2013 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan with minor updates

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The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan has just showed up for this year, and not too many changes from the previous year model. The hybrid sedan was revised to be more performance-driven and fuel efficient, and it has a starting price at about $26,000.

The revised 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan is powered a four-cylinder engine and a 47-hp electric motor, producing a total of 199 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, which is about 7 hp less and 40 lb-ft of torque more than the previous year model. According to the company, the increase in torque makes the car more responsive. With the revised hybrid powertrain, the 2013 Optima Hybrid is rated at 36 mpg in the city, 40 on the highway, and a combined of 38 mpg.

In addition to powertrain revision, theĀ 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan now has more trunk space, which was accomplished by the installation of a more compact Lithium Polymer battery pack. To further increase in fuel efficiency, the ride is also lowered to reduce drag, and a set of more aerodynamic wheels are now available in 16-inch on the standard model and 17-inch on the EX model.

There is optional equipment for theĀ 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan, such as panoramic glass roof, reversing camera, 8-speaker Infinity audio system and heated and cooled leather front seats.