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2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Hybrid version of the midsize sedan
  • Can run on electric power alone at speeds up to 62 mph
  • Excellent safety ratings
The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid takes the stylish Optima midsize sedan and adds a heaping scoop of electricity that enhances fuel economy.

Last year, the Optima Hybrid got plenty of styling updates that carryover into the new model year. The front and rear bumpers were updated, with new fog lights and taillights added as well. The Hybrid keeps the same basic shape as the gasoline version, but adds a few of its own details, including venting up front that improves aerodynamic, unique 16- and 17-inch wheel designs, and its own set of LED daytime running lights.

The hybrid gas-electric powertrain combines a 159-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor that’s 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 has a driver-centric dashboard that cants the center console slightly in the direction of the driver for easier access to climate and audio controls. The Hybrid’s standard features list is longer than the gas version’s, offering Bluetooth connectivity, USB/auxiliary input jacks, push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a cooled glove box on every Hybrid model.  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 down 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 2015 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.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 35 - 36 MPG
  • Highway: 39 - 40 MPG

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

6 of 7 (85%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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