The next stage in Kia's hybrid revolution is here, as the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is being joined by the 2017 Kia Niro HUV (Hybrid Utility Vehicle) and the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid in 2017. We'll look at the benefits and features of each of these fuel-friendly vehicles and see which is the best for saving money and the planet with reduced emissions. The longer-running of the three is the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, which is on dealership lots all over, and which has a more Euro-styled sport look than the average hybrid, with additional performance to match. While some hybrids may be lightweight and crude-looking, the Optima Hybrid is a midsize sedan with 192 combined horsepower (gas engine and electric motor), yet it still averages 46 miles per gallon highway – the best of all worlds.
The 2017 Optima Hybrid also comes with available driver-assist features like Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Autonomous Emergency Braking, making the drive safer. The 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid shares the same basic design as the Optima Hybrid but gets a jump up in power with 202 combined horsepower, and since it can also be plugged in to recharge, you get the equivalent of 103 miles per gallon with charging, or 38 mpg city, 43 mpg highway with no recharging. the Optima Hybrid Plug-In shares similar available safety features as the standard Optima Hybrid.
|2017 Kia Niro||Vs.||2017 Kia Optima Hybrid||2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid|
|52, 49||Base MPG (city, highway)||39, 46||38, 43 (about 100 MPGe)|
|139||Net HP (electric motor & gas engine)||192||202|
|54.5||Cargo Room (cubic feet)||13.4||9.9|
|Yes (8 speakers)||Harman/Kardon Audio System?||Yes (up to 10 speakers)||Yes (10 speakers)|
|Spring 2017||Release Date||Fourth quarter 2016||Spring 2017|
Among the new 2017 arrivals in Kia's hybrid class, the 2017 Kia Niro is making perhaps the biggest splash, with a Super Bowl ad campaign with Melissa McCarthy and a class-leading 50 combined miles per gallon. There has simply never been a crossover hybrid that can drive such disances for so little fuel, and the Niro even set a Guinness World Record for fuel economy in December 2016 during a cross-country trip in the U.S. The 2017 Niro also has SUV-like cargo room in back, with up to 54.5 cubic feet for cargo, but also has cool features like Regenerative Braking, which stores the energy from braking for later use.
While the 2017 Optima Hybrid is already on dealership lots as of early 2017, the 2017 Kia Niro will arrive in the Spring of 2017, and the 2017 Optima Hybrid Plug-In will also arrive likely in the Spring of 2017. Look for the full variety of Kia vehicles at Boucher Kia of Racine, located at 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, also serving the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information about the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive for the Kia model of your choice.