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Kia Motors America pricing Optima hybrid with MSRP of $26,500

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.


richard schumacher

Is Optima a luxury model? A Prius gets 50 MPG and can easily cost less.

Brandon Phillips

Richard, it's the same thing as the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, here check it out


Not very impressive. It seems to compare closer to the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion Hybrids. It doesn't come close to the Prius III. Future (2013/2014) Prius PHEV with lithium batteries will be further ahead by another 10 mpg or so.


Now, now, kiddies, let's not nitpick. At least they're bringing out a hybrid that doesn't cost an arm or leg.


The Sonata hybrid looks good and is priced even lower.


Competition may lower PHEVs price to todays HEVs, specially PHEV-20 (miles)


It some point a PHEV with 10 mile range may not be worth plugging in, it is just an HEV with more batteries and a plug. That does not mean that an HEV with 4 kWh worth of batteries would not be good. It can use the motor more aggressively under more conditions and get some REAL regenerative braking.


I would appreciate to have the option to plug in up to six 4Kwh modules.

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