Thursday, May 12, 2011

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid Starts At $26,500 Next Month

The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, Kia's first hybrid in the U.S., will have a starting price of $26,500 (excluding delivery charges) with an available Hybrid Premium Technology Package for another $5,000, when it hits showrooms in June. The Kia-developed powertrain uses advanced lithium polymer batteries from LG Chem, to deliver up to 35 miles per gallon in city driving and 40 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2011 Optima Hybrid uses a full parallel hybrid system and can be driven in zero emission, full-electric drive mode at speeds up to 62 miles per hour or in blended gas-electric mode at any speed. When the car comes to a stop and the electrical load is low, the engine shuts off to completely eliminate idle fuel consumption and emissions. The Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS), standard on the Optima Hybrid, plays a pre-recorded engine sound during electric-only operation to help notify people outside the vehicle that it is approaching.

The Optima Hybrid is the first Kia vehicle to offer the company's proprietary UVO powered by Microsoft® hands-free, voice-activated infotainment and communications system which is paired with the AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system and features a rear-view camera, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service, auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting with MP3 players and Bluetooth wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls. 

It's a lot of car for the money with impressive zero to 60 acceleration and many luxury car features.