Kia Rolls Out Its 2014 Optima Hybrid

Kia Motors, at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, took the wraps off its 2014 Optima Hybrid. The vehicle has been revamped somewhat for this model year, and it follows in the footsteps of its predecessor which was named last year as one of the most domestic fuel efficient sedans.

For 2014 the Optima Hybrid, according to Kia, comes in LX and EX trim levels, which deliver fuel economy ratings of 36 mpg city/40 mpg highway/38 mpg combined for the LX and 35/39/37 for the EX. Both have as part of their hybrid drivetrain a 47 HP electric motor and 47 kW lithium polymer battery. This, combined with the car’s gas engine, achieve a combined 199 HP rating and 235 lb-ft of torque.

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Technological offerings of this Kia hybrid include hybrid-exclusive front LED lighting, a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen that features UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic.

“The Optima Hybrid is an important and integral component of Kia’s advanced propulsion story,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia America, in a statement.  “It’s unique in its segment because it not only gives owners savings at the gas pump and a smaller carbon footprint, but it also delivers world-class design, robust performance and an upscale personality, making it a truly attractive and well-rounded hybrid offer.”

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