2020 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

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2020 Kia Optima Hybrid Overview

The Kia Optima Hybrid is a midsize hybrid sedan, sitting in the same category as the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid. For 2020, the Optima Hybrid gets a visual refresh and some new features.

The exterior features redesigned bumpers and lights, matching the non-hybrid Optima. The inside carries over. The Optima Hybrid still seats five people and sports 13.42 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the trunk, which expands when you lower the split-folding seats.

The Optima Hybrid gets a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that couples with an electric motor and 1.76-kilowatt-hour battery, making 192 net horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. It includes front-wheel drive (FWD) and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel-economy ratings sit at 40 mpg city, 45 highway, and 42 combined.

The Optima Hybrid comes in one well-equipped trim. The EX includes standard features like LED daytime-running lights (DRL), LED taillights, power-folding outside mirrors, keyless entry and start, leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a 6-way power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and dual-zone automatic climate control. For 2020, Kia enlarged the standard infotainment system to an 8-inch touchscreen. The Technology Package adds a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights and fog lights, a Harmon Kardon audio system, and navigation.

The bulk of the Optima Hybrid’s safety technology comes standard, including a reversing camera, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with traffic crawl, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, driver-attention monitoring, rear cross-traffic detection, and reversing sensors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluated the 2019 non-hybrid Optima and gave it top ratings.

The 2020 Kia Optima represents a solid, straightforward value if you’re looking for a midsize hybrid sedan.


Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

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