This midsize sedan features a number of minor enhancements including new front and rear fascias that reduce aerodynamic drag as well as unique wheel offerings.
Additional vents in the Optima’s front bumper help it carve through the wind like diesel-powered deli slicer attacking a turkey breast. Additionally the car gets a unique grille, LED front lights and “Hybrid” fender badges to let the world know you’re trying to save the planet.
Additionally the available 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels are both lighter and more aerodynamic than past offerings. The former are offered on LX trim level, the latter on the EX model.
In part the 2014 Optima Hybrid is powered by a 47-hp electric motor that’s juiced by a 47 kW lithium-polymer battery pack. A starter/generator enables all of the electronic wizardry to function. Altogether the car’s powertrain puts out 199 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque.
Inside there’s a new 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster display; drivers can also snag themselves an optional navigation system with an 8-inch screen.
When it comes to efficiency the LX version of the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid stickers at 36 mpg city and 40 highway, figures that result in a combined score of 38. Curiously the higher-end EX model is 1 mpg less efficient in each category.
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