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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid

$16,374 — $35,426 NEW and USED
Sedan
5 Seats
42 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Rear seat now splits and folds down
  • Lots of available safety technology
  • Styling is sleek and modern
  • Long standard features list

The Bad

  • Forward collision warning only available on highest trim
  • No spare tire
  • Heated interior parts (seats and steering wheel) not offered on all trims
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
  • Redesigned for 2017
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard
  • Surround view monitor available
  • Updated styling to match the gasoline version
  • Battery has 13 percent more capacity

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Just a year after the conventional Optima received a full redesign, Kia is rolling out both a redesigned 2017 Optima Hybrid and a new 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid. The cars feature a revised design inside and out and Kia estimates the hybrid model will be more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

The Optima plug-in is expected to go on sale at the end of the year. Kia says the model's battery setup produces about 60 percent more energy than the battery pack in the outgoing Optima Hybrid's system, allowing it to go an estimated 27 miles in full EV mode.

Kia expects the regular hybrid version of the Optima to achieve 10 percent better fuel economy than old model, which got up to 36/40/38 mpg city/highway/combined depending on the trim level. The 2017 Optima Hybrid replaces the previous model's 2.4-liter engine with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as well as makes other changes to the powertrain to achieve the mileage bump.

Both the plug-in hybrid and conventional Optima Hybrid models look similar to the redesigned-for-2016 Optima sedan, but do bear a few eco-friendly aerodynamic tweaks. The models feature an active grille that closes to improve airflow, a hybrid-specific front air curtain, a beveled rear bumper, a different rear diffuser and an aerodynamic alloy wheel design.

Both models also get a redesigned, roomier interior as well as hybrid-specific gauges. Also, Kia says the seats have been redesigned to better isolate passengers from vibration...

Vehicle Overview

Just a year after the conventional Optima received a full redesign, Kia is rolling out both a redesigned 2017 Optima Hybrid and a new 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid. The cars feature a revised design inside and out and Kia estimates the hybrid model will be more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

The Optima plug-in is expected to go on sale at the end of the year. Kia says the model's battery setup produces about 60 percent more energy than the battery pack in the outgoing Optima Hybrid's system, allowing it to go an estimated 27 miles in full EV mode.

Kia expects the regular hybrid version of the Optima to achieve 10 percent better fuel economy than old model, which got up to 36/40/38 mpg city/highway/combined depending on the trim level. The 2017 Optima Hybrid replaces the previous model's 2.4-liter engine with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as well as makes other changes to the powertrain to achieve the mileage bump.

Both the plug-in hybrid and conventional Optima Hybrid models look similar to the redesigned-for-2016 Optima sedan, but do bear a few eco-friendly aerodynamic tweaks. The models feature an active grille that closes to improve airflow, a hybrid-specific front air curtain, a beveled rear bumper, a different rear diffuser and an aerodynamic alloy wheel design.

Both models also get a redesigned, roomier interior as well as hybrid-specific gauges. Also, Kia says the seats have been redesigned to better isolate passengers from vibration; the passenger seat also features height adjustment this year.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
43 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

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(5.0)

Great Gas Mileage on Sharp Car!

by KiaBeliever from Rockford, IL on October 28, 2018

I've got 32,000 miles on this car and I am extremely happy I bought it. I average 45 mpg and no issues with the car yet. Only thing I've had to do was change oil and air filters. I'm almost done with ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car for gas mileage

by Stacy516 from Capac, Mi on August 20, 2018

This is an awesome car and get over 46 miles per gallon, also has apple/android play that comes with the car. Also back up camera. I love this car!!!! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Optima Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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