What are the Advantages of a Hybrid vs. a Plug-In Hybrid?

By Product Expert | Posted in Hybrid Vehicles, Kia Optima, Kia Optima Hybrid on Friday, March 25th, 2016 at 4:58 pm
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Friendly Kia New Port Richey FL

Advantages of 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Napoleon Dynamite,” then you’re familiar with the “Liger,” a lion-tiger hybrid that the main character Napoleon drew.  You might think it’s a pipe dream that the Liger even exists, as well as exotic breeds like the “Zonkey,” a zebra-donkey mix, and you would probably be right, but the good news is there are plenty of hybrids that naturally occur in the wild, and we have tamed them and brought them to the dealership lot where they can do the most good.  Two such exotic beasts are the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid and the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid, both due on lots in 2016.  We’ll line them up and see what the advantages of each style of hybrid are. 

Advantages of 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Models  

2017 Optima Hybrid
2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid
193 (154 gas engine, 51 electric motor)
Net HP
202 (154 gas engine, 67 electric motor)
Combined MPG
Automatic trans: 40 / MPGe (MPG equivalent): 99
1.62 kWh
Battery Capacity
9.8 kWh
Eco-Das (Driver Assistance System)
Extra Feature
Greater all-purpose capability, 600 miles total driving range
Summer 2016
Release Date
Fourth quarter 2016
Model Trim Options

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid eco-friendly powertrain Clearwater FL
2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Friendly Kia St. Petersburg FL


Summary of Benefits of Each Hybrid

While both of these cars have the sport styling of the Kia Optima sedan, they also have features all their own.

  • The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid will be on the lot in the summer of 2016 with plenty of power (193 combined HP) and features like available Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) and a 10-speaker audio system.  The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid will also reduce emissions that can harm the environment, as does the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid.
  • The 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid will be on the lot in the final months of 2016, and it has a larger battery for increased all-electric capability, with 202 net HP, as well as the ability to get a full charge in less than three hours with a 240V (Level 2) charger and less than nine hours with a 120V (Level 1) charger.

Whichever one you choose, you can’t go wrong with their value, eco-friendly features and design.

[Related: See the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid: Pictures, Specs, etc.]

[Related: Get a First Look at the 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid]

Find Your Next Eco-Friendly Ride at Friendly Kia   

There’s plenty more to like about Kia models.  If you’d like to learn more, come visit us at Friendly Kia, take a look at our available inventory, and take a model for a test ride.  Or you can discover the benefits, performance and value of Kia vehicles using our model comparisons we have prepared.  Friendly Kia is located at 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, Florida, and we serve the area from Spring Hill and Trinity to the greater Tampa-St. Pete area, including Clearwater, and beyond.  Please contact us at 877-544-6706, or for more information about upcoming Kia releases come back here and visit the official Friendly Kia blog.

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