The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid in Kenosha, WI that is available at Palmen Kia represents the latest achievement of one of the fastest growing automakers in the world. Kia has taken its popular Optima nameplate and brought it into the world of hybrid vehicles by pairing its gasoline engine with a powerful series of electric motors meant to take as much pressure off of the gas motor as possible, thus using less gasoline. Hybrid vehicles are no longer the choice of people on the fringe of the automotive world. They are no longer oddly shaped. Hybrid technology has come to the point where it already has dominated the prime time spotlight.
To the casual observer, the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid in Kenosha, WI may be difficult to differentiate from its more traditional twin. However, Kia engineers have added a few items like model-exclusive front and rear fascias that are not only stylish, but incredibly aerodynamic as well to help the vehicle slice through the air play its role in conserving fuel. Since the Optima Hybrid was first shown off to the world at the Chicago Auto Show last year, it has been a favorite among the automotive press. Several online forums have praised the overall quality of the vehicle and have named it a top rival for several long-time class leaders.
Standard features and equipment for the Optima Hybrid
Kia vehicles have come a long way since their first introduction to American drivers. The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid comes in two different trims, LX and EX. The base LX version is very similar in equipment to the gas-powered version and has features like full power locks and mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control and air conditioning. However, the LX Hybrid version does have an exclusive dual-zone climate control system and the ability to have the Convenience Package added that adds some additional back and lumbar support for the driver, a rear-view camera and the Kia telematics system.
A panoramic sunroof is one of the leading features of the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid EX. It also adds power folding mirrors, a rear view camera, a heated steering wheel and seats as well as a rear parking sensors and navigation system featuring an eight-inch touchscreen. Another key feature of the Kia Optima Hybrid is the automatically-leveling xenon headlights. Additionally, the upholstery of the EX version of the sedan gets upgraded to leather.
Performance of the Optima Hybrid
The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid is powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that is paired with a powerful electric motor that is capable of making 199 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. using all of the available fuel-saving technology and aerodynamic enhancements, the 2015 Optima Hybrid is capable of recording Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy scores of 35 miles per gallon in the city and 39 miles per gallon on the highway. The electric motor is capable of powering the sedan all by itself before transition back to the gasoline engine, almost seamlessly.
The safety features of the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid in Kenosha, WI are the same as the full gas version and are pretty incredible. Some of those features include a four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability and traction control. During its phase of government crash testing the Kia Optima Hybrid scored a perfect five stars for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for front and side impacts. The same conclusion was reached by the Insurance Institute Highway Safety.