Jul 28, 2014
Reviewed By Erin Olson
Price as Tested $34,695: 2.4-L 4-cyl Hybrid Engine, 6-speed sportmatic transmission, Hill Assist Control, optional Panoramic Sunroof

I’m a self-proclaimed connoisseur of four-doors, and no vehicle makes me happier than a luxury sedan. With power folding outside mirrors, heated and ventilated driver’s seat, a heated leather steering wheel, remote keyless entry, a driver’s seat that automatically moves you away from the steering wheel for a more comfortable exit, and leather, leather everywhere, I definitely felt pampered.


Bonus: It didn’t feel like a hybrid.


Trunk space is meager, and the driver’s seat did not comfortably accommodate my WNBA sized frame. Smaller folk than me also experienced discomfort in the driver’s seat, so I’d recommend a good sit before purchase, just to be sure.


The Optima Hybrid surprised me. It’s a good looking car packed with luxury features you probably didn’t expect from Kia, especially at this price point. It was a pleasant drive with an admirable combined mpg of 37. (I had to work to empty the tank.) Luxury lovers without the luxury of a large budget would do well to give it a whirl.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
EPA Mileage 35/39