2011 Kia Optima Hybrid prices start at $26,500

Kia Optima hybrid car pricing

How much does the 2011 Kia Optima hybrid car cost?

Kia today announced that their first-ever hybrid vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in the United States this June, with a starting price of $26,500 (the price excludes a $750 destination fee).

Under the hood, the new Optima hybrid features the carmaker’s highly-advanced hybrid powertrain technology which enables it to deliver up to 35 MPG in the city and up to 40 MPG on the highway.

Kia’s in-house developed hybrid system is known as “full parallel hybrid system”  which means it also allows the owner to drive the car at full-electric drive mode with speeds of up to 62 miles per hour.

The 2011 Optima Hybrid sedan also employs a Virtual Engine Sound System -VESS, which is standard on all models.

The VESS system plays a pre-recorded engine sound during electric-only operation to help notify people outside the vehicle that it is approaching. It also features a highly- advanced lithium polymer batteries, supplied by LG Chem.

2011 Kia Optima hybrid comes in 2 trims

Available in two trims, the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid comes standard with features like dual zone automatic temperature control with rear vents, push-button start with smart key, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, Supervision cluster with LCD display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lamps, heated outside mirrors and LED tail lamps.

This is also the very-first vehicle from Kia Motors to be available with the new UVO infotainment system.

What is Kia UVO?

The UVO is a hands-free infotainment system similar to Ford’s Sync that includes a 4.3-inch full-color display providing information on media content, phone-book data and vehicle information.

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  1. Philip says:

    So, we are to assume the the new Kia Optima Hybrid will not share the same identical technology as its sibling. the Sonata Hybrid?

  2. It does, actually.

  3. W Wilson says:

    Interesting that Kia hybrid prices are higher than those at Hyundai

  4. who said they dont have the experiance. what is experience today , it is the the people of kia that have the experiance . Look how far they have come in such a short time and that is with no experiance.

  5. Indiana Bob says:

    As the Kia is priced higher than the Hyundai hybrid I am sure that there is added content; does the Hyundai have the UVO (or similar)?

    Note that the styling of the Hybrid is the same as the standard Optima; the Sonata version is different.

  6. jeremiahandson says:

    It actually has the styling of the SX Optima, and we can’t keep Optimas on the lot. We also outsell the Hyundai store up the road every month. People are definitely starting to see the value in the Kia brand. Our sales are up about 250% at our store over last years monthly numbers. I can’t wait to get one of these on the lot, as we have had a lot of inquiries into them. And now we can actually make money selling them.

  7. BernardP says:

    Interesting comment jeremiahandson. I would suspect people are becoming more attracted to Kia because Kias, accross the line, now look better than Hyundais.

  8. Philip says:

    jeremiahandson, think you “Store”is busy now? Wait till Fall and the new 2012 Kia Rio and Rio5 arrive, you`ll have to run your Showroom like a Deli and have Customers Take a Number!

  9. Carson says:

    I am very excited to see all of the new technologies and designs in the next coming years. Feb and March sales at my dealership were record setting for our company. The next generation Rios the introduction of the KV-7 and of course the VERY limited production hybrid Optima are the top 3 on my list to see…. the 2013 Soulster should be a fun little car as well. Kia and Hyundai are on their way to being the top import vehicles in the U.S. within the next 5-8 years. Mark my word. I consider myself very fortunate to work for a company with such a bright future. We are not the Kia of old.

  10. Bryan says:

    The new world order 2012 Kia Rio hatch is an awesome new Kia for you, Kia fans.

  11. Philip says:

    A previous poster has stated that there has been Quality Control issues in the past at Kia`s Sohari Plant that builds both the Sedona and Rio vehicles. I personally have not experienced any indication of that with my 06` Kia Rio5 which I`ve owned for almost 6 years and driven almost 70K miles. Kia should make damn sure that with the roll out of its new edition 2012 Rio and Rio5 that QC is going to be “Job 1” and that the quality of the vehicles built on that line meets or exceeds that of Hyundai vehicles that are built across town at their mega Ulsan Plant.

  12. Bryan says:

    I had good fortune with both of my Kia’s purchased new. Little things like the fuel filler door not opening, fuel kit retrofit recall, evaporative calve needing replacing for fuel, stuff like that. On our ’01 Sportage 4X4 an alert dealership mechanic noticed that the Sportsman’s brand new radiator needed replacing, it already had some defective cells that were leaking. So that was replaced for no charge under Warranty. Nothing big and nothing major and everything didn’t hit at once. It was slowly, here and there and not that many things at all. All covered under Warranty at no charge. The only annoying thing was the ’01 Sportage 4X4 needed an alternator replaced at 88,000 miles, not covered by the Long-Haul because it is an electrical system part. Cost me some $350 for part and labor to install, all my responsibility to pick up. Ouch! But there was really nothing all that big and no reason to poo-poo Kia at all for what went on. I would buy another without hesitation.

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