The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors America.

A quick look at the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid is an attractive option in the hybrid sedan segment, one that is still growing despite several months of relatively stable gasoline prices. With an EPA rating of 40-mpg highway and a base price of $25,700, this vehicle warrants the hybrid buyer's consideration.

From it’s attractive exterior to a well-equipped dashboard and comfortable interior, The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid shows the brand is ready to aggressively compete in this widening field of hybrid vehicles.

Exterior

From a sleep mask shaped grill, dividing HID projector auto-leveling headlamps, to a fascia with a mildly menacing grin, the hybrid vehicle features crisp, clean lines running back to a classically sloped rear window. Bottom flares on the doors are protective while blending into the slippery aerodynamics of the sedan.

In the rear, striking red taillights ringed with LEDs cross the trunk lid aesthetically, while additional strip lights are placed just below the bumper. Double five spoke 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels complete the car’s attractive exterior and 17-inch wheels come as an option.

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid comes with fog lamps in front and a rear deck lip spoiler standard. If you frequent busy malls or shopping centers, the optional power-folding sideview mirrors might help protect your investment.

Safety, interior and technical features
The hybrid sedan features two-stage front, seat-mounted front and full-length side curtain airbags. It addition it comes standard with ABS, traction and stability control, as well as hill assist and tire pressure monitoring.

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