The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid | Baierl Automotive | Wexford, PA

 For 2017, the Kia Optima Hybrid was fully redesigned. Its base Premium will not disappoint with its plethora of standard features, yet we believe upgrading to the EX will be worth the cost. Firstly, it’ll include the Premium's Convenience package (for starters, with quieter front windows and driver assist aids). Also, the EX adds features like heated front seats, navigation and leather. More importantly, the EX's bench in the rear may be folded down in order to increase the size of the cargo space, a handy feature which some additional hybrid sedans do not offer.

Features and Trim Levels

The FWD Kia Optima Hybrid for 2017 comes well-equipped no matter what model you choose. Its base Premium is available with dual zone climate control, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and keyless ignition and entry. Its Premium's Convenience package provides an excellent value for the added features you receive, whereas the EX will take that and adds goodies like leather upholstery and Harman Kardon sound system. A 2.0L engine and electric motor combine to generate 192 horsepower. The majority of hybrids possess a continuously variable transmission, yet the Optima Hybrid will stick with a 6-speed automatic transmission for more traditional shifting feels.

Trim Tested

Typically, each car is available in several versions, even though trim levels share multiple aspects. Although we haven’t completely tested the new Optima Hybrid just yet, we may glean a bit of insight by relating our opinions from the full test of the Kia Optima LX Turbo for 2016 (1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo; seven-speed dual clutch automatic). They have various engines, yet most of our additional opinions still apply to the hybrid.


Although we have not driven the Optima Hybrid for 2017 yet, we’ve tested the mechanically associated Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. We’ll expect that the Optima is going to pull away seamlessly from a stop because of initial electric only power. However, outright performance and handling are more than likely to be somewhat disappointing.


Overall, the regular Optima provides a comfy ride, and we predict the same for the Hybrid. However, the seats are less than perfect. In the Optima’s front seats, there is a lack of side bolstering, and the ones in the back do not provide enough thigh support.


Inside the 2017 Optima Hybrid, there is not much visual excitement inside, yet it’s wisely designed for function. The available features and quality of materials make you feel like you are receiving just a little more for your money. Here is the only downside: the rear visibility is mediocre.

Ease of Use

The Optima for 2017 receives high marks for the easy-to-use infotainment center, as well as readable physical buttons which are placed logically. The main controls all are within reach, and there isn’t guesswork with buttons which are somewhat out of the way.

Getting out/Getting in

Tall door openings that are free from obstructions permit occupants to access their seats without any more effort than they would expend in additional sedans. The doors are suitably short in length to offer accessibility in snug parking spaces.


Its seats in the front have an abundance of space for large occupants, and its range of adjustments cover tall and short passengers. Its outboard seats in the rear benefit from plenty of legroom, yet headroom is simply adequate for an average adult.


The cabin of the Optima feels airy and big because of narrow roof pillars and large windows, yet the rear seat headrests and high rear decklid obscure its rearward view. Its optional parking sensors and standard rearview camera assist in reducing its blind spot.


A generous amount of plastic is used all throughout its interior; however, it is attractively grained and sturdy. Squeaks and creaks are nonexistent, and it feels as solid as any additional sedan in the segment.


The trunk, with 13.4 cubic feet of storage, is somewhat above the segment average for a mid-sized hybrid sedan. It’ll gain additional points for its 60/40-split rear seats within the EX version, although its opening is on the smaller side. Inside, there is an abundance of space for personal objects with many pockets and bins.


We give kudos to Kia for their easy-to-use infotainment center with quality graphics and an abundance of redundant physical buttons in order for you not to become lost in the menus.

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