A quiet update to the Kia Optima Hybrid nearly slipped under the radar last year, and for 2014 it gets more noticeable with newly unique design front and rear and new lightweight wheels. The tweaks are aimed at raising the Optima’s curb appeal, since many consumers were unaware that this frugal version of Kia’s flashy sedan even existed.
The new fascia will definitely set the Optima Hybrid apart from the conventional models. The unique front bumper reduces drag, and LED front lighting is used only on the hybrid. The Optima Hybrid’s interior has also been upgraded. The instrument panel’s redesigned and a larger eight-inch touchscreen enables easy control of infotainment features. There’s also a striking white-leather interior option.
The Optima Hybrid’s engine is shared with the conventional version, but supported by a 47-horsepower electric traction motor for a total of 199 horsepower, and fuel economy has improved to 36/40.