A Guide to Kia’s Hybrid Vehicle Lineup

2019 Kia Niro Hybrid at Kia of Lincoln.For 2019, Kia has a diverse lineup of hybrids available for those interested in something other than a traditional ride. Choose the Optima Hybrid, Optima Plug-in Hybrid, Niro, and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid for a new kind of driving experience.

Niro Hybrid

The Niro is a melding of a crossover and a hybrid that results in a vehicle that is versatile and practical. From its high-end styling to its impressive fuel economy, the Niro Hybrid is made for the driver who appreciates fine design and engineering while expecting a quality performance.

The Niro Hybrid is only available in front-wheel drive. It is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI engine and a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT), which provides a smooth drive with easy handling. For fuel economy, the Niro Hybrid has a combined EPA estimated rating of 50 miles per gallon (MPG) and a travel range of almost 600 miles.

Niro Plug-In Hybrid

The Plug-In Hybrid is available in three trims; LX, EX, and EX Premium. Each has its own individual features such as advanced safety aids for the driver in the LX, more convenience features with the EX, and premium items such as leather upholstery with the EX Premium.

Overall, the 2019 model is an almost exact replica of the Niro Hybrid. An exception is the 2019 Plug-In allows for an estimated 26 miles using electric power only due to a larger battery pack, which can be recharged with the aid of an external power source. When the car has exhausted the 26 miles of electric power, it reverts to gasoline power and has an estimated combined city/highway mileage rate of 46 miles per gallon (MPG).

The Niro Hybrid’s interior is well-designed. Some of the technology features include a 7-inch infotainment display, four-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, smartphone integration, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and front collision warning.

Optima Hybrid

The 2019 Optima Hybrid is an elegant sedan with memorable sculpted looks. Its aerodynamic lines, signature tiger-nose grille, stylish front bumper, expressive LED headlights, and an attitude that can’t be denied make the car a contender among its competitors.

Its drag coefficient is impressive combined with a hybrid powertrain and integrated air flap. Add features such as Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) for better visual viewing when cornering, self-adjusting light levels using High Beam Assist (HBA), and advanced LED lighting support better performance across the board.

Safety features for the sedan include rear cross-traffic collision warning (RCCW), parking distance warning-reverse (PDW-R), blind spot collision warning (BCW), and lane change assist (LCA).

Optima Plug-In Hybrid

The Optima Plug-In Hybrid is available in the EX trim. It is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor produces 202-horsepower and has an estimated 29-mile range using electric power before there’s a need for fuel.

The Plug-In is fitted with Kia Uvo services, a navigation system, 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and Bluetooth. Optional features include adaptive LED headlights, sunroof, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert.

If you’re interested in a more efficient driving experience while maintaining quality performance, up-to-date technology, and a focus on safety, the suite of Kia hybrids has all that and more.


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