2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
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We're capturing our first driving impressions of the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid this week, but we've already learned that the midsize fuel-sipper will be priced at $26,500 when it goes on sale in the coming months, excluding $750 for destination and handling.

Curiously, the $26,500 price tag represents an increase of $705 versus the Optima's platform mate, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Kia tells us that the price increase is because the Optima comes with more standard equipment than the Sonata, including things like a rear backup camera, rear spoiler, auto-down front windows for the driver and passenger, a cooling glovebox, compass, and Uvo, Kia's brand new infotainment system.


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      Aeromax
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aliens and ancient Aztecs agree.
      Hazdaz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford's Fusion Hybrid starts at about $28k and is rated at 41/36 MPG. A comparison between the Sonata Hybrid, this Optima Hybrid, the Fusion Hybrid and the Buick Regal with eAssist better be in the works by one of the car mags or websites soon.
      • 4 Years Ago
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        Randy
        • 4 Years Ago
        Folks, from what I hear, he's got a point! A guy at work just got this for a rental and he and I are both car nuts. He said "Wow, what a POS". He explained that the car has about 20K on the ODO and things are falling apart within the car. Now I know it's a rental but he's a hardcore car nut and has owned some serious cars and I take him for his word. He's legit! Oh he also said the paint was already fading! Now that's strange if you ask me but I looked on my way out of the office today and I was like WTF, it's fading! Really? Anyway, I only speak up when it's something first hand or a zany opinion but this is first hand info so I figured I'd chime in. Personally the Sonata is better looking and it's by the same company (basically) but that leaves me wondering about the new Sonata with 20K on it. Hmm Anyone have any first hand experience on it?
          EnzoHonda
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Randy
          Agreed. Just had a 2009 Spectra as a rental. 52,000 kms on the odometer. Rusted paint chips on the hood, sagging/pulled cloth on the seats, and the most squeaky interior you could possibly imagine. Anything you touch squeaks and creaks. Yes, it was a Spectra, but is there any reason to believe they figured it out in the past three years?
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Randy
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          Shiftright
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Randy
          Sounds like more trolling to me. Kias and Huyndais were pretty cheap and crappy 15 years ago, but the quality of their latest offerings is up there with the Japanese.
        chi-town-andy
        • 4 Years Ago
        Troll
      Logan Wild
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry but why pay for almost a 30,000 Kia when you could buy a 2 year Civic for less than 20 and get close to MPGS
        Ant_88
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
        b/c some ppl NEED a bigger car than a civic...and the civic is..meh
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Ant_88
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        jephmercury
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
        Cause one's a compact and other one is a a full size car, and one is new and other is used. Clearly you don't live in America =P.
        Noz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
        Because it's not only about mileage dude...it's also about OVERALL EMISSIONS. DON"T PEOPLE GET THAT? No...because they don't care. Hence we're fked.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Noz
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        nardvark
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
        Because new cars always costs more than used cars? Because you want more features and space than the Civic offers? Because you do a lot of city driving and want the ~40% improvement in city mileage? Because the Civic is ugly and slow?
      Logan Wild
      • 4 Years Ago
      Front end looks like a civic
      • 4 Years Ago
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        nardvark
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fusion Hybrid has better city mileage, Optima hybrid has better highway mileage. Fusion hybrid is one of the most reliable cars on the market, KIA's record is still spotty (and trails Hyundai, which is a bit surprising). But your hobby is obviously bashing Ford cars on here to make you feel better about the fact that GM is lagging, so there's probably not communicating with you.
      longducdong
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is sooooooooooo much better looking than the Sonata hybrid. Looks great, Kia! Good work on the pricing, too!
      Seph
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe Toyota has still the best hybrid system out there, which is the Hybrid Synergy Drive. Although KIA optima and Hyundai Sonata scored better MPG, but thats only because they have less Horse Power, and less heavier, thanks to Hyundai Metals. Other car companies may trim the weight of their car, but that's going to take a while. But if you'll calculate the HP and MPG you'll get in a Camry, you'll see that it's a better buy. If you're not still convinced, then wait for a lighter Camry maybe next year.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Seph
        That's an abject lie. The net HP for the Hyundai/Kia system is 206.2 HP. For the Camry, it's 187 HP. The Toyota's ICE only makes 147 HP. The H/K 2.4L in the Hybrid puts out 166 HP. Please stop coming on here and lying; get mental assistance if needed. http://hyundainews.com/Media_Kits/2011_Models/Sonata_Hybrid/Specifications.asp http://www.toyota.com/camry/specs.html
          Seph
          • 4 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          You're the one who's not reading specs... the sonata hybrid's electric motor produces only 40 hp, while the camry hybrid produces 141 hp.. So if you'll add them sonata has 166+40= 206.2 HP, while the camry have 187 + 141 = 328 hp..
      Master Austin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jury still isnt out on reliability...I cringe to just imagine everything that can go wrong with a hybrid system with a turbo, on a Kia....Thats like a blind one legged nun trying to get laid, you know it won't end up good...
        D Fumero
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Where did you read "hybrid system with a turbo"?! The last sentence was funny, though...hehe
      ravenosa
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet looking hybrid. Would have been nice to hit the Prius entry-level price point, but still, good job, Kia. What a turnaround this Hyundai/Kia have made. Kudos.
      Nick Allain
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing could be a screaming deal. I'd be interested in test driving one to see if it has the pop I need in a daily commuter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
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          nardvark
          • 4 Years Ago
          I live for the back-roads towards the end of my commute where I get to let my V6 soar up into 7000rpm. It makes the 20 minutes of staring at bumpers prior to that bearable.
      JeremyClarkson
      • 4 Years Ago
      the_best_offer_ever
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