2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL
$25,995 - $30,990 See Inventory Prices

Detailed Review

The efficient and smart Optima is back with some important updates in the market. 2017 KIA Optima Hybrid Sedan was brought in the market with some minor facelifts and a mandatory engine swap. The new 2.0L engine is lighter and more efficient. Tiger-nose grill gives Optima a sweet face-lift and the best in-class trunk helps Optima to get some attention but the acceleration takes it away.

Starting at a price of $25,995, Optima might not be the cheapest but comes loaded with features. The gasoline engine is supported by a 38kW electric motor which increases its fuel efficiency and power output of the car. Optima comes loaded with a 7inch infotainment system in standard trim.

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Pros

Smooth ride

Best in-class Cargo space

Cons

Not efficient for a hybrid

Expensive upgrade to Premium

What's New?

Engine upgrade to 2.0L in-line.

High density and light-weight battery

Fuel economy increased to 42mpg.

Larger cargo volume.



Styles

 2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Snow White Pearl color  2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Gravity Blue color  2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Crimson Red color  2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Aurora Black color  2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan in Aluminum Silver color
Snow White Pearl

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Ratings

Engine

9.2

Interior

9.0

9.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Premium

Premium

power
154 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
42 combined

$25,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) Starting at $25,995 MSRP (39/42/46) 154 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Aluminum Silver
  Aurora Black
  Crimson Red
  Gravity Blue
  Snow White Pearl

 2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan EX

EX

power
192 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
42 combined

$30,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) Starting at $30,990 MSRP (39/42/46) 192 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Aluminum Silver
  Aurora Black
  Crimson Red
  Gravity Blue
  Snow White Pearl

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 17, 2019

9.1

Overall Rating


 

9.2/10
Engine

 
 

9.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

The new face-lift was brought not just for cosmetic purposes, but also to reduce drag of the car. Aerodynamics of Optima made it more fuel efficient but the competitor Honda Accord took that badge away. KIA’s Optima is a head-turner on the road and can do well in the market because of the price tag on it.

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Features

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is available in just 2 trims, Premium and EX. Premium is the base trim and comes with 16inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control and Apple CarPlay and keyless entry and ignition. Whereas, the EX trim is quite expensive but is loaded to brim with features like leather upholstery and heated steering wheel with a Harmon Kardon HD sound system.

Trim

Premium

EX

MSRP

$25,995

$30,990

Key

Features

16-inch wheels, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, a driver information display, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with HD radio.

We Recommend

We would recommend EX trim as it offers a lot of accessories and includes the premium convenience package which includes the lane assist and heated steering wheel. The premium comes with a lot of standard features but the EX trim definitely takes the edge.

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Engine

9.2/10

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid amps up its fuel economy and performance, though the latest redesign makes it less distinctive.-thecarconnection

Engine & Transmission

KIA' Optima comes packed with 2.0L in-line engine and a 38kW electric motor. The gasoline engine and electric motor generates 192hp and this may not be the best in class, but for a hybrid it is pretty manageable. Power transmission is handled by a 6-speed automatic transmission. The upgraded powertrain is surprisingly smooth and better than previous trims.

Models

KIA Optima Hybrid Premium

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

MSRP

$25,995

$23,110

$26,000

$29,605

Engine

DOHC, 2.0Litre In-line-4

DOHC, 2.0Litre In-line-4

DOHC, 2.0Litre In-line-4

DOHC, 2.0Litre In-line-4

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

Single Speed Automatic

Horsepower

192 hp

188 hp

193 hp

212 hp

Torque

271 lb.-ft.

129 lb.-ft.

202 lb.-ft.

232 lb.-ft.

Optima was replaced by a new set of batteries. The new 1.62-kwh lithium polymer battery pack is much denser and is lightweight. This reduction in total weight of the vehicle resulted in 13% increase of power capacity, which gives the updated version an edge over the competitors. This new battery pack is cleverly placed under the trunk floor which saves a lot of space.

Acceleration

Optima is powered by 2.0L engine and an electric motor, but it struggles to keep up with its competitors. This hybrid takes 8.1sec to touch 60mph from a nought. The slowest in this segment is the Ford Fusion, but even Fusion makes up for it by giving more efficiency. There is enough power to keep the Optima cruising on highways.

Models

2017 KIA Optima Hybrid

Premium

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

0-60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.5 sec

7.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter mile

16.1 sec

16.2 sec

15.8 sec

15.3 sec

Engine

2.0 Liters

2.0 Liters

2.0 Liters

2.0 Liters

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

4.2

 

7.4

 

If we talk about the competitors, the Honda Accord wins the race. Accord reaches to 60mph from a nought in 6.1sec. Even the Hyundai maps the 60mph barrier in 7.7sec which is quite impressive for a hybrid. The Ford Fusion being the slowest in the segment is not the very option in terms of acceleration.

Braking and Handling

2017 Optima is equipped with regenerative braking which recharges the lithium polymer batteries whenever the brakes are applied. Kia was kind enough to provide Optima with the largest front brake in the segment, which helped the hybrid with a good stopping distance. Optima takes 175ft to stop from 70mph.

Model

2017 KIA Optima Hybrid

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Brake Front (in.)

12.0

11.8

11.6

11.5

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

11.9

11.0

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3600

3700

3833

3483

70-0 MPH (ft.)

175ft.

187ft.

167ft.

180ft.

The conventional breaks and the regenerative breaks work together sometimes which lets air get into the braking system. Air inside the braking system gets the brake a little bit spongy

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

Hybrid cars tend to offer a better fuel economy as compared to gasoline cars. Well, the statement is somewhat true but Optima could have done better in terms of fuel economy. This hybrid by Kia provides 39mpg in city but can provide 46mpg on highways. If we talk about the combined economy, 42mpg is still better.

Model

2017 KIA Optima Hybrid

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

MPG (city)

39

43

39

49

MPG (highway)

46

41

38

47

MPG (combined)

42

42

40

48

The other hybrids such as Honda Accord and Ford's Fusion are very fuel efficient. Honda Accord being the expensive impressed us with its fuel economy. Accord gives 49mpg in city and 47mpg combined. Hyundai's Sonata is not an option for the people who are trying to save some money on gas. Sonata gives 40mpg in city and highway combined.

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Interior

9.0/10

There isn't a lot of visual excitement inside the 2017 Optima Hybrid, but it is smartly designed for function.-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The hybrid Optima is quite spacious and provides a good amount of leg room for the passengers. Optima comes with a leg room of 45.47in on the front which is good enough for a 6foot person. Sonata provides the best in class leg room, but looking at other aspects of Sonata it does not excite much.

Model

2017 KIA Optima Hybrid

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.76/58.07/45.47

39.2/57.8/44.3

40.0/57.9/45.5

39.0/58.9/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.80/56.38/35.63

37.8/56.9/38.3

38.0/35.6/56.5

37.2/55.1/33.7

The EX trim offers heated fronted seats which are comfortable and luxurious. Interior's plastic quality is impressive and the texture gives the car a luxury touch. Optima was given a better thigh support than its predecessor. Seats can fit 5 adult passengers quite effectively and can be a good family car. It does feel a little bit uncomfortable in the back as the headroom is not enough for a tall person.

Infotainment

The Premium trim of the Optima is equipped with 7inch audio display. Optima infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility which can connect an I-phone or Android and can open a wide arena of apps for the user. The updated infotainment system supports Google voice recognition search which makes things a lot more while driving.

The EX trim includes a 8inch audio display which is equipped which a 630-watt 10-speaker Harmon-Kardon HD sound system. Its 8inch audio display has the ability to find nearby charging stations for the lithium polymer batteries. The 8inch infotainment also offers:

  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Harmon-Kardon Sound System

Cargo Volume

2017 Optima Hybrid surprised us with the boot space it has to offer, the 13cu.ft. boot space which is the best in-class. Even Honda Accord Hybrid was not able to compete with the Optima as it had just 11cu.ft. Cargo volume.

Model

2017 KIA Optima Hybrid

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

13.0

12.0

10.0

11.0

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Exterior

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid builds on a strong reputation in the form of handsome, economical Optima sedan-thecarconnection

Dimension and weight

KIA brought the 2017 Optima with an attractive tiger nose grill, giving the Optima an aggressive facelift. Optima is light on its wheels, but the Accord is the lightest. Optima is quite easy to drive in city, the automatic transmission and the dimensions of the car are less of a headache. A height of 57.5inches add advantage to its stance.

Model

2017 KIA Optima Hybrid

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Curb weight (lbs.)

3600

3700

3833

3483

Length(in)

191.1

191.8

191.1

194.1

Width(in)

73.2

72.9

73.4

72.8

Height(in)

57.5

58.0

57.9

57.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.10

6.1

5.3

5.8

Wheelbase (in)

110.4

112.2

110.4

109.3

Track width (in) F/R

63.54/63.82

62.3/62.0

63.5/63.5

62.4/62.7

Optima was able to shed some weight by getting a higher density battery which resulted in a better efficiency. The track width of Optima gives it more stability and better turning radius. Optima has a wheelbase of 110.4in which gives the car more legroom.

Exterior Features

  • 16" alloy wheels
  • Active grille air shutter
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated side view mirrors

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Safety

  • Safety Dual advanced front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Dual side curtain airbags
  • Driver's side knee airbag
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Hill assist control (HAC)
  • Rear-view camera

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Competition

2017 FORD FUSION HYBRID SEDAN

Ford Fusion is the cheapest car in this segment and this is the only positive aspect of this car. Fusion is way slower than rest of its competitors. Packed with almost same configuration as the KIA Optima Hybrid, it is really not in competition with its competitors especially Optima. Fusion might not be good with numbers, but it sure is affordable.

Fusion is equipped with a 2.0L in-line engine but struggles to accelerate itself and is the slowest to reach 60mph in this segment. It took 8.5sec for Fusion to reach 60mph. The Fusion is powered by an engine which can produce up to 193hp of power, it is quite impressive and better than KIA Optima. Overall, Optima is way much better than the Fusion.

2017 HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID SEDAN

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is quite expensive than KIA's Optima but is worth the hike. Sonata is packed with the same 2.0L in-line engine, but delivers a way better performance than Optima. Sonata reaches 0mph to 60mph in 7.7sec, faster than the Optima. Sonata\u2019s 2.0L engine can produce 193hp of power, beating Optima just by a horsepower.

The heaviest in this segment, Sonata reaches 60mph in 0.4sec faster than the Optima. Sonata is gifted with the best braking in this segment. This hybrid brake lets it reach 0mph from 70mph in just 167ft. which is best in-class. Sonata might not be a better choice if we have Optima in this section.

2017 HONDA ACCORD HYBRID SEDAN

A little bit expensive but Accord is the best option in this segment. Accord is powered with the same DOHC 2.0L in-line engine but churns out better numbers than any of its competitors. Honda released this car with a price tag of $29,605, which is not that high. The power transmission is done by a single speed automatic transmission, not very impressive.

Accord is the lightest hybrid in this segment and fastest too. This hybrid could reach to 60mph from a nought in just 6.9sec. Accord for a hybrid comes packed with a lot of features and even the performance is satisfactory. In our opinion, Accord is the best option if you can adjust a bit with your budget.

2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

KIA Optima is not very satisfying in terms of performance, but luxurious interiors and features make up for it. The EX trim shoots above the $30k margin, so the best option in this segment would the Honda Accord. The price of Accord is under $30k and keeps up with the performance and fuel economy as well.

Our verdict would be, if the budget allows go with Honda Accord. If the budget does not allow, go with the Premium trim of Optima.