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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Review

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid has an easy-to-use infotainment system and comfortable seating with plenty of space in the front and back. However, it ranks in the middle of the pack because car reviewers feel the premium you pay for the hybrid powertrain is too steep.

Pros & Cons

  • Good highway fuel economy
  • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Flexible cargo space
  • Lacks standard active safety features




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is a very good choice among midsize sedans. It favors a smooth ride over agile handling, and it has fantastic highway fuel economy and a perfect safety rating.

Still, you pay a hefty premium for the Optima Hybrid. It started at $25,995 when new, which is $3,700 more than the gas-powered Optima. You’d have to drive the Optima Hybrid for more than five years to recoup that price difference. Although the price gap for used models may not be as steep, you should still factor this into your decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 17 professional evaluations for this 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid?

At the time of writing, we do not have dedicated pricing for the Kia Optima Hybrid.

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How Much Does the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid are estimated to be $19,704. That’s well below average for a midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Optima Hybrid?

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid has a starting price of $25,995. With no major changes for the 2018 model year, you’ll most likely save money by considering the 2017 Optima Hybrid.

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Which Model Year of the Kia Optima Hybrid Is Best?

The Kia Optima Hybrid was completely redesigned for 2017. It has a more refined powertrain and better fuel economy, as well as a higher-quality interior. The standard infotainment system also gained the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid?

The Optima Hybrid has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid has no recalls.

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Which Used Kia Optima Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Optima Hybrid has two trim levels: Premium and EX. The base Premium trim is well equipped and should satisfy most shoppers. It comes with the UVO eServices infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch-screen color display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Optima Hybrid EX adds leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with four-way power lumbar support, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat with a height adjuster, heated front seats, a surround-sound audio system with 10 speakers, and a navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen.

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What Does Kia's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Kia offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty as well as a one-year/12,000-mile comprehensive Platinum warranty on non-powertrain parts. Every CPO Kia must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Kia has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Optima Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid five out of five stars in the front, side, and rollovers crash tests.

A rearview camera is the only advanced safety feature that comes standard in the 2017 Optima Hybrid. Available advanced active safety features include rear park assist, blind spot detection with lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid or 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid?

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the 2017 Optima Hybrid sit near each other in our rankings. The Fusion Hybrid has a sportier suspension, while the Optima Hybrid has a smoother ride. The Kia boasts better fuel economy numbers on the highway, but the Ford is more efficient city driving. The Optima Hybrid is a better choice if you rack up a lot of lots of highway miles or desire a comfortable ride. Otherwise, go for the Fusion Hybrid.

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid or 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid has brisk acceleration, an excellent ride quality, and a perfect predicted reliability rating. It also gets better city fuel economy than the Optima Hybrid. By contrast, the Kia shines on the highway and has a better infotainment system. Where you drive – city or highway – will determine which of these fine vehicles is better for you.

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2017 Optima Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Drive?

The 2017 Optima Hybrid delivers a smooth driving experience. It has accurate steering and good composure around curves. A four-cylinder engine and an electric motor produce a combined 193 horsepower. While many hybrids have a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the Optima Hybrid has a more traditional six-speed automatic.

Does the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid returns 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway, which is impressive for the class. The highway fuel economy of the Optima Hybrid is among the best in the class.

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2017 Optima Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Optima Hybrid Seat?

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather seats are available, as well as a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with height adjuster, and heated front seats. Both the front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable. The rear seats split 60/40, which isn’t common in hybrid sedans.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid?

A complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors are located in each of the Optima Hybrid’s outboard rear seats, and there’s a middle-seat upper tether anchor.

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Features

The 2017 Optima Hybrid comes standard with the UVO infotainment system that features a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and push-button start.

Available features include a 10-speaker surround sound audio system and a navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen, Sirius traffic, an integrated rearview camera, sound-insulating acoustic front door glass, two USB ports, and a rear 12-volt charger.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Dimensions

Kia Optima Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid has 13.42 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s on the small side for a midsize car, but it’s about average for a midsize hybrid.

2017 Optima Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2017 Optima Hybrid is 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,486 to 3,538 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Built?

Kia manufactured the 2017 Optima Hybrid in South Korea.

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