2011 Kia Optima Hybrid Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Kia Optima - Road Test Specs

2011 Kia Optima Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. Hybrid 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
ModelOptima Hybrid
Style4dr sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
Base MSRP$27,250
Options on test vehicleHybrid Premium Technology Package ($5,000 -- includes panoramic sunroof, four-way power front passenger seat, two-way driver seat memory, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, navigation system with Sirius Traffic and back-up camera, Infinity audio system with 8 speakers, leather seat trim, 215/55 tires with 17-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights with auto-leveling)
As-tested MSRP$32,250


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,359/144
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)13
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)206 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)154 @ 4,250
Fuel type87-octane
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.212; II = 2.637; III = 1.800; IV = 1.386; V = 1.000; VI = 0.772; Final drive = 3.320


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Tire brandKuhmo
Tire modelSolus
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP215/55R17 93V
Tire size, rearP215/55R17 93V
Wheel size17-by-6.5 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.2-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.4
0-75 mph (sec.)12.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 87.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)37.6
@ Full throttle (dB)73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNeeds power braking to start up the gasoline engine from a stop, bringing revs to 1,500 rpm. Extremely laggardly off the line without power braking, and not much better with. Best time was achieved in Manual mode, because the automatic shifts a tad quicker than in Drive. Manual shifting is possible via the console lever (pull back for downshifts). Does not blip throttle on downshifts. Does not hold gears.
Braking commentsInitially the pedal feels like it goes all the way to the floor (travel is very short), and little braking seems to be happening. Distances aren't that bad, but there is almost no feel to the pedal. Ever. Which is very disconcerting.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Extremely slippery tires and tons of understeer. You really feel the weight of the hybrid, and throttle adjustments did little to curb the Optima's desire to plow the front tires. The ESC system was nowhere near as intrusive here (when switched on) as it was in the slalom. Slalom: The lack of grip from the tires was a problem, but luckily the chassis is lively and willing to change direction. The tail does swing around a bit, but it never gets excessive, even with ESC off. Lots and lots of body roll, due to soft suspension. The extreme nanny state of the ESC system meant ESC-On runs were a lesson in smoothness. Any violent turns at all and the brakes were applied heavily.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.2
Relative humidity (%)63.0
Wind (mph, direction)4.5 headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)35 city/40 highway (preliminary)
Edmunds observed (mpg)29.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,490
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,641
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58.9/41.1
Length (in.)190.7
Width (in.)72.0
Height (in.)57.3
Wheelbase (in.)110.0
Track, front (in.)62.8
Track, rear (in.)62.8
Turning circle (ft.)35.8
Legroom, front (in.)45.5
Legroom, rear (in.)34.6
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)9.9


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard

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