How Do Aerodynamics for 2017 Optima Hybrids Differ from Gas Engine Optimas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Hybrid Vehicles, Kia Optima, Kia Optima Hybrid on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at 11:40 pm
2016 Kia Optima 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid aerodynamics

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2016 Kia Optima Aerodynamics

When you hear the phrase aerodynamics, you might be tempted to think of airplanes and the formation of wings.  But the principles that apply to the look, handling and fuel economy of airplanes also apply to the more earthbound vehicles, like the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid or the 2016 Kia Optima gas engine model.  Ready to take flight with a Kia Optima?  We thought so!

2016 Kia Optima Trim Level Comparison

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Aerodynamics of the 2016 Optima

2016 Kia Optima aerodynamics Friendly Kia Tampa FL

Judging by the image we’ve included, the 2016 Optima is indeed ready to soar.  How this was accomplished:

  • Making the side profile lean.
  • Upgrading the rear diffusers, doing the opposite of lift and creating a downward force instead.
  • Reducing weight, vibrations and more in the floor undercover.

Aerodynamics of the 2017 Optima Hybrid

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Clearwater FL

While the 2017 Optima Hybrid shares a lot of the style of the gas engine 2016 Optima, there’s a few added touches to mention, since this is a hybrid gas engine / electric motor and has different needs to operate and save you all that money on gas.

  • Bumpers in front and rear upgraded for improved air flow.
  • Air flap grille in front, which opens and closes.

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