New Kia Optima Hybrid is Smart and Stylish
Kia Optima Hybrid debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show with flashy looks and best-in-class 40 mpg fuel efficiency
The Los Angeles Auto Show has been home to the debut of a number of green cars this year, including the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, the latest addition to the Optima family. The Kia Optima Hybrid, Kia's first hybrid in the U.S., promises to make a big splash in the rapidly expanding hybrid and electric vehicle market due to its flashy looks and best-in-class 40 mpg highway fuel efficiency.
The Kia Optima Hybrid has a 2.4 liter direct-injected inline-four engine just like its sister car, the Hyundai Sonata, but unlike the engine in the Sonata, the engine in the hybrid is connected to a 30 kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack. The battery weighs only 95.9 pounds, which is 25 pounds less than the 2011 Toyota Camry's battery, and this helps the Kia Optima Hybrid be a more fuel-efficient car. The vehicle also has regenerative braking and completely turns off its engine when the car is stopped. When running only on battery power, the Optima hybrid can reach a top speed of 62 mph; the car can drive at any reasonable speed when using both its gasoline engine and its battery pack.
Not only is the Kia Optima Hybrid gaining attention for its energy efficiency, but it is also being praised for its striking appearance and sleek design. Those wishing to purchase this new car will have to wait, however; the price for the Kia Optima Hybrid is not even being announced until closer to the car's on-sale date next year.