2016 Optima: Hybrid’s design, performance and efficiency
As a carryover from the 2015 model year, the 2016 Optima Hybrid continues to offer all the qualities that consumers love about the third-generation Optima, including its striking European design, abundance of premium features, and exceptional value, all while enhancing fuel economy with a fuel-sipping hybrid powertrain that helps minimize visits to the pump.
Available in two well-appointed trim levels – Hybrid and Hybrid EX – the 2016 Optima Hybrid benefits from a 2.4-liter engine that works in conjunction with a 47-horsepower electric motor to produce a combined 199 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. Supplying the electric motor is a powerful 47 kW lithium polymer battery, while a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission transfers all the power to the Optima Hybrid’s front wheels. While there is plenty of power, it’s also fuel efficient, with the Optima Hybrid has EPA-estimated 36 MPG in the city, 40 MPG on the highway, and 38 MPG combined, with the Hybrid EX has EPA-estimated 35 MPG in the city, 39 MPG on the highway, and 37 MPG combined.
The 2016 Optima Hybrid features unique exterior elements that enhance aerodynamics and help set it apart. The Optima Hybrid has additional vents on the front bumper to increase airflow and reduce drag. Low rolling resistance tires are mounted to 16-inch alloy wheels or super low rolling resistance tires are mounted to 17-inch alloy wheels (depending on trim) to help reduce weight and drag. The front grille is also unique as are Hybrid-exclusive fender badges, and certain components make extensive use of aluminum instead of steel to help offset the weight of the battery.
Both trims are handsomely equipped with premium standard features, but for those seeking more from their Optima Hybrid, both trims are available with packages that up the hybrid’s premium feel. The Hybrid Convenience Package adds a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, UVO eServices with rear-camera display, LED front positioning headlights, and an acoustic laminated windshield and front door windows, which help the cabin stay library-quiet. The Hybrid EX can further be dressed up with the Technology Package, which adds the Panoramic sunroof with gloss black B-pillars, Blind-Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and a Back-up Warning System.
In addition to the Hybrid’s design, performance and efficiency, it comes standard with a variety of safety features. Both trims offer standard driver and passenger advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, four-wheel Antilock Brake System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC).