Kia Motors America is pricing the 2011 Optima Hybrid—its first hybrid in the US market—with an MSRP of $26,500. The Optima Hybrid employs a Kia-developed powertrain including advanced lithium polymer batteries from LG Chem to deliver up to 35 miles per gallon in city driving and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
The car will arrive in showrooms in June.
The 2011 Optima Hybrid uses a full parallel hybrid system and can be driven in zero emission, full-electric drive mode at speeds up to 62 miles per hour or in blended gas-electric mode at any speed.
The Optima Hybrid is the also the first Kia vehicle to offer the company’s proprietary UVO powered by Microsoft hands-free, voice-activated infotainment and communications system.