June 1

All About Kia's Hybrid and EV Cars


beep-beepOptima Hybrid

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid underwent a full redesign, showing off improved exterior styling and upgraded interior features. Even the base model comes well equipped with 16-inch wheels, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, a 7-inch touch screen display with Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio. Optional features include a larger touch screen display, navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, and a premium audio system with HD radio.
All models come standard with a 2.0-liter engine paired with an electric motor, producing a combined output of 192 horsepower. The six-speed automatic transmission offers a traditional shifting feel while rating at an estimated 42 miles per gallon combined.

Optima Plug-In Hybrid

If you want even better efficiency than the Optima Hybrid, check out Kia’s Optima Plug-In Hybrid option. This vehicle is brand new for 2017 but carries over features from the popular Optima. You can charge the battery from a standard household electrical outlet and go up to 27 miles on a single charge in all-electric mode. The car also boasts plenty of interior space, a high-end infotainment system, and a very comfortable ride for all passengers.
It’s available in a single trim level with leather upholstery, a premium audio system, navigation, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. Upgrades are available in packages, such as ventilated front seats, extra active safety features, and heated rear seats.

Soul EV

For buyers who love the iconic appearance of the Soul but want better efficiency, the Soul EV is the perfect vehicle. As its name suggests, it’s an electrically powered version of the boxy Kia Soul. It has an electric motor paired with a 27-kWh battery that puts out 109 horsepower and can drive for up to 93 miles. When you choose this model over a sedan, you’ll get more cargo space.
It comes in three trim levels, each of which boast a DC fast-charge port, a 6.6-kW onboard charger, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats, and a 5-inch central display screen with a rearview camera and six-speaker audio system.


The Niro, a compact crossover SUV from Kia, offers sleek exterior styling that helps it stand out among other hybrids. Beneath the hood, you’ll find a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that works in conjunction with an electric motor to put out 139 combined horsepower. Its six-speed dual-clutch transmission is also a differentiator in a sea of continuously variable transmissions.
It’s available in five trim levels with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a touch-screen display, cargo area storage tray, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated side mirrors, and high-end safety features.
Take one of Kia’s latest hybrid or EV models for a test drive to see why so many buyers love these options.
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