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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

Stylish Hybrid Sedan

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

In short: A sporty, well-priced hybrid sedan.

Borrowing its platform from the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, this cool new sedan features the same great fuel economy as that vehicle along with the Optima's attractive and aggressive packaging and design. However, while it may flaunt sporty looks, the Kia Optima Hybrid is about more than just fun and games. Earning an impressive 37 mpg combined, this capable family car makes for a smart and stylish alternative to the standard sedan.

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Warranty/Service: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile basic limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $26,500 / As Tested: $27,250

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine; permanent magnet synchronous electric motor
Horsepower: 206 hp @ 6,000 rpm (combined gas and electric motors)
Torque: 195 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Curb weight:
3,490 lbs
Wheelbase: 110.1 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.7/72.1/57.3 in
Turning circle: 35.8 ft

front vented disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes; 4-sensor, 4-channel ABS
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; multi-link rear; coil springs; anti-roll bar

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

Top Speed: 123 mph (governor limited)
0-60 mph: 9.2 seconds

EPA City:
35 mpg
EPA Highway: 40 mpg

dual front advanced airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags; full-length side curtain airbags

Likes: styling; fuel economy

Dislikes: reduced trunk space

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PNW092711 (Updated: 12/28/12 JLD)