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
Likes

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.

Dislikes

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.

Verdict

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
Stats
EPA Mileage 35/39