The first ever Kia hybrid vehicle to go on sale in the United States is scheduled to arrive at nationwide dealer showrooms next month, with a starting price of $26,500, the automaker announced today.
The price tag excludes $750 for destination and handling. Interestingly, the price for the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid is just a little more than the $25,795 it costs to buy its sibling – the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
The Optima Hybrid employs a Kia-developed powertrain that includes several innovations, including advanced lithium polymer batteries from LG Chem, to deliver up to an impressive 35 miles per gallon in city driving and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Optima hybrid will share its gasoline-electric drivetrain with the Hyundai Sonata hybrid, meaning it retains that car’s 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine, electric motor, and six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment includes eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dual zone automatic temperature control with rear vents, push-button start with smart key, Supervision meter cluster with LCD display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, one-touch automatic up/down on front windows, chrome interior door handles, glove box illumination, rear reading lamps, and fixed rear seats with ski pass-through.