Kia has confirmed that prices for the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid will start at $26,500 when it goes on sale in the near future. The price tag excludes $750 for destination and handling. Interestingly, the price for the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid is just a little more than the $25,795 it costs to buy its sibling – the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
“Since arriving in showrooms in late 2010, the all-new Optima’s combination of stylish design, upscale features and remarkable safety have attracted new customers to the Kia brand, and with gas prices continuing to rise the arrival of our first hybrid model will continue our unprecedented growth and momentum,” said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO, KMA and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. “With a starting price under $27,000, the Optima Hybrid provides fuel-conscious shoppers with an outstanding value proposition by being priced below nearly all midsize hybrid competitors and delivering class-leading fuel economy along with head-turning style and advanced technologies.”
Power specifications for the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid comes from a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine making 166-hp at 6,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 154 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm. The engine is mated to a a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 40-hp / 151 lb-ft electric-motor (powered by a lithium polymer battery that allows you to drive zero-emissions, fully-electric up to 62 mph). Total output for the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid comes in at 206-hp and a peak torque of 195.4 lb-ft.
EPA estimated fuel-economy for the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid comes in at 35/40 mpg (city/highway).
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