2014 Kia Optima Hybrid to get MPG Boost

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid to get MPG Boost

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata was updated this year with a larger battery pack that boosted the combined fuel economy by 2 mpg, a change that will also be introduced to the Kia Optima Hybrid. 

“The Optima Hybrid will receive updates as well (increased electric motor power, enhanced battery and increase in cargo capacity) in its own rights,” a source within Kia told AutoGuide.com. The timeline for when the updates will be coming was not revealed by the representative, but the 2014 model year is likely.

If the changes carry over unchanged from the updated Hyundai Sonata, the Kia Optima Hybrid will be rated at 38 mpg combined, 40 mpg highway and 36 mpg city.

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To achieve the increased fuel economy, the Sonata Hybrid gains a larger 10.5 kW hybrid starter generator, a higher output electric motor, and a new 47 kW lithium polymer batter pack. New driving pattern detection and engine on/off logic has been introduced to the Sonata as well, to help optimize power usage.

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