Combining a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 47-horsepower electric traction motor, the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid is billed as a mid-sized sedan for the eco-friendly driver. The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid collectively generates 199 horsepower. The lower-cost 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid LX model comes standard with power folding side mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, rear air conditioning, and a stereo system with satellite radio. For luxury tailoring, the EX trim version of the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid EX adds HID headlights, Infinity surround-sound eight-speaker audio system, heated steering wheel, and heated front seats. The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid is standard equipped with a long list of safety features such as front, side and side-curtain airbags, Hill-start Assist Control as well as Vehicle Stability Management. Average city and highway fuel efficiency for the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid LX is rated at 38 miles per gallon while the Optima Hybrid EX is estimated to provide a higher 37 miles per gallon consumption largely due to increased weight. A six-speed automatic transaxle is found on both the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid LX and Optima Hybrid EX model. For 2014, the appearance of the Kia Optima Hybrid has been slightly altered through the addition of new front and rear fascia panels presenting improved aerodynamic efficiency.Read more Read less
The Optima is refreshed for 2014 with changes to the front and rear fascias. The new styling mildly updates the look of the car without reinventing its look. The interior has received attention as well, with new seats and the availability of several new interior amenities. Kia has also reshuffled their model lineup, with 2014 seeing the return of the SX-Turbo trim and the introduction of a top of the line Limited trim.
Crisp, Euro-influenced styling; fuel-efficient powertrains; capacious interior; strong value; hybrid powertrain available; excellent warranty
Compared to other mid-size sedans, the Kia Optima stands out for several reasons. Showcasing Kia's more Euro-influenced design direction, the Optima has styling that's more exciting than that of other mid-size sedans. That design means it's quite roomy on the inside. The Optima is also one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans, and it offers quite sporty performance considering its mileage numbers. The turbocharged engine in the SX-Turbo and Limited trims provides the power and acceleration of a V6 but the gas mileage of a four. The Optima is also a very strong value, with a few more features at each trim level than what's found in most comparable models. An available hybrid model adds the appeal of fuel economy and eco-credibility. Kia bolsters the Optima's value by continuing to offer a 10-year warranty on powertrain components.