2020 Kia Optima Hybrid vs 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia Optima, Model Comparison, Technology on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 2:56 pm
2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid exterior side shot with red paint color driving along a parkside river near a city

Perplexingly, the 2020 model years of the Kia Optima hybrid models have been released before the standard Kia Optima model. Perhaps that means the 2020 Kia Optima will be redesigned to a greater degree than its hybrid variations. Either way, today we only have the 2020 hybrid models to look at, so we wanted to compare the standard Optima hybrid model against the Optima plug-in hybrid model, otherwise known as a PHEV. It’s the 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid vs the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid!

2020 Optima Hybrid vs 2020 Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Kia Optima Hybrid exterior shot with white paint color parked outside a white brick wall with code chip lines imprinted on the wall

2020 Kia Optima PHEV Plug-In Hybrid exterior side shot with gray paint color plugged-in to a charging station near the sea

Model 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid
Starting MSRP $29,310 $36,090
Baseline Engine 2L Inline 4 2L Inline 4
Motor Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Hybrid Battery Lithium Polymer Lithium Polymer
Total Horsepower 192 202
Total Torque (lb-ft) 271 276
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Standard Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 42 41
Combined Fuel Economy Equivalent (mpge) N/A 101
All-Electric Driving Range (mi.) N/A 28
Front / Rear Leg Room (in.) 45.5 / 35.6 45.5 / 35.6
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 15.9 14.5
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3) 13.4 9.9
Total Seating 5 5

Despite using the same vehicle structure across the standard, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid models, the 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid model has some additional space in terms of measurements when compared to the plug-in hybrid variation, such as with cargo space and fuel tank capacity.

However, the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid model makes up for these shortfalls with additional horsepower, torque, and an all-electric driving range for further efficiency and adaptability.


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