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New Kia Hybrid: 2014 Optima Design Changes
Design enhancements improve the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid’s fuel economy figures -MPG!
The gas-powered Kia Optima went on sale last year, and now the new hybrid model takes all that was great about its sibling and builds on it.
The 2014 Optima Hybrid comes with some exclusive enhancements, such as redesigns of the front and rear fascias that help improve aerodynamic performance.
Also new are the wheel designs, the grille, and the lighting elements in front and back.
It’s a great update on the outgoing model, which Edmunds.com recognized as one of the “Top 11 Most Fuel-Efficient Sedans for 2013”
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A Change In Style For 2014 Model Year
All of the changes made to the 2014 Optima exterior design have been done in an effort to deliver increased fuel efficiency of Kia’s new hybrid car.
Part of that was achieved with the addition of more vents in the unique front bumper, which improved the aerodynamics of the car by reducing drag and increasing airflow.
Another aerodynamic upgrade came in the form of the new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels, which appear on the LX and EX, respectively.
The redesigned alloy wheels not only look great as part of the overall design, they also reduce weight and drag.
Besides fuel efficiency, aesthetics are also served, with a stunning new front grille design and the addition of LED lighting. Also added a new exclusive Kia hybrid fender badges and the option to go with a sumptuous white leather package.
The refreshed 2014 Optima Hybrid comes in a pair of trims: LX and EX.
This is a car that is fun to drive, thanks to a 47 horsepower electric traction motor, a powerful 47 kW lithium polymer battery, and an exceptional Hybrid Starter Generator.
The combined gas-electric numbers come in at 199 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque.
As far as fuel efficiency goes, the LX delivers an estimated 36/40 city/highway for a combined 38 mpg, while the EX delivers 35/39/37.