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Kia Motors America has announced that its midsize fuel-sipping sedan, the 2011 Optima Hybrid, will be priced at $26,500, plus an extra $750 for destination and handling, when it hits U.S. dealers in June. The gas-electric Optima is Kia's first-ever hybrid vehicle.
Like the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the gas-electric Optima uses the automaker's 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine, mated to an electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. This combo is expected to return 35/40 miles per gallon city/highway, just like the Sonata Hybrid.
Though the Optima Hybrid shares most of its mechanical bits with the gas-electric Sonata, its exterior styling and interior design are distinct. The Optima Hybrid comes standard with items like a rear-mounted backup camera, rear spoiler, auto-down front windows, a cooled glovebox, compass and Kia's Uvo infotainment system.
For the sake of comparison in this segment, the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid starts at $28,405 and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which apparently has less standard equipment than the gas-electric Optima, starts at $25,795.
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