The Kia Optima is available with three different powertrain options–gas-powered, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. Although they may sound similar, the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid actually have a number of differences. Here, prospective buyers can learn a little bit more about how the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid compare before deciding which one is best suited for them.
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Differences between the Optima Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid
|Optima Hybrid||Optima Plug-In Hybrid|
|Fuel Economy||39 city / 46 highway mpg||34 city / 46 highway mpg|
|Cargo Volume||13.4 cubic feet||9.9 cubic feet|
|Audio System||6 speakers||10 speakers|
|Multi-Adjustable Driver’s Seat||Optional||Standard|
|Navigation||Only available on EX||Standard|
|Heated Front Seats||Only available on EX||Standard|
The Optima Hybrid is available in two different trim levels–Premium and EX–while the Optima Plug-In Hybrid comes only in the EX trim. As you can see from the chart above, the Hybrid offers a more affordable price point as well as more cargo space than the Plug-In Hybrid, although the Plug-In version comes standard with more advanced elements that are either optional or only available on the EX trim of the Optima Hybrid.
What qualities do the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid share?
Despite their differences, the Kia Optima Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid also share a few notable similarities. Both models are equipped with 2.0-liter I-4 engines that are able to deliver 154 horsepower. They both run on alloy wheels and feature several of the same interior elements, such as a rear camera display, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the same amount of passenger space.
If you would like to get a better idea of which Optima model is right for you, we invite you to browse our new Optima inventory at Performance Kia and schedule a time to get behind the wheel at your convenience.