The Kia Optima has been one of our top picks for a midsize sedan for a while now thanks to its potent blend of features, warranty and price. Now there's a new model to consider: the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid. With a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that can store up to 29 miles of all-electric range (after just three hours of recharging on a 240-volt charge), the Optima Plug-In Hybrid is ideal for commuters who can charge overnight or at the office, or even drivers who simply need their car for short commutes and trips in and around town.
With only one trim to choose from, the EX, buying a 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid largely comes down to a simple choice of which color you want. Even with a lone trim level, however, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid is loaded with standard features, reinforcing Kia's philosophy of offering a lot for less. The EX includes, among other features, leather upholstery, a navigation system and 8-inch display, a rearview camera, heated seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.
An optional Technology package is available for buyers seeking additional creature comforts such as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a sunroof, as well as several collision avoidance technologies including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, even adaptive "bending" headlights. Although it packs a lot of features, this package isn't exactly cheap, and we recommend it only for those who crave the most peace of mind and pleasure of gadgetry as is available.
The 2017 Kia Optima stacks up well against its competition, largely because it doesn't have much. Though it's not the only plug-in hybrid on the market, it's among the largest and most versatile. Ford offers a plug-in version of its Fusion sedan, but it has just 20 miles of electric range. The Toyota Prius Prime is a plug-in version of the popular hybrid hatchback, and its cargo versatility is hard to beat, but it's hard to consider it big enough for hard-core family duty. The same could be said for the Chevrolet Volt, which is the champion of electric-only miles (about 50 miles in many cases), but with a rear seat that is simply too small for a grown or growing family of five, for example.
Still, the 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid has plenty to recommend it, especially if you can keep your mileage to within the electric limits. Indeed, it could be a very long time until you'd need to visit a station to fuel up the Optima's gasoline engine. When you're ready to explore the electric possibilities of the Optima Plug-In Hybrid, let Edmunds be your guide to the car that's right for you.
2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Overview
The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A). Optima Plug-In Hybrid models are available with a 0-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What should I pay for a new 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid?
2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36105. The average price paid for a new 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is trending $2500 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2500 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33605.
The average savings for the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is 6.9% below the MSRP.
We are showing 1 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41410. The average price paid for a new 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is trending $4752 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4752 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36658.
The average savings for the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is 11.5% below the MSRP.
We are showing 2 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
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Vehicle EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
Review This car is everything you could want in a plug-in hybrid, with a few (relatively) minor exceptions such as no programmable garage door opener buttons, charging door tricky to close after charging. It's pretty much a grown-up Chevy Volt (which I also own and love!), but one thing Kia should have done differently: for smoothness in EV mode, have the electric motor directly power the wheels (ie eliminate the 6 speed auto trans in EV mode). Also take note that KIA sells cars in non-traditional ways - apparently they do not allow their dealers to order any specific vehicles; they only sell what arrives on the car hauler truck. This makes it difficult (sometimes impossible) to connect with the vehicle and dealer you like. That said, the dealers apparently can ATTEMPT to identify and divert vehicles immediately after manufacture. Also, Kia's web site makes it very convenient to view all dealer's inventories for specific vehicles. All said and done, I would definitely buy another Kia. Grant Calkins, Bend, OR
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What options are available on the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid?
Available Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid 2017 Trims: EX
Exterior Colors: Aurora Black Pearl, Aluminum Silver, Gravity Blue, Snow White Pearl
Interior Colors: Black leather, Gray leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Heated seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Cooled Seats, Lane Departure Warning, Parking sensors, Pre-collision safety system, Sunroof/Moonroof, Upgraded Headlights
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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