2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Updated With New Grille, LEDs Front and Rear – Specs, Features and Pricing

The Kia Optima is a run-away success for the brand: since its latest design debuted, sales of the model are nearly double what the nameplate has ever achieved before.

To keep this momentum and address buyer priorities, the Hybrid model has rounded out the base and turbo engine options.

For the current model-year, the Hybrid brings a few updates both outside and in. The LED accents in the nose are a Hybrid exclusive, as are the lower double fog-lamp elements. These are not nearly as cool as the quad-LED setup in the SX-L trim, but are still pretty nice elements for the design.

That is because the Hybrid wears the SX-L’s full lower body kit – a very sporty styling upgrade to the design. This extends to the body-color rocker panels and a deeper rear bumper. All provide extra aero smoothness, pairing nicely with the Hybrid’s extra-smooth underbody trays.

The fuel economy and price balance for the Kia Optima Hybrid are the best elements of the car, and true selling points versus the pricey Accord Hybrid. Base pricing is $26,000 with a 36 city/40 highway rating. The $31,000 loaded EX model loses one MPG per tally due to the extra weight of its cabin tech and equipment — but overall the cabin features are worth the upgrade.

In terms of tradeoffs versus the gasoline Optima models, the biggest noticeable change is a drop in trunk volume. Still above 10-cubic-feet, the Hybrid’s trunk is noticeably smaller than most people will be expecting for such a roomy sedan in the back seat.

Lastly, the taillights and wheels gain new designs for the 2014 Hybrid trim level – capping a nice package with some unique and premium style.

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid


Kia’s Stylish Hybrid Mid-size Sedan Returns with Improved Aerodynamic Design and Technological Enhancements

  • Efficiency-focused design updated with restyled front and rear fascias
  • Hybrid version of Kia’s best-selling Optima now offers more uplevel features and options to enhance comfort and value

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 – Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan as one of three eco-friendly Kia vehicles introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its award-winning gas-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year.  Debuting with its own exclusive enhancements, including front and rear fascia updates designed to increase aerodynamic efficiency, new wheel designs, and unique grille and lighting elements, the 2014 Optima Hybrid improves upon its predecessor, which was named one of the “Top 11 Most Fuel-Efficient Sedans for 2013” by Edmunds.com.

“The Optima Hybrid is an important and integral component of Kia’s advanced propulsion story,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, KMA.  “It’s unique in its segment because it not only gives owners savings at the gas pump and a smaller carbon footprint, but it also delivers world-class design, robust performance and an upscale personality, making it a truly attractive and well-rounded hybrid offer.”

Available in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Optima Hybrid features carryover refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a robust 47 HP electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a powerful 47 kW lithium polymer battery.  The combined gas-electric 199 horsepower rating and combined 235 lb.-ft. of torque remain, resulting in a responsive and enjoyable driving experience.  The LX model achieves an EPA estimated 36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 38 mpg combined1, while the EX model delivers an EPA estimated 35/39/371.

Design Enhancements for Better Fuel Efficiency
The dynamic and sporty design upgrades on the gasoline-powered 2014 Optima are retooled for the Hybrid to increase fuel efficiency.  Contributing to improved aerodynamics are a series of additional vents in the Optima Hybrid’s unique front bumper, increasing airflow and reducing drag.  Newly designed and more aerodynamic 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels (LX and EX, respectively) reduce weight and drag while superbly integrating with the Optima’s eye-catching new design elements.

In addition to those elements designed with fuel efficiency in mind, the 2014 Optima Hybrid also boasts a unique new front grille design, Hybrid-exclusive front LED lighting, new Hybrid fender badges and an attractive and upscale optional white leather package.  Technological improvements to the gasoline-powered 2014 Optima carryover within the cabin of the Optima Hybrid, as drivers are greeted with more upscale and high-tech amenities.  Activating the Optima’s push button ignition brings two displays to life: a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen, featuring UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity®2 sound system, HD Radio™®3, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio4 and SiriusXM Traffic™4.

Advanced Safety Features5
The 2014 Optima Hybrid is equipped with an impressive array of standard safety equipment. All trims come standard with driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).  Traction Control System (TCS) and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) also come standard on all models.



2014 Kia Optima Hybrid MSRP

Model Description Msrp
Optima Hybrid LX 2.4L Hybrid I-4 – 6 A/T $25,995.00
Optima Hybrid EX 2.4L Hybrid I-4 – 6 A/T $31,995.00
Factory Installed Options Msrp Comments LX EX
Convenience Package

– 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat

– UVO2 eServices with rear camera display

– LED front positioning lights

– Laminated front door windows
$1,100.00   Yes
Panoramic Sunroof $1,500.00   Yes
Technology Package

– Panoramic Sunroof with gloss black B-pillar

– Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

– Back-up Warning System
$700.00 Requires Panoramic Sunroof Yes
White Interior Package

– White leather seat trim with piping

– Black high-gloss console upper cover

– Black high-gloss power window switch panel
$400.00 Requires Panoramic Sunroof and Technology Package Yes
Port Installed Options Msrp Comments LX EX
Rear Bumper Appliqué $75.00   Yes Yes
Cargo Net $50.00   Yes Yes
Cargo Tray $80.00   Yes Yes
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink® and Compass $350.00   Yes
Mud Guards $95.00   Yes Yes
Wheel Locks $55.00   Yes Yes

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Features & Options

S = Standard
— = Not Available
O = Optional
Mechanical LX EX
2.4L Multi-point Injection HEV S S
6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic™ S S
Exterior LX EX
Dual body-color remote mirrors S
17″ tires with alloy wheels S
Body-color side molding (unique design for HEV) S S
Acoustic Laminated Glasses (Front Doors) O S
Chrome/body-color door handles S S
Solar glass S S
Projection headlamps S S
HID headlamps S
LED tail lamps S S
LED front positioning lights O S
LED fog lights S
Outside mirrors with turn signal indicator S S
Power folding outside mirrors S S
Heated rear glass with timer S S
Panoramic sunroof O
Virtual engine sound system S S
Headlamp anti-fog function S S
EcoHybrid’ Emblem S S
Interior & Convenience LX EX
USB/auxiliary input jacks S S
Bluetooth® wireless technology S S
Steering wheel-mounted audio/Bluetooth® wireless technology/cruise-control buttons S S
Tilt and telescopic steering column S S
AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM™ audio system S S
Infinity® surround-sound audio with eight speakers S
Voice-command navigation with SiriusXM Traffic™ and rear-camera display (n/a with UVO) S
Active ECO switch S S
UVO in-vehicle infotainment system, Infinity® audio with external amplifier and subwoofer, HD Radio™ Technology, rear-camera display O S
Rear view camera O S
Push-button start with Smart key S S
Power windows with driver’s/passenger’s one-touch auto up and down S S
Power door locks with remote keyless entry S S
Dual-zone automatic temperature control with ionized air filtration S S
Rear air conditioning S S
Heated steering wheel S
Illuminated glove box S S
Cooling glove box S S
Chrome accent front cup holders S
Illuminated chrome accent front cup holders S
Mood lamp S
Sunglasses holder S S
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink® and Compass O
Carpeted floor mats S S
Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert O
Rear parking assist system O
Electronic parking brake S
Trunk Hinge Cover S S
Seating & Trim LX EX
Cloth seat trim S S
Leather seat trim (beige seats) S S
Sport seat trim (black seats) S
8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support O S
4-way power front passenger seat S
60/40 split-folding rear seats S S
Seat back pocket S S
Heated front seats S
Heated rear seats (hi/low setting) S
Air-cooled front seat S
Memory driver’s seat and mirror position S
Leather-wrapped steering wheel/gearshift knob S S
White leather seat trim with piping O
Black metal paint center fascia panel S S
Dark silver metal paint center fascia S S
Restraint & Safety Systems LX EX
Dual front advanced airbags S S
Dual front seat-mounted side airbags S S
Full-length side curtain airbags S S
Front active headrests S S
Front and rear 3-point seat belts S S
Front seat-belt pretensioners S S
Height-adjustable front seat-belt anchors S S
4-wheel disc brakes S S
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes System (ABS) S S
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) S S
Traction Control System (TCS) S S
Brake-Assist System (BAS) S S
Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) S S
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) S S
Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) S S
Side-impact door beams S S
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) S S
5-mph bumpers S S


2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Specifications

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Type 2.4L HEV, aluminum block and head 2.4L HEV, aluminum block and head
Valve gear DOHC, four valves/cylinder with CVVT DOHC, four valves/cylinder with CVVT
Displacement (cc) 2,359 cc 2,359 cc
Horsepower (SAE net) 159 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 46.9 hp @ 1,630-3,000 rpm (electric motor) 159 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 46.9 hp @ 1,630-3,000 rpm (electric motor)
Torque (SAE net) 154 @ 4,500 rpm, 151.2 @ 0-1,630 rpm (electric motor) 154 @ 4,500 rpm, 151.2 @ 0-1,630 rpm (electric motor)
System combined power 199 hp, 235 lb.-ft. 199 hp, 235 lb.-ft.
Fuel System Multi-Point Injection (MPI) Multi-Point Injection (MPI)
Transmission 6-speed automatic without lock-up torque converter 6-speed automatic without lock-up torque converter
Wheelbase 110.0 in. 110.0 in.
Track (front/rear) 63.0 in./62.8 in. 63.0 in./62.8 in.
Length 190.7 in. 190.7 in.
Width 72.1 in. 72.1 in.
Height 57.1 in. 57.1 in.
Ground clearance 5.1 in. 5.1 in.
Headroom (front/rear) 40.0 in./37.6 in. 40.0 in./37.6 in.
Shoulder room (front/rear) 57.3 in./55.7 in. 57.3 in./55.7 in.
Legroom (front/rear) 45.5 in./34.7 in. 45.5 in./34.7 in.
Hip room (front/rear) 54.7 in./54.5 in. 54.7 in./54.5 in.
Interior volume 102.2 cu. ft. 102.2 cu. ft.
Cargo volume (rear seat up) 10.78 cu. ft. 10.78 cu. ft.
Tires & Wheels
Wheels 6.5J x 16 6.5J x 17
Tires P205/65R16 P215/55R17
Body & Chassis
Body type Steel unibody Steel unibody
Front suspension Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Independent, multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Independent, multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Steering type Rack and pinion, hydraulic power-assisted Rack and pinion, hydraulic power-assisted
Turning circle, curb-to-curb 35.8 ft. 35.8 ft.
Curb Weight
Automatic transmission 3,496 lbs. 3,622 lbs.
Type Active hydraulic boost Active hydraulic boost
Front/rear 11.8 in. vented discs/11.2 in. solid discs 11.8 in. vented discs/11.2 in. solid discs
Estimated Fuel Economy
Automatic transmission, city/highway (mpg) 36/40 35/39
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 17.2 17.2

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