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2013 Optima Hybrid Gains Torque, MPGs, Trunk Space
Kia Optima midsize sedan has been picking up awards and accolades since the day it first rolled off the production line.
Kia Motors America continued to tweak the design and performance of the vehicle and took it to all new levels with the all-new Optima Hybrid in 2011.
That model is now getting a new release, with the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid set to arrive with an even better fuel efficiency, performance, cargo space, and premium features included.
2013 Optima Hybrid Changes
Included in the changes are numerous powertrain refinements that will improve drivability, courtesy of a more powerful 47 HP electric traction motor, a stronger Hybrid Starter Generator and a more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery.
The overall horsepower (199 hp) is slightly less than the 206 on the previous model, but that is offset by an increase in torque from 195 lb-ft to 235 lb-ft. The result is a far more responsive car than the previous model.
2013 Optima Hybrid MPG
The 2013 Optima Hybrid comes in either a base trim level or an EX.
The base model delivers an estimated 36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 38 mpg combined, which makes it a touch more efficient that its predecessor.
The Optima Hybrid EX delivers an EPA estimated 35/39.
The 2013 Optima Hybrid offer more than just improved performance, though, as it now boasts more cargo space than ever before, thanks in large part to the way in which the battery was repackaged.
The EX model aslo comes with some premium features such as navigation, back-up camera, panoramic sunroof, 17-inch wheels, heated front seats, and a killer 8-speaker audio system.
Much like the gasoline version, the Optima Hybrid 2013 (model year) delivers improved aerodynamics thanks to the use of lightweight components.
The 16 (base) and 17-inch (EX) alloy wheels help cut back on weight and drag, whilst also fitting in beautifully with the overall design.
Aluminum is used instead of steel in areas in the front and rear arms, tie rod ends and rear knuckles, which helps offset the extra weight of the hybrid components.
The lowered ride height of the Optima helps with the aerodynamics of the vehicle, as does the full belly pan and rear spoiler.
Other things that set the 2013 Kia Optima hybrid apart are satin finished front grille surround, and the trim on the lower front fascia. The lighting is also a little different, as is the Kia name badge which is found on the hood, trunk lid, and steering wheel.
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Although the 2014 Kia Optima has just been introduced to the public, we have noticed that many people require information about the 2015 Optima.
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