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PHOTO CAPTION: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid fully equipped tabulates out to $32,250.

Kia Hybrid Sticker Starts at $27,250

Price of Optima Hybrid priced just $560 more than non-hybrid Optima SX model.

Published: 15-May-2011

With 40 mpg the hot new benchmark for automakers, the 2011 Kia Optima hybrid is a necessity for the Korean automaker. Kia’s hybrid is set to hit dealerships this June with a sticker price of $27,250, including a $750 destination charge. That’s a marginally higher base price than the Optima’s mechanical twin, the $26,545 Hyundai Sonata hybrid, and it also checks in at $560 more than the range-topping Optima SX.

Like the Sonata, the Optima hybrid employs a modified 2.4-liter inline-four engine producing 166 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. It’s complemented by a 40-hp electric motor that draws power from and recharges a 30 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Kia says the car can drive at up to 62 mph on electrical power alone; at other times, the motor and gasoline engine can work together for a combined output of 206 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

The Optima hybrid has been EPA-rated at 35/40 mpg city/highway, up from the 24/35 mpg ratings of a non-hybrid Optima equipped with a manual transmission.

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