After a successful introduction of the Kia Optima, Kia is introducing the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, which starts at $26,500 (excluding the $750 destination and handling charges). A hybrid vehicle at $26,500 is a reasonable price compared to other hybrid vehicles on the market.
Although the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid is on based the same platform as the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ($25,795), it is about $705 more. Kia’s reason for the price increase over the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is that it has more standard equipment, such as a rear backup camera, rear spoiler, auto-down front windows, a cooling glovebox, compass, and a new infotainment system. All that for $26,500 on the attractive 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid? We’ll take two please.
The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid is powered by a 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine producing 169 horsepower, and mated to a 30kW-electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. The combined power output of both the engine and electric motor is about 209 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Just like the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, the hybrid engine is U.S. EPA rated at 40 mpg highway and 35 mpg city, and with a combined 37 mpg.
Gasoline prices are hovering around at $4.20 per gallon, and it makes a lot of sense now to own such an affordable vehicle like the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid.