2017 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid

The Kia Optima has become a major player in the midsize sedan class, and rightfully so, with an audacious design and top-level performance that is the envy of the others in its class. the 2016 Optima got a nice redesign, and the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid will share this same pleasing European-influenced style, with a bold front grille and a sporty feel in the tautness of the construction. But how does this hybrid sedan, new to lots in the summer of 2016, compare with the outgoing model, vs. the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid?

Since both models are hybrid vehicles, they have a combination gas engine / electric motor power base, which reduces emissions and improves fuel economy significantly. The 2016 Optima Hybrid is head and shoulders above its peers, with 38 combined miles per gallon and a design that doesn't have any of the negative connotations of the "hybrid look." The 2017 Optima Hybrid ups that fuel savings about 10 percent and gets 42 combined miles per gallon, which will save you a lot of money. Plus, in any Optima Hybrid model, you have the comfort of the spacious interior of this midsize sedan, which checked in at 102.2 cubic feet in 2016 models. That's about 10 percent more room than you will find in many competing hybrid cars.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Vs. 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid
42 combined city / highway MPG 38 combined city / highway
193 Net HP 199
2.0L GDI 4-cylinder, 154 HP Gas Engine Specs 2.4L MPI 4-cylinder, 159 HP
Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, 51 HP Electric Motor Specs Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, 47 HP

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While the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid comes with a little more power underneath the hood, with 199 net horsepower, it also has a larger gas engine, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder beauty which pairs with the electric motor. Though the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid has basically the same electric motor as the previous model, an interior-permanent magnet synchronous version, it kicks out about 10 percent more power, 51 HP, and comes with a new electric water pump and electric oil pump. All told, the 2017 Optima Hybrid has a total horsepower of 193, which puts many gas engine cars to shame while also helping conserve our planet in the process.

In addition to the fuel savings and the peace of mind you'll get with a Kia Optima Hybrid, on the interior of 2017 models you'll also have Eco-DAS (Driver Assistance System), an icon in the instrument panel that will help you get even better fuel economy by alerting you when it's best to brake or coast. All told, no matter the model year the Kia Optima Hybrid is a spacious, fuel-efficient, environmentally-friendly sedan that is fun to drive, and we typically carry models at Patterson Kia of Wichita Falls, located at 2910 Old Jacksboro Highway in Wichita Falls TX. For more information please call us at (877) 763-7209 or come see us in person to see our inventory and test drive a model today.

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