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7.8

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

The 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid ranks near the bottom of the highly competitive midsize car class. Its reliability rating is middling, and most hybrid rivals are more fuel-efficient and offer more back-seat space.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent safety scores
  • Intuitive tech features
  • Smooth ride

 

  • Poor fuel economy for a hybrid
  • Tight rear-seat headroom

 

2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Optima Hybrid is a good used car. It has adequate performance, a pleasantly styled cabin, straightforward interior tech, and top-tier safety scores.

Used 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Performance and Interior

A four-cylinder engine and an electric motor combine to make the hybrid powertrain. The Optima Hybrid has no trouble getting up to speed, thanks to the six-speed automatic transmission that makes good use of the hybrid powertrain's torque. The transition from electric power to gas can feel rough. Most hybrids get better gas mileage than the Optima Hybrid, which only gets up to 35 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The front-wheel-drive Optima Hybrid’s smooth ride and composed handling make it an excellent long-distance cruiser.

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The cabin has excellent fit and finish, boasting mostly high-end materials and just a few cheaper-quality trim pieces. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, and only the tallest of passengers will want more headroom in the spacious rear seats. Available comfort features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel. Each of the rear outboard seats has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, while the rear middle seat has an additional upper tether.

The base Optima Hybrid isn't particularly well-equipped, especially compared to other midsize hybrids. Satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port are standard, while a touch-screen infotainment system is available. Many competitors have infotainment systems in all trim levels. The Optima Hybrid's UVO infotainment system is a breeze to use, and the gauges are easy to see. With only 10.8 cubic feet of cargo room, the Optima Hybrid has a smaller trunk than most midsize hybrids.

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Used 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid Prices

Prices for a used 2015 Optima Hybrid start around $15,000 for the base Optima Hybrid, and go up to about $19,000 for the EX trim. Total cost is dependent upon vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid?

The Optima Hybrid earns a three out of five predicted reliability rating. While that's average compared to all vehicles on the market, it's a bit below average among midsize hybrid cars.

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How Safe Is the Optima Hybrid?

The Optima Hybrid has an excellent safety score. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Optima Hybrid a Top Safety Pick, giving it a Good rating in four categories and an Acceptable rating in the fifth. The Optima Hybrid earned five out of five stars in each National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test, giving it a five-star NHTSA rating overall. There are no standard safety features, but some used models may have a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, or rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Optima Hybrid?

The 2015 model is part of the Optima Hybrid's first generation, which includes all model years from 2011 to 2017. There are no significant differences between the 2013, 2014, and 2015 models, aside from the 2014 model year’s revised exterior styling. You may be able to find an older Optima Hybrid that has the features you want for a lower price than the 2015. 

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Which Used Kia Optima Hybrid Is Right for Me?

Since the base Optima Hybrid offers fewer features than many rivals, you'll want to step up to the EX trim. It adds an UVO infotainment system, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Some EX models also have a panoramic sunroof and advanced safety features.

You may also 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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2015 Kia Optima Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid or 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is a better buy than the Optima Hybrid. Not only does the Fusion Hybrid have peppy acceleration and nimble handling, but it also gets some of the best fuel economy in the midsize hybrid segment. The Fusion Hybrid's cabin is modern and stylish, with comfortable, roomy seats in both rows. A long list of available safety features helped the Fusion Hybrid earn our 2015 Best Hybrid Car for Families award.

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid or 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The Optima Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid are fairly similar cars, but there are a few differences you should weigh before making a choice. Both earn below-average fuel economy ratings, and while rear-seat headroom isn't stellar in either, the Sonata Hybrid will likely feel a bit more spacious. Additionally, the Sonata Hybrid has more trunk space and a higher predicted reliability rating.

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