The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid is the Seoul based company’s entrant in the latest trend in the motor vehicle industry. The Optima Hybrid offers a money saving gasoline/electric powered car with a luxury feel Kia customers expect. With its sleek exterior and the many interior features, the Optima Hybrid has set itself apart from the competition. With an average MPG of 34 in the city and 39 on the highway, the Optima Hybrid is a smart economical choice.
The Optima Hybrid has a push button start, and once running, is so quiet, you would think it was not turned on. When I recently drove the Optima Hybrid when traveling, I mistakenly thought the engine was off when in fact it was on because I was expecting the typical engine sound a traditional car offers. When I first pulled away from the curb, I felt the transition from electric to gasoline power was very smooth and when idle, the car switches to the fuel conserving electric status. The car handles extremely well and the ride is smoother than most cars I have driven.
The trunk, which comes with an emergency trunk release, is large enough to easily accommodate several pieces of luggage. The interior of the car is quite roomy, with plenty of leg and head room. The plush fabric seats are very comfortable and easily change position with the push of a button. If you prefer leather seats, those are offered in the premium upgrade package. I appreciated the heated seats as it was quite chilly in Las Vegas, and in the heat of the summer, you have the cooling option for the seats as well.
The dash of the Kia Optima Hybrid has plenty of high tech features that made this tech geek very happy! The car comes standard with Bluetooth; the Microsoft voice activated info-tainment system, a USB jack for your mP3 player, satellite radio and as I already mentioned the push button start.
I fell in love with the fact that I could plug in my iPhone and my playlist was displayed on the screen on the dash. With the standard 8 speaker audio system, the music is as crystal clear in the back as it is in the front and you can control the radio via the controls on the steering wheel. The car also comes standard with a GPS, which was very easy to operate as well as a rearview camera, which I found very helpful.
The exterior of the Kia Optima Hybrid has the look of an expensive luxury car with the unique front grill, the front fog lights, chrome trim, alloy wheels and side mirrors that are powered to fold. The Optima also comes standard with LED turn signaling and the headlights are designed to give you the best night vision available on many cars in its class. As a driver with night blindness, I found this very helpful. This car also comes standard with many safety features that many of the competition offer at an upgraded cost. Not only does the Optima Hybrid come with a driver and passenger air bag, you also have side and rear head bags as well as side air bags. I love that I can have my family in this car and we are covered virtually from to toe! The 4 wheel ABS and disc brake system is as smooth and tight as any brake system in its class and with the very important electronic stability and traction control; you are safe in any type of weather.
Although I was only able to drive the Kia Optima Hybrid for one week, I could see myself driving this car full time! If you want to compare dealer quotes on the Kia Optima Hybrid, I invite you to check out this site for more information.