The hybrid version of the 2011 Kia Optima sedan will arrive at U.S. dealerships this June. It’s priced at $27,250 (including a $750 destination charge), making it more expensive than the Optima’s mechanical twin, the Hyundai Sonata hybrid priced at $26,545.
It’s also priced $560 higher than the top-of-the-line Optima SX. Just like the Sonata, the Optima hybrid features a modified 2.4-liter inline-four engine that delivers 166 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque.
It is equipped with a 40-hp electric motor and a 30 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Kia claims that the car can go as fast as 62 mph on electrical power alone.
When combined, the motor and gasoline engine have an output of 206hp and 195 pound-feet of torque. The Optima hybrid has an EPA rating of 35/40 mpg city/highway, a marked improvement over the 24/35 mpg ratings of a non-hybrid Optima that has a manual transmission.
The standard equipment for this hybrid car includes a power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The car has been given a set of hybrid-exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels, and fog lights, LED taillights. It has new designs for the front and rear fascias to set it apart visually from its non-hybrid siblings. The hybrid car has also been installed with UVO, Kia’s Microsoft-powered infotainment system that enables drivers to control phones and music players through the use of voice commands.