Consumer Reviews Summary
13 of 14 (92%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Kia Optima Hybrid Overview
What was already one of the most stylish, forward thinking midsize sedans on the road today adds hybrid power in the form of the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid.
The Optima is one of the only midsize cars that can inspire double takes, even a couple years after its debut, and the Optima Hybrid keeps the same unique style while adding a few pieces of visual flair. Unique, aerodynamic 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels are added, along with a lowered ride height, small rear spoiler, and lowered bumpers. These changes don’t give the 2013 Optima Hybrid much distinction from normal models, but they do make it more aerodynamic which helps to improve fuel economy.
Internally, the Optima Hybrid shares a hybrid-drivetrain with its sister, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It utilizes a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a 30-kilowatt electric motor to produce 206-horsepower. Power is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission, a welcome change from the CVTs found in many other hybrids. The Optima Hybrid’s battery is powerful enough to allow the car to move under light acceleration on electric power alone; when this happens, a simulated engine noise kicks in to warn pedestrians of the car’s presence.
The 2013 Optima Hybrid is offered in two trim levels, LX and EX. Fuel economy estimates are 36/40 mpg city/highway for LX models, while the EX with its added standard equipment (and weight) is slightly behind at 35/39 mpg.
There are a few unavoidable compromises when it comes to hybrids and it usually comes in the form of cargo space; that battery has to go somewhere, and somewhere usually means the trunk. The Optima Hybrid sees its cargo space reduced to 9.9 cubic feet from 15.4 cubic feet in standard models and instead of a 60/40-split folding rear bench there is a center seat pass through. Standard features include a dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and a cooled glove box. The EX trim adds navigation, Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, powered front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.
Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, and LATCH seating for children.