Does Kia have a hybrid car?
How efficient is the Kia Optima Hybrid?
The Kia lineup has one hybrid vehicle at this time, but they are working on expanding their lineup. This hybrid option is the Kia Optima Hybrid. This is an alternative to the popular Optima model. This vehicle has all the benefits of the Kia Optima plus the advantages of a hybrid.
The Optima Hybrid is powered by an electric motor and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that offers 199 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle is powered by one or both depending on the type of driving being done. This combination of power helps the Optima Hybrid get impressive fuel efficiency. The Kia Optima Hybrid LX gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
The Optima Hybrid switches effortlessly between the electric motor and gas engine. The Optima Hybrid has four modes for dealing with each particular driving situation. They are as follows:
- Launch: The Optima Hybrid uses electric power to start-up and lower-speed driving.
- Accelerate: When at full acceleration, the Optima Hybrid uses both the gasoline engine and electric motor.
- Cruise: When driving on the freeway, the Optima Hybrid will rely on the 2.4-liter engine.
- Decelerate: During deceleration, regenerative braking converts kinetic energy to electrical energy to automatically charge the electric motor’s battery.
If you are interested in learning more about the Kia Optima Hybrid, call or visit Gateway Kia of Warrington. We will be able to help answer any further questions you might have. We also encourage you to look forward to the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid which will be headed to dealerships later this year. Now might just be the perfect time to make the to switch to a hybrid vehicle.