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Kia Unveils Optima Hybrid Sedan
Vehicle in the newsMake/Model: Optima
The Optima is the up-scale sedan Kia introduced earlier and now its hybrid version, made primarily for the North American market, has debuted at the LA show. The car gets a combined 38mpg (36/40mpg).
The car has a 40.7% fuel efficiency improvement over its gasoline-only counterpart Optima with a 0-62mph acceleration of 9.2 seconds and 121mph top speed.
It uses the same 2.4L Theta II engine as the conventional Optima, but mated to an electric drive system as a hybrid, of course. The car runs in all-electric mode until it reaches a few miles per hour, when the hybrid system kicks in.
And so ...For the vehicle's size (it's a mid-sized sedan), the Optima Hybrid gets good mileage and is comparable to the Ford Focus Hybrid.
Photo credits: Kia
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