Hybrid Version of Kia’s Best-Selling Nameplate Maintains Style, Efficiency

  • Hybrid sedan continues to boast a sleek design, impressive array of features, and impressive fuel economy
  • 2016 Optima Hybrid has an EPA-estimated MPG of 40 on the highway1

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015 – As a carryover from the 2015 model year, the 2016 Optima Hybrid continues to offer all the qualities that consumers love about the third-generation Optima, including its striking European design, abundance of premium features, and exceptional value, all while enhancing fuel economy with a fuel-sipping hybrid powertrain that helps minimize visits to the pump.

Available in two well-appointed trim levels – Hybrid and Hybrid EX – the 2016 Optima Hybrid benefits from a 2.4-liter engine that works in conjunction with a 47-horsepower electric motor to produce a combined 199 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. Supplying the electric motor is a powerful 47 kW lithium polymer battery, while a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission transfers all the power to the Optima Hybrid’s front wheels. While there is plenty of power, it’s also fuel efficient, with the Optima Hybrid has EPA-estimated 36 MPG in the city, 40 MPG on the highway, and 38 MPG combined, with the Hybrid EX has EPA-estimated 35 MPG in the city, 39 MPG on the highway, and 37 MPG combined1.

The 2016 Optima Hybrid features unique exterior elements that enhance aerodynamics and help set it apart. The Optima Hybrid has additional vents on the front bumper to increase airflow and reduce drag. Low rolling resistance tires are mounted to 16-inch alloy wheels or super low rolling resistance tires are mounted to 17-inch alloy wheels (depending on trim) to help reduce weight and drag. The front grille is also unique as are Hybrid-exclusive fender badges, and certain components make extensive use of aluminum instead of steel to help offset the weight of the battery.

Both trims are handsomely equipped with premium standard features, but for those seeking more from their Optima Hybrid, both trims are available with packages that up the hybrid’s premium feel. The Hybrid Convenience Package  adds a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, UVO eServices2 with rear-camera display3, LED front positioning headlights, and an acoustic laminated windshield and front door windows, which help the cabin stay library-quiet. The Hybrid EX can further be dressed up with the Technology Package, which adds the Panoramic sunroof with gloss black B-pillars, Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and a Back-up Warning System3.

In addition to the Hybrid’s design, performance and efficiency, it comes standard with a variety of safety features. Both trims offer standard driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)4.


* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts

1 Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

2 No subscription fee for UVO eServices. No charge for the UVO eServices app. App uses your smartphone cellular data service. Normal cellular service rates will apply.  Always drive safely and use caution.

3 These features are not substitutes for safe driving, and may not detect all objects surrounding vehicle. Always drive safely and use caution.

4 For maximum protection, always wear your seat belt.  No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions. Always drive responsibly

** K900 available in select trims and in select markets with limited availability.

*** Soul EV in select markets with limited availability.

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