The Kia Optima Hybrid is once again EPA-rated at 40 mpg for the 2013 model year, and now we know that the hybrid midsize sedan will cost $225 more than last year's model. The 2013 Optima Hybrid will cost $26,675, while the better-equipped EX model will cost $32,275. The destination fee on the 2013 Optima Hybrid is $775.
The Optima Hybrid EX was previously offered in the form of a Premium Technology package on the 2012 model, and includes HID headlights, an eight-speaker premium sound system, navigation with a rear-view camera, heated/ventilated front seats, a sunroof, and 17-inch wheels. Perhaps more important for hybrid sedan shoppers, the Optima Hybrid's EPA ratings are now 36/40 mpg city/highway with the base model and 35/39 mpg with the EX model, just like the revised 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Starting with a new 47 kW lithium-polymer battery, the revised 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid has 199 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque -- that's 7 hp down from last year but a 40 lb-ft improvement. With slightly better mileage, a larger trunk, and more torque, the Kia Optima Hybrid will be better prepared to do battle with the Toyota Camry hybrid, upcoming Honda Accord hybrid, Ford Fusion hybrid, and Hyundai Sonata hybrid.