Used Car: 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Review
The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid has lower fuel economy and less trunk space than rival hybrids, and critics said it has limited rear headroom and an unrefined hybrid powertrain.
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The 2014 Optima Hybrid comes with a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. Test drivers said the Optima Hybrid has sufficient acceleration, and they noted that rival hybrids transition more smoothly between gas and electric power. According to the EPA, the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid gets 36/40 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the 2014 midsize class as a whole but lower than the fuel economy of most 2014 hybrid rivals. Reviewers noted that the Optima Hybrid has composed handling and a reasonably comfortable ride, though they said it is not as comfortable as the non-hybrid Optima.
The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid has a contemporary cabin design and high-quality materials, critics said. Its rear seat has decent legroom, according to automotive journalists, but headroom is limited. The Optima Hybrid's trunk is small, even by hybrid sedan standards. The base Optima Hybrid comes standard with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, a cooled glove box and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats that are heated and cooled, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, Kia’s voice-activated UVO infotainment system, an Infinity audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof and a navigation system. Test drivers noted that the UVO system is easy to use.
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Other Cars to Consider
The 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets better fuel economy and has a larger trunk than the Optima Hybrid. Critics said the transition between gas and electric power is barely noticeable in the Camry Hybrid. They also praised the Camry Hybrid's spacious rear seats.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid has more trunk space than the Optima Hybrid, and it gets much better fuel economy. Strong acceleration, agile handling and a large rear seat are among the other features that set the Honda Accord Hybrid apart when it was new, according to test drivers.