The 2011 Kia Optima Sedan Hybrid has the same features as the Optima EX and only offers one option, the premium package. The engine is a 2.XL four-cylinder engine and in hybrid form the engine offers 168 horsepower at 6,600 RPM and 154 lb-ft at 4,250 RPM. The clutch packs lets drivers operate the Optima under electric-only, gasoline-only, or both. The basic features of the standard trim are 16-inch wheels, power accessories, air conditioning, satellite radio, USB input, and CD/MP3 player. The hybrid also has cloth upholstery instead of the leather upholstery that is present on the EX version of the Sedan. Selecting the Premium package will give consumers a large screen navigation system and the eight speaker Infinity audio system. The package also includes a panoramic sunroof, backup camera, HID headlamps, power passenger seat, 17-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, auto dimming rear view mirror, heated steering wheel, and more stylish trims. However, the premium feature eliminates the UVO system that is on the standard version of the vehicle.
The Kia Optima Sedan Hybrid is loaded with standard features that aid in comfort and usability. Standard features include air-conditioned glove box, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio and phone controls, iPod/USB integration, touch screen radio, fog lamps, dual-zone climate control, power mirrors, trip computer, and power seats. The Optima Sedan Hybrid also comes with the UVO infotainment system produced by Microsoft. The UVO infotainment system is similar to the Ford's well-known SYNC system and the UVO is a worthy competitor to the synch system. However, the SYNC is finer tuned than the UVO system and the voice command is more accurate on the SYNC. However, the UVO will aid drivers in hands-free interaction and is one of the superior standard features included in the Hybrid model.
The 2011 Kia Optima Sedan hybrid has an abundance of safety features and ranks high on government tests for safety. Standard safety features include dual front seat mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, which contains six standard airbags that are part of Optima's advanced supplement restraint system. The system monitors the severity of an impact and other factors to control airbag inflation accordingly. Furthermore, there is an impact absorbing steering column on every Optima. There are front seat-belt pretensioners that tighten seat belts in the event of certain collisions. The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Optima 5 out of 5 stars for front and side impact protection. In keeping with the Optima's goal of being family friendly, there are latches for children seats.