T trim with features such as: eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dual zone automatic temperature control with rear vents, push-button start with smart key, SupervisionTM meter cluster with LCD display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, one-touch automatic up/down on front windows, chrome interior door handles, glove box illumination, rear reading lamps, and fixed rear seats with ski pass-through. The Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS), standard on the Optima Hybrid, plays a pre-recorded engine sound during electric-only operation to help notify people outside the vehicle that it is approaching.
Consumers who select the Optima Hybrid with the available Hybrid Premium Technology Package, priced at $5,000, will enjoy additional comfort and convenience features, including: panoramic sunroof, unique 17-inch alloy wheel design, four-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat, driver’s seat memory, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, HID headlamps with automatic leveling, leatherette-wrapped center fascia, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with HomelinkTM and compass, a navigation system with back-up camera and SIRIUS TrafficTM9 and an eight-speaker Infinity®10 audio system (these available features replace the UVO system).
Like all Kia vehicles, the 2011 Optima Hybrid is equipped with a high level of standard safety features, including six airbags11 (dual advanced front and front-seat mounted side as well as full-length side curtain), front active headrests, side-impact door beams, height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Four-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Traction Control System (TCS), a Brake Assist System (BAS) and Hill Assist Control (HAC) also are standard.
Kia has this great video series for additional information about design, technology, value and battery. Be sure to check it out!
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