2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Overview
- Hybrid version of Kia’s Optima midsize sedan
- Gets the same styling changes for 2014 that the Optima received
- Up to 36/40 mpg city/highway
The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid is the electrically augmented version of the popular Optima sedan and offers enhanced fuel economy in a stylish package that still turns heads.
Most of the Optima Hybrid’s updates for 2014 are found on the exterior, mimicking many of the updates that the gas version received. Those changes include updated front and rear bumpers, new foglights, and new taillights which wrap around the sides of the car almost to the rear fenders. The Hybrid gets a few unique updates as well, including new venting up front that improve aerodynamic, unique 16- and 17-inch wheel designs, and its own set of LED daytime running lights.
The hybrid gas-electric powertrain carries over from last year. It is comprised of a 159-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engines and an electric motor powered by a lithium polymer battery found behind the rear seats. Total output is 199-hp and the Optima Hybrid can run on electric power alone at speeds of up to 62 mph. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy figures vary slightly by trim level; LX models get an estimated 36/40 mpg city/highway, while the EX checks in slightly behind that at 35/39 mpg. The difference between the two can be chalked up to the added features found in the EX which add about 130 pounds to the curb weight.
Inside, the Optima Hybrid’s cockpit will look familiar, with its driver-centric cockpit that has the center console canted slightly in the direction of the driver for easier access to HVAC and entertainment controls. The Hybrid’s standard features list is larger than the gas version’s, offering up plenty of goodies like Bluetooth connectivity, USB/auxiliary input jacks, push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a cooled glove box. A navigation system with a high-resolution 8-inch touch-screen is optional, along with Kia’s UVO infotainment system, heated front/rear seats, and leather upholstery. Due to the placement of the batteries, the Optima Hybrid has less cargo room in its trunk (10.8 cubic feet vs. 15.4 in the gas version), but the rear seat still splits 60/40 and folds for storage of longer items.
Standard safety features include six airbags, active front headrests and seat-belt pretensioners, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. The 2014 Optima Hybrid got a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA for its performance in crash tests, the highest rating possible. A backup camera is optional.