29 Jun '11, 3pm

Review: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid [w/video]

Review: 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid [w/video]

The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid is a rather handsome beast that looks just like its non-battery-pack-carrying siblings – at least at first. Just as they do on their more conventionally powered cousins, the lines on the Optima Hybrid flow rearward from the car's slyly smiling face and into the slick greenhouse. A subtle shoulder line helps break up the Optima when viewed in profile, and a set of distinct LED taillamps integrate those same details neatly into the rear end. Kia engineers have employed a variety of tweaks to help the hybrid on its quest for better fuel economy. The non-hybrid Optima enjoys a Nissan 370Z -like 0.29 coefficient of drag, but Kia wanted to get that number a bit lower for the hybrid. To accomplish this, engineers fitted their gas-electric baby with grille shutters, a plastic belly pan, rear spoiler, slightly revised rear fascia and a lower ride height. ...

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