|2015 Kia Optima Hybrid||2015 Toyota Prius|
|Start at $18,465 (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||$22,423 (The Competition)|
|159||HP (From Gas Engine)||95|
|36 city, 40 highway||MPG||51 city, 48 highway|
|102.2||Passenger Room (cubic feet)||93.1|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Basic Warranty Coverage||3 years/36,000 miles|
If you want a ride that reduces your carbon footprint while also saving you money at the gas pump, then a hybrid is the vehicle for you. This fast-rising class that is just coming into its prime now includes two heavy hitters, the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. the 2015 Toyota Prius. While the 2015 Prius has nice name recognition, and it also gets 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway, it's an exceptionally small vehicle while the Optima Hybrid is a strapping specimen of lean, mean steel. Just because you're conscious of the environment doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice the looks of your vehicle. The 2015 Kia Optima is all-too-aware that an elegant car equals an elegant life, with a European-sport-styled finish that flashes power all the way from the front "beehive" grille to the sturdy 110-inch wheelbase.
While the 2015 Prius is a compact vehicle with 93.1 cubic feet of room for passengers, the Kia Optima is a mid-size sedan, and with that comes about another 10 percent of room, or 102.2 cubic feet. The environment is a concern of yours, but you still need that space to comfortably hold a group of friends or family - and what better way to get into the environmentally-conscious spirit than by giving them a ride in your 2015 Optima Hybrid? Besides the improved ride the 2015 Optima Hybrid provides, the Optima Hyrbrid can be yours for a nice discount, as they're priced starting at $18,465 (a savings of $10,000 from MSRP) at Friendly Kia with the VIP discount, while the competition's 2015 Prius stock sells for over $22,000.
Under the hood, both vehicles share the combination gas engine / electric motor to get superior fuel economy. While the 2015 Prius has a power output of 95 HP in its gas engine, the 2015 Optima Hybrid has a gas-powered 159 HP in all models - combine that with the boost you get from the electric motor, and you've got 199 combined HP to play with in the Optima Hybrid. That level of performance is similar to - or exceeds - most mid-size sedans, but with the electric motor your car will be quiet, and you'll have easier access to your full torque. If you want a hybrid, you want to reduce the emissions you give off, not your ability to change lanes in heavy traffic.
You also like to feel secure your car is backed by the manufacturer, and the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid enjoys an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, which includes a five-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty. The Prius, on the other hand, has inferior five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage and a three-year/36,000-mile limited basic warranty. Simply put, the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid is the clear choice if you want to save the environment and tons of money, but without sacrificing the performance that makes driving fun. To that end, we proudly sell the Kia Optima Hybrid on our lot, so come on in to look at, test drive or purchase this fun, fuel-efficient sedan at Friendly Kia, located at 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL, about 20 miles from Clearwater, less than 40 miles from Tampa, and less than 25 miles from Spring Hill.