No bones about it, this is a hybrid sedan showdown, with the 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Both are midsize sedans with eco-friendly powertrains that reduce tailpipe emissions, and both get superior fuel economy to the typical gas engine sedan. But when two cars arrive at a part in the road where two lanes become one, one must take the lead, and that is the 2016 Optima Hybrid, with a style that borrows heavily from the design of the 2016 gas engine Optima as well as sporty European masters. The 2016 Optima Hybrid's low curb weight of less than 3,500 pounds – compared to the 2016 Fusion Hybrid's 3,639 pounds – also means it can handle wind shear and curves as delightfully as Jerry Seinfeld delivers his comedy.
The 2016 Fusion Hybrid has 188 combined horsepower from its gas engine and electric motor, which sounds pretty good, until the 2016 Optima Hybrid drops a knowledge bomb with 199 combined HP from its gas engine / electric motor combo, a figure that will give you the oomph to keep up – and surpass – other cars on the road, whether they're hybrid or not.
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|2016 Kia Optima Hybrid||Vs.||2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid|
|199||Net HP (gas engine & electric motor)||188|
|3,496||Curb Weight (pounds)||3,639|
|35.8||Curb-to-Curb Turning Circle (feet)||37.5|
|10-yr/100k-mile powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper||Warranty Coverage||5-yr/60k-mile powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper|
One of the obstacles to some car shoppers when they are considering a hybrid vehicle is the cost to replace expensive powertrain parts. Kia alleviates this concern with its industry-leading warranty coverage of 10 years/100,000 miles for limited powertrain and five years/60,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper. While you're enjoying the comfort and savings this parts replacement program offers, 2016 Fusion Hybrid owners will be regretting the inferior warranty coverage of three years/36,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper and five years/60,000 miles for limited powertrain coverage.
The 2016 Kia Optima Hybrid is a stylish, fuel-efficient (36 mpg city, 40 mpg highway) that breaks free from the standard "hybrid look" while also giving you an engine to rival nearly anyone on the road and extras like available heated front seats and standard cooling glove box so you can stay warm while your beverages stay chill for the trip ahead. We typically carry the Kia Optima Hybrid at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.