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2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

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$36,090 — $36,090 MSRP
5 Seats
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(5.0) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Roomy interior
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard

The Bad

  • PHEV is pricey
  • Hybrid's gas mileage trails competitors'
2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid
  • New standard convenience and safety features
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Comes in gas, hybrid or plug-in hybrid form
  • Hybrid gets 42 mpg combined
  • PHEV has 28-mile all-electric range

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2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Review

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid?

The 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid are efficiency-focused five-seat mid-size sedans. They’re powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that work with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid can drive up to 28 miles on electric power alone, according to EPA estimates, and it’s also eligible for a federal tax credit. Competitors include the Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Energi.     

What’s New on the 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid?

Wireless charging is now standard, and new standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, and a driver-drowsiness monitor. 

What Features in the 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid Are Most Important?

Efficiency. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s equivalent of 101 mpg and 28-mile all-electric range is a compelling case for around-town driving. The hybrid Accord and Camry, however, outperform the Optima Hybrid’s 42-mpg combined rating. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid?

Both the Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-In Hybrid are considerably more efficient than the gas-only Optima, but they’re also significantly more expensive. The Optima Hybrid is also more expensive than the Accord Hybrid and Camry Hybrid, which both have higher EPA-estimated gas mileage.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3 reviews — Read All reviews
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Value For The Money

Best kept secret among Plu-In hybrids!

by NormQC from Quebec, Canada on April 22, 2020

After enjoying 3 Honda Accords, I finally switched to a Plug-In Hybrid Kia Optima EX Premium 2020. In the first month, I averaged 2,3 litres/100 km in fuel economy (60.7 mpg US). In fact, in my day-to... Read full review


Great EV hybrid

by JimM from sacramento, CA on January 23, 2020

I just leased this vehicle 9 days ago. I have traveled over 300 miles on 5 gal of gas! This includes the 200 miles from dealship to my home - so it wasn't the electric motor! Great quiet, styling, ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid has not been tested.


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

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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 Plug-In 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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