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Among midsize family sedans, the Kia Hybrid (and the mechanically Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ) been leapfrogged by redesigns of the Camry and Ford Fusion which handily outsell .

The Optima Hybrid is rated for 34 per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway, or 36 mpg – an impressive figure for a midsize to be sure. But the Camry’s overall is 40 miles per gallon and the Fusion’s a 47. (General Motors’ halfhearted Malibu Eco “mild hybrid” is at just 29 miles per gallon in driving, less than competing gas-only midsize

This shortfall puts the Hybrid at an automatic disadvantage its top competitors for one of the primary reasons to a hybrid. But to write it off based on the sheet alone overlooks the automakers have installed technology into their family sedans: Buyers are for everything that attracts to the best-selling midsize sedan plus a fuel economy

The Optima Hybrid has a sleeker and nicer interior than the and more power and more dashboard controls than the The Kia also has a lower price and a warranty than either. the Camry leads the trio for volume and the Fusion for in-cabin

If you are willing to pay extra for the most efficiency in a midsize sedan, ignore these respective and weaknesses as you choose among

By the numbers

At the same time as you’re at the various pros and cons of midsize hybrids, the fuel estimates on the cars’ window will be hard to miss. The Hybrid’s also got special last fall, when an EPA determined that Hyundai and Kia had the gas mileage of many of their (The automakers blamed a oversight.) The Optima Hybrid by a relatively minor 1 mpg when the EPA were re-conducted correctly, it a prized 40-mpg highway

But even at 36 mpg in mixed driving, the Hybrid beats the conventional – itself one of the fuel economy in its class – by eight miles per a fuel savings of 29 percent. The of that difference comes in driving; though the car can cruise in mode on a flat or modestly surface at speeds just 60 miles per hour, even the gas Optima is quite efficient in conditions, and there are thus few savings to be had there.

As with hybrids, the Optima Hybrid’s mileage is more heavily on driving style than a car’s. Accelerate gently and your foot off the gas at speed to put the car electric mode, letting it around gas-free. The running recharges the battery when it too low or when it’s needed for more power than the electric motor can provide.

The brakes also capture when used that helps with recharging.

reviewer achieved 36.5 per gallon in mixed driving a weeklong test, which the difference between the incorrect and EPA estimate. A previously tested identical Hyundai Sonata returned 32.2 mpg with city mileage in the mix. hybrids thrive in those because the cars stay in mode longer than at speeds, but the Optima/Sonata’s battery depletes more quickly.

Even that mileage, is a significant jump over a conventional midsize or even car would achieve in those

The Optima/Sonata hybrids rarely use the and electric motor simultaneously, when the electric motor is the car’s wheels and the gas engine is to recharge it. Hard acceleration and up a hill will at times put it in mode”; otherwise, the car is switching gas and electric.

The car’s instrument includes a healthy array of both about fuel and about some items many hybrids don’t room for. The trip can be set to simultaneously show average and fuel economy, or unrelated points like trip and outside temperature if the fuel doesn’t demand your attention. An “eco guide” shows you essentially how hard pushing on the gas, and a battery-life is a necessity when you’re to stay in electric mode.

Kia found room for an engine gauge instead of just an light, and a small tachometer drops to zero RPM in electric

The in-dash screen can also a bar graph of fuel economy for five-minute increments, or tell you combination of engine and electric is moving the car at a given time.

The rest of the car

This reviewer has a healthy variety of Kia Optimas, and has proven to be a pleasant and decently car to drive. The Optima Hybrid up the smooth, effortless pep of the gasoline – power is there, but the car isn’t for someone who floors it out of anything but necessity – and the electric motor’s robs more than a of the trunk space. Matters are similar to other Optimas.

The has a firmer ride than midsize sedans, which can to large bumps punching sharply, but it’s otherwise and controlled. The car handles nimbly for a sedan, but the light steering feel – in all Optimas, not just in the The car stays quiet, but flooring the while in electric mode – as idling at a stop – leads to a noise when the engine on and revs up after a couple of

Unlike most hybrids, the Camry and Fusion, the Optima has a six-speed automatic transmission of a continuously variable transmission. often boost mileage, but drivers don’t like the way feel because they specific shift points.

the Optima has a sensible interior with an upscale layout and high-quality materials. The instrument is angled toward the driver, and large, clear buttons, with a multifunction touch The car has comfortable front seats, but people might find too hard and low – especially the passenger’s, lacks a height adjustment. The is decently roomy, but the cushion is a bit low and space is trimmed by the sloping

The seats in the tested car were in two-tone leather.

The Optima’s puts it at a disadvantage for trunk compared even to the Sonata; regular and hybrid Optimas one cubic foot less equivalent Sonatas. This is a problem with the hybrids, have little to spare to with. At 9.9 cubic feet to 15.4 with the gas engine), the Hybrid’s is one of the smallest trunks of any or any size.

Both the Optima and have compromised rear

With a base price of over $26,000 with the charge, the base Optima represents a price premium of $4,000 over the gas version. The Hybrid adds a few extra over the gas LX, most notably a key system and automatic climate Hybrids also have an wheel design, and share a and taillights with uplevel SX but lose the gas Optimas’ folding seat in favor of a small

Unlike the Hyundai Sonata though, there’s no huge differentiation between Optima and other Optimas – for better or for

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All Optimas have standard windows, locks and mirrors; control; alloy wheels; a cellphone link; a six-way driver’s seat; and air conditioning also cools the glovebox. A transmission is no longer offered on any for the 2013 model year; it had available on a stripped-down LX.


In the hybrid, a $700 “Convenience adds tilting to the driver’s cushion to make an eight-way and Kia’s UVO infotainment system.

The fully-loaded Optima Hybrid has the major option group, the Premium Technology Package. The UVO is replaced by an in-dash navigation with a larger touch-screen also includes fuel displays and a rearview camera), and the alloy wheels are replaced 17-inchers. The package’s other features include leather heated and cooled front heated rear seats, a steering wheel, a memory for the driver’s seat, a four-way passenger seat, a panoramic power-folding outside mirrors, and an Infinity-brand audio system.

The Optima Hybrid, at $32,500, is equipped to a $28,825 Optima EX. the gas Optima, features like seats, a sunroof, and a navigation are all grouped together into a package rather than separately.

Truecar.com estimates buyers can expect to haggle over $2,000 off the price of a Optima Hybrid, similar to the off a 2013 gas-powered Optima. Optima Hybrids aren’t yet as of this writing.)

To make the cost difference between the gas and Optimas, while hitting the EPA estimate and paying $3.50 per it would take 144,000 to recoup the extra purchase through fuel savings. part of the upfront investment also almost certainly be when the car is sold.

The right

As with other hybrids, the Hybrid makes sense for someone who considers driving an attentive eye toward maximizing economy to be a game rather a chore. Not that the Optima demands that in all circumstances, but its will suffer quickly if driven like any other

If you’ve cleared that the choice is between the Optima and its If the Optima’s styling, interior and layout, value, warranty or dynamics appeal to you more the Fusion or Camry hybrids, it should be worth the penalty in economy to be worthy of your And 36 miles per gallon in mixed is still impressive by most in any size of car, much midsize.

If nothing about the Optima jumps out at you as particularly though, the competing hybrids’ fuel economy give you reason to consider it over

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volume: 9.9 cubic feet

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