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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Optima offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Kia Optima Hybrid with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Optima and the Kia Optima Hybrid in the front seats.

Convenience
The Kia Optima Hybrid requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Kia Optima, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Kia Optima is somewhat more expensive than the Kia Optima Hybrid. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Optima and the Kia Optima Hybrid have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Optima is about the same width as the Kia Optima Hybrid. When looking at overall length, the Kia Optima takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Optima Hybrid.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Kia Optima does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Kia Optima Hybrid.

Handling
The Kia Optima has about the same turning radius as the Kia Optima Hybrid, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima has a much more powerful engine than the Kia Optima Hybrid. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Optima and the Kia Optima Hybrid. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Kia Optima will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Kia Optima Hybrid.

Warranty
The Kia Optima comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Kia Optima Hybrid.

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2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500

2014 Kia
Optima Hybrid

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MSRP*: $25,995 - $31,995
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,250 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.90% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 7.44% As low as 7.44%
City MPG: 12 - 22 35 - 36
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 39 - 40
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $20,715 - $33,140 $24,350 - $29,670

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