2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan

What’s new

  • Additional standard features this year
  • EX is the only available trim for 2019
  • Minor exterior styling updates
  • Part of the second Optima Hybrid generation introduced in 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet interior around town and on the highway
  • Available 60/40-split rear seats increase the cargo area
  • Plenty of available safety and luxury features
  • Some rival hybrid sedans get better fuel economy
  • The sloping roofline limits rear headroom
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Which Optima Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

With only one trim level available, it's got to be the EX. But we like all the extra features that come as part of the Technology package — the one and only option package available. Even with these extra luxury and technology items added, including a powerful 10-speaker stereo, a panoramic sunroof and ventilated front seats, the Optima Hybrid is still competitively priced.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2019 Kia Optima takes everything you get with a regular Optima — plenty of features for the price, as well as a comfortable interior and a pleasant ride quality — and adds on some extra goodness. You get an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in combined city/highway driving as well as 192 horsepower. Those are noteworthy increases compared to a regular Optima.

It's true that most rival midsize hybrid sedans typically offer a tad better fuel economy than the Optima. Also, some other manufacturers have packaged the battery packs to not impinge on cargo space — the Optima Hybrid loses 2.5 cubic feet to its hybridization. From a driving standpoint, however, the Optima is among the best. While you'll want to consider rivals such as the Honda Accord, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Toyota Camry, the Optima Hybrid is definitely a competitive option.

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid models

The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in one trim level. It's powered by the combination of an electric motor and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which together make 192 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. The Optima Hybrid comes well-equipped with standard features, but there is one available package to dress up the Kia even further.

The only trim level available is the EX, and it comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and power-folding mirrors. Inside, leather seating includes a 10-way adjustable driver's seat, a six-way adjustable passenger seat and heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Dual-zone climate control and rear-seat air vents are standard, as is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 7-inch touchscreen, keyless entry and push-button ignition. Reverse assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and lane keeping assist are all included in the Optima's standard suite of driver aids.

The Technology package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, adaptive LED headlights and laminated front door windows to reduce road noise for a quieter cabin. Inside, there's a panoramic sunroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 10-speaker, 630-watt Harman Kardon stereo system, an 8-inch touchscreen, a heated steering wheel, LED interior lights, and ventilated front seats. Forward collision warning and assist, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control are also added.


Overallundefined / 5


Though we haven't driven the Optima Hybrid yet, we have tested the mechanically related Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. We expect the Optima will pull away smoothly from a stop thanks to its initial electric-only power. But outright performance and handling are likely to be a bit disappointing.


The regular Optima sedan delivers a smooth ride on all kinds of pavement, and the cabin is quiet at highway speeds. We're not as thrilled with the seats, though.

Seat comfort

Heated front seats are standard; ventilated seats and heated rear seats are options. The front seats are roomy but lack lateral side bolstering. The rear seats are also spacious, but the low-mounted cushion may lack support for average-size adults.

Ride comfort

The regular Optima sedan absorbs small, high-frequency bumps pretty well for an overall smooth ride. Larger undulations cause some jostling but not significantly more than rivals in this class. The Hybrid's ride quality should not be that different despite the different powertrain.


The Optima's interior, regardless of model or trim, isn't especially exciting visually. That said, it serves its functions well. The feature set makes you feel as if you're getting a lot more for your money, although the quality of materials feels a bit mediocre.

Ease of use

We give the Optima high marks for its easy-to-use infotainment system and readable physical buttons that are logically placed. The primary controls are all within reach, and there's no guesswork with buttons that are a bit out of the way.

Getting in/getting out

When the tall door openings are free from obstructions, passengers can access their seats with little difficulty. The doors are adequately short in length to provide access in tight parking spots.


The front seats have plenty of space for larger passengers, and the range of adjustments will cover short and tall occupants. The rear outboard seats benefit from an abundance of legroom, but headroom is only adequate for adults of average height.


The Optima's cabin feels big and airy thanks to large windows and narrow roof pillars, but the high rear decklid and rear-seat headrests obscure the rearward view. The standard rearview camera and optional parking sensors help reduce blind spots.


Plenty of plastic is used throughout the interior, but it's sturdy and the texture is visually appealing. The car feels as solid as any other sedan in the class.


With 13.4 cubic feet of storage, trunk space is slightly less than the class average for a midsize hybrid sedan. It gains extra points for 60/40-split rear seats, though the opening is on the small side. Inside, there's plenty of space for personal items in the many bins and pockets.


Kudos to Kia for an easy-to-use infotainment system with high-quality graphics and plenty of redundant physical buttons so you don't get lost in menus. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are appreciated.

Driver aids

Reverse assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and lane keeping assist are all now included in the Optima's standard suite of driver aids. But most of the latest driver safety aids, such as lane departure warning and forward collision warning, are optional.

Consumer reviews

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    Features & Specs

    EX 4dr Sedan features & specs
    EX 4dr Sedan
    2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A
    MPG 39 city / 45 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower192 hp @ 6000 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite Optima Hybrid safety features:

    Blind-Spot Detection System
    Illuminates a light on either of the Optima's side mirrors when a vehicle enters its blind spot.
    Autonomous Emergency Braking
    Sounds a warning if the Optima detects an imminent front collision. The brakes automatically engage to avoid or lessen an impact.
    Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    Sounds a warning if a vehicle is approaching the Optima from the side while it is in reverse.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.8%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Kia Optima Hybrid vs. the competition

    Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Honda Accord Hybrid

    Adding hybrid capability to the redesigned Honda Accord should be a slam dunk since the new Accord has impressed with its style, space and upmarket feel. But even with impressive fuel economy ratings, the hybrid version leaves a bit to be desired. Some might find the noises emitted by the powertrain to be irritating, while the brakes can be both touchy at high speeds and not as effective as a regular Accord's.

    Compare Kia Optima Hybrid & Honda Accord Hybrid features

    Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid

    There's a lot to like about the 2019 Camry Hybrid, not least of which is its stellar fuel economy in LE trim. No sacrifices have been made to turn the car into a hybrid either, as it offers the same interior and cargo volumes. But the ride in the LE version is a bit on the floaty side, something that's fixed in the higher trim levels. And we're still not enamored with Toyota's multimedia system.

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    Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Ford Fusion Hybrid

    The 2019 Ford Fusion mixes style with substance and pretty decent fuel economy. The Fusion Hybrid definitely gets the driving part right, and it's one hybrid you'll want to use to drive the scenic route. The infotainment system is powerful and easy to operate, but visibility to the rear suffers thanks to the Fusion's sleek styling. It can also get a bit expensive when optioned up.

    Compare Kia Optima Hybrid & Ford Fusion Hybrid features


    Is the Kia Optima Hybrid a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Optima Hybrid both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Kia Optima Hybrid fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Optima Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Optima Hybrid has 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Optima Hybrid. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid:

    • Additional standard features this year
    • EX is the only available trim for 2019
    • Minor exterior styling updates
    • Part of the second Optima Hybrid generation introduced in 2016
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    Is the Kia Optima Hybrid reliable?
    To determine whether the Kia Optima Hybrid is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Optima Hybrid. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Optima Hybrid's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Optima Hybrid is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid?

    The least-expensive 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $28,090.

    Other versions include:

    • EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) which starts at $28,090
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    What are the different models of Kia Optima Hybrid?
    If you're interested in the Kia Optima Hybrid, the next question is, which Optima Hybrid model is right for you? Optima Hybrid variants include EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A). For a full list of Optima Hybrid models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid

    Proving that hybrids don't have to be weird-looking pods of efficiency, the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid remains a stylish, practical sedan. And like other Kias, the Optima Hybrid is chock-full of standard features backed up by a strong warranty.

    The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid carries over nearly unchanged this year, but it does get a few additional features, including heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

    Power for the Optima Hybrid comes from the combination of an electric motor and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, which combine to make 192 horsepower. Kia uses a six-speed automatic for its more familiar gear-shifting experience, whereas other manufacturers incorporate a continuously variable automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is rated at 41 mpg combined (39 city/45 highway).

    Inside, the Optima Hybrid is nearly indistinguishable from the standard Optima with clean, straightforward design, excellent ergonomics and good-quality materials. There's plenty of space and visibility for front passengers, but taller rear passengers might want a little bit more headroom. Also, rearward visibility is reduced because of the Optima's swoopy styling.

    Cargo space does take a small hit due to the hybrid battery packaging, and the result is a loss of 2.5 cubic feet (now at 13.4 cubic feet) compared to the gasoline-powered sedan. But with 60/40-split folding rear seats, the Optima Hybrid still provides one of the more spacious trunks in the class.

    As for available trim levels, there's only one: the EX. It's already well-equipped, but there's also an optional Technology package that adds such niceties as ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, more driver safety aids, acoustically insulated front glass and adaptive cruise control. Whatever your choice, let Edmunds help you find the perfect 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid for you.

    2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan Overview

    The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan is offered in the following styles: EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A).

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