The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid engine specs

Efficiency at its most elegant.

Redesigned to be smarter and more efficient, the Optima Hybrid features improved aerodynamics and an updated powertrain. And with its new 6-speed automatic transmission and 2-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, it offers a combined 271 lb.-ft. of torque for an exhilarating drive.


Energy-saving upgrades.

The Optima Hybrid comes packed with enhancements designed to stretch your fuel even further. We examined everything from the aerodynamic shape to systems under the hood, and found new ways to maximize efficiency without sacrificing on performance.


Front active airflow for the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

By closing front air flow at certain speeds and temperatures, the active air flap system helps boost efficiency while cutting down on wind noise.

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid 2-liter GDI engine

The new 2-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine is designed to help maximize efficiency a more compact package.

The lithium polymer 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid battery

The hybrid’s lightweight, high-density lithium polymer battery was re-engineered to deliver 13% more energy and 19% more power.

Regenerative braking in the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

Every time you decelerate, regenerative braking uses that kinetic energy to recharge the electric motor’s battery. And now, the Optima Hybrid can capture that energy even better than before.

The 2018 Optima Hybrid Full Parallel Hybrid system

The dual power of hybrid.

Meet Kia’s Full Parallel Hybrid system. A cutting-edge design that couples an electric motor with a Gas Direct Injection (GDI) engine. They work together or separately to offer the right combination of power, based on your driving conditions, for the optimum driving experience.

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid 46 mpg highway

Less gas. More road.

Reaching new levels of convenience and efficiency, the Optima Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 39 mpg in the city, 46 mpg on the highway, and 42 mpg combined. That means fewer stops at the pump and more time enjoying the open road.


The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid  sedan with TFT in LCD

Efficiency on display.

The vibrant supervision cluster displays all you need to know at a glance—and with crisp Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT) LCD clarity. Track your battery charge, MPG, driving style, and much more.

Hybrid system of the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan

All systems go.

The advanced hybrid system switches intelligently between electric motor and gas engine to suit your driving conditions. It uses exclusively electric power during start-up and low-speed driving, and both gas and electric systems at full acceleration. For intelligent hybrid power no matter the drive.


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