2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid has strong reliability and safety ratings. However, its so-so handling and acceleration and cramped rear seat contribute to its spot in the lower third of the midsize car class.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Lower fuel economy than hybrid competitors
  • Rough transition between gas and electric power
  • Smaller trunk than rival hybrid sedans
  • Limited rear-seat headroom




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid can’t keep up with its rivals. It gets lower fuel economy than most other hybrids in the midsize car class. While its acceleration and handling are decent, it can’t match what class leaders offer. Rear-seat headroom is a problem, and cargo space is less than you’ll find in other midsize vehicles.

Used 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and a 47-horsepower electric motor that produce a combined 199 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Power is good for daily driving, but there’s a rough transition between gas and electric power. The Kia has adequate handling. It is rated at an EPA-estimated 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is considered low for a midsize hybrid.

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The Kia Optima Hybrid seats five on cloth upholstery. Leather is available, as are heated rear seats and power-adjustable, heated and cooled front seats. The front and back seats are comfortable and provide ample legroom. Rear-seat headroom might be tight for some, especially with the available panoramic sunroof. The Kia Optima Hybrid has complete sets of LATCH child-seat systems on the rear outboard seats.

Interior features in the Optima Hybrid include satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You’ll also find some models equipped with an eight-speaker audio system, a heated steering wheel, acoustic laminated glass for a quieter cabin, and the 8-inch UVO infotainment system with a voice-activated navigation system. The UVO infotainment system is well-regarded for its ease of use. The Optima Hybrid has a smaller trunk than rivals.

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Used 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid ranges from about $13,600 for the LX trim to around $16,600 for the EX trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid?

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is considered above average for the auto industry.

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How Safe Is the Optima Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Kia Optima Hybrid five out of five stars in each crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not independently crash test the Optima Hybrid, but the 2014 Kia Optima – built on the same platform – was named a Top Safety Pick. It received the top rating of Good in all but the small overlap front test, in which it earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used Optima Hybrid?

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid is part of the car’s first generation, which launched with the 2011 model. You could consider a 2013 Optima Hybrid to save money, but it would lack the 2014 model’s refreshed exterior.

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Which Used Optima Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid is available in two trim levels: the base LX and the EX. The Kia Optima Hybrid LX trim has an extensive list of standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, cruise control buttons, and a cooled glove box. The Kia Optima Hybrid EX steps up the technology with features like an infotainment system, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system with external amplifier and subwoofer, HD Radio, a rearview camera display, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The LX trim is a fine choice and should save you money.

Or, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned Optima Hybrid. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile Platinum warranty for non-powertrain parts. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid or 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid is not just a good midsize hybrid, it’s one of the best midsize sedans on the market. The Camry Hybrid and Optima Hybrid share the same highway fuel economy rating – 38 mpg – but the Toyota gets 42 mpg in the city compared to the Kia’s 35 mpg. The Camry Hybrid also has a more comfortable rear seat and a quieter passenger cabin. With its larger trunk and perfect reliability score, the Camry Hybrid is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid or 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid gets far better fuel economy than the Kia Optima Hybrid. The Accord Hybrid is EPA rated at 49 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, while the Kia gets 35/38 mpg city/highway. The Optima Hybrid has more front legroom, and the two midsize hybrids share similar rear-seat legroom. The Accord Hybrid is known for its brisk acceleration and nimble handling, which means you’ll get hybrid fuel economy without sacrificing performance. It’s the better choice over the Optima Hybrid.

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