Posts Tagged ‘fuel economy’

Going Green with Help from Kia Motors

Friday, July 7th, 2017
Miami Lakes Going Green Kia Motors

Miami Lakes Going Green Kia Motors

When going green for your next car, take a look at Kia Motors. They have many hybrid and electric vehicles, and more are on the way. No other automotive company has expanded their lineup with green cars as much as Kia Motors, unless they’re purely a hybrid and/or EV automaker. Kia has the Kia Optima in three different variations, the Kia Soul as an electric vehicle, the recent Kia Niro hybrid crossover, and the Kia Stonic is due by the year’s end. There are many choices, but how do you know which one to pick?

The Kia Optima – Gas, EV, and PHEV

Let’s look at the Kia Optima, the first of the bunch. The Kia Optima lineup has three gasoline-powered engine options of varying power. The smallest engine option is a 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine with a turbocharger that generates 178-horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Turbocharged, it has a little more bang, and with the implementation of a double overhead camshaft (DOHC), there is less stress on the engine, leading to a commendable fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The strongest engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC I4, generating 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine helps the Optima achieve a fuel economy of 22/32 mpg city/highway.

Gasoline cars are pretty easy to take care of. There’s a gas station every mile or so on the road as long as you’re not on the interstate, so filling up is easy. However, as with all cars, a gasoline car has long-term expenses. Most consumers will be looking at a cost between $1,000 and $2,000 a year for fuel.

The Kia Optima Hybrid is surprisingly strong. The Optima Hybrid has a 2.0-liter engine with gasoline direct injection and continuously variable valve timing technology. Made with an I4 Full Parallel Hybrid System, the hybrid has been optimized as much as possible for the best performance. It can generate up to 193 horsepower, and gets 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. That’s a 10 percent increase from a year ago, and Kia will continue to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicles going forward.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Gets 10% Fuel Economy Increase

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Fuel Efficiency

Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Fuel Efficiency

Fuel economy is one of the largest issues auto manufacturers are dealing with today. Fuel emission standards change, customers want to go further with less fill-ups, and if we can reduce our carbon footprint, all the better. That’s one of the reasons hybrids popped up, and PHEVs and EVs are becoming a big deal. So when Kia released the Kia Optima Hybrid, that got a lot of people’s attention.

This year, the 2017 Kia Optima Hyrbid was unveiled, and it has been completely redesigned. For three generations, the Kia Optima has been powered by internal combustion engines ranging from 1.6-liters to 2.4-liters, with possibly the best fuel economy in the lineup at 28/39 mpg city/highway. The Optima Hybrid is powered by a 2.0 hybrid system and has an EPA-rated fuel economy of 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. That’s nearly a 30 percent increase in the city and almost 20 percent on the highway.

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