Now in its second generation, the Kia Optima Hybrid has been refined and improved. In addition to the standard hybrid, a plug-in variant will be offered in a handful of states. Featuring seating for five, the Optima Hybrid offers a spacious interior and a long list of available and standard features.
Like the gas-powered variant, the Kia Optima Hybrid is closely related to the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid but it differs in a number of ways including interior and exterior styling. Powering the first generation Optima Hybrid was a 2.4-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor for a total system output of 206 hp until the 2013 model year, when Kia revised the powertrain for improved drivability as part of its mid-cycle update, dropping it down to 199 hp. Unlike most hybrids that use a CVT, the Optima Hybrid utilizes a conventional six-speed automatic transmission instead
Kia introduced the second generation Optima Hybrid for the 2019 model year and, like its predecessor, the car shares its powertrain with the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In this case, a 2.0-liter I-4 coupled to an electric motor backed by a 1.76-kWh lithium-ion battery for a total system output of 192 hp. The EPA rates the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid at 39/46 mpg city/highway. Like its predecessor, a six-speed automatic is the only transmission available. A plug-in hybrid variant is a new addition to the Optima Hybrid lineup and features the same 2.0-liter I-4 as the standard Optima Hybrid but paired to a more powerful electric motor and a larger lithium-ion battery for a total output of 202 hp.