Did you know your car has a few hidden secrets? It does if you own a 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid. Check out the fun and unique traits in this car below. Then you can surprise your friends and family with an explanation if one of them notices these traits.
The Shape of the Body
The sleek shape of the Optima body easily attracts the eye. As much as it is eye-catching, it is also essential. As you make your way to your next destination, the car cuts down on the drag it creates through the air. This helps the vehicle running at peak efficiency, and the aerodynamic shape helps save gas as well. The drag coefficient on the car is a Cd of .24.
Another critical and often overlooked body feature is the air flap. This small feature helps keep your engine cool. Depending on how fast you go, the air flap works to either heat or cool the engine naturally. This air flap helps your car decrease its drag and increase its performance. It also helps to ensure that your engine remains in peak condition throughout the life of the vehicle.
Following the car from front to back, you see the rear is designed to help with aerodynamics as well. The sculpted rear end means that the air does not drop behind the car; instead, it creates the tunnel effect that works with the grille features to help increase your speed naturally.
Unique Headlight Features
Did you know your headlights can bend? Well, they do now thanks to the Optima. These cars include Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) headlights. Why are they important? Think about the last time you drove down a dark road with lots of twists and turns in it. When you are driving around a corner late at night, the last thing you want to do is have an accident because you miss something or someone on the road. These headlights make sure that you stay safe no matter the shape of the pavement. They bend around the corner giving you a better view of what is ahead as you complete the turn. The improved visibility gives you a better chance to react to any possible road hazard.
Beyond the cornering features of these lights, you also get an auto-dimming feature. This means you will not blind fellow drivers on a dark road. Rather, the high beam sensors will dim the lights so that you can safely pass one another even on the darkest night. Once you are past the other driver, the lights readjust and brighten once again to ensure you have full visibility.
Changes in the Battery
The electric battery in a hybrid is one of its most important components, especially if you own the plug-in version. A 9.8-kWh battery in the Optima Plug-In means you can go further on electric power before the traditional engine kicks in. You can also toggle between engines in the car allowing you to charge the electric power plant when you are not using it.
These unique features are just a few of the things that make the 2018 Optima Hybrid a great vehicle to own.
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