Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kia Optima PHEV

I want to apologize right off the bat for not getting too excited about the whole plug in electric car thing.  Sure I recognize the need to conserve energy and all that jazz but there are just some things I would not sacrifice to make that happen and most of the vehicles offered are just that, a big sacrifice.  Introducing the Kia Optima PHEV.

Its 154-horsepower 2.0-liter direct injection gas engine is paired with a 67-horsepower electric motor powered by a 9.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. With the electric motor replacing the torque converter in the six-speed automatic gearbox, the system produces 202 horsepower and 276 lb.-ft. of torque at full throttle.

Kia replaced the standard Optima's grill with an active air flap which lowers the car's drag co-efficient (Cd) to 0.25 when closed. With the batteries integrated in the spare wheel well and the capacity of the fuel tank reduced by four gallons, the plug-in offers 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Kia says this car can do "up to 33 miles of pure-electric driving at speeds as high as 75 mph, with 0-60 acceleration in 9.1 seconds in hybrid mode."

Inside, the PHEV is more generously equipped than regular Optima’s. The 8.0-inch touchscreen features Android Auto, Apple Car play and all the extra software you need to improve your hypermiling skills. You also get a 270-degree around-view monitor and a 10-speaker Harman/Hardon stereo with Clari-Fi technology that restores the sound quality of your heavily compressed digital files.

This is one to get excited about.  Come see why at Westside Kia 23005 Katy Freeway Katy, Texas or give us a call at 281-392-5858 today!