So in 2011, the Optima Hybrid introduced a new level of efficiency to the brand’s most popular name plate. So I tested the updated 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid EX. It features a more performance-driven and fuel-efficient powertrain as well as more cargo space and premium features.
For 2013, the Kia Optima Hybrid features numerous powertrain refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a more robust 47 HP electric traction motor, a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery. Although the combined 199 horsepower rating is slightly lower than before, reduced from 206, the combined 235 lb-ft of torque is significantly higher, increased from 195 lb-ft, resulting in a more responsive and powerful Optima Hybrid.
The Kia Optima Hybrid EX I tested for a week got an average 37 mpg across the board.
In addition to increases in performance and efficiency, the 2013 Optima Hybrid also benefits from greater trunk space than before, thanks to the repackaging of the vehicle’s battery pack.
Furthermore, the EX model adds navigation with back-up camera3. Finally let’s add an 8-speaker Infinity audio system. Then a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats and 17-inch wheels. That’s to the already long list of amenities.