*Disclosure: The vehicle was provided to me for testing purposes and editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own*
Hey Sassy Peeps!
A few weeks ago, I finally got an opportunity to get my hands on a Hybrid Plug-In. After testing out a full-fledged Electric vehicle and a Hybrid I was determined to get behind the wheel of a Plug-In and guess who came through for me…Yep, my friends over at Kia.
As always, I am super stoked about all of my upcoming test drives, but I was even more stoked that it was the Kia Optima 2017 Hybrid Plug-In. The cool thing about this vehicle is that it gives you the ability to drive short distances (29 miles) on pure electric power. Once you reach the end of the end of the 29 miles, like clock-work it switches to typical hybrid mode. That alone is totally cool, and is perfect for anyone looking to minimize reliance on gas, but the thing that really impressed me was when it switched I didn’t feel a thing.
Like any other vehicle arrival day, I took a look at the fact sheet and then I went for a spin. However, this day was a little different, while on the road, I kept glancing down to see how many miles I had driven. When I realized I went a few miles over the 29th mile I found myself feeling a little confused, as well as a little impressed. Why? Well, because I was waiting on some sort of sign that it switched over, but that day never came. The vehicle didn’t stall, there was no beep, no bell, no horn, no nothing. Once I got myself together, the only thing that came to mind was “impressive!”
Keep reading to see what other things impressed me about the PHEV (Plug=In Hybrid Electric Vehicle)…….
Harman/Kardon Audio System
As you guys probably know, I am a Harman/Kardon lovers. So any Kia post that I write wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t rave over this EXTRAORDINARY sound system. As I have stated previously, there are tons of major audio systems on the market, but the ONE system that can actually keep me listening to a song that I claim to not like is the Harman/Kardon®! It is MAJOR! It is EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING!
This vehicle is shockingly advanced. Kia took the intelligent combination of an electric motor and a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine and added the power to go all-electric. With an EPA-est. 103 MPGe and 40 MPG, the 2017 Optima Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) proves that fuel efficiency and convenience can go hand in hand.
I had the vehicle for a few weeks and I was well into the second week before having to gas up. Which I loved because is saves me time and money, and again, when the vehicle switches from All Electric Range to the GDI you don’t feel a thing. Everything happens nice, smooth and natural.
Two Ways to Charge
You can power up from virtually anywhere. The Level 1 (120v) charger uses the same wall outlet as your home appliances and is ideal for overnight charging. The Level 2 (240v) charger, available at public stations and for home installation, offers a full charge in less than three hours. And with Kia’s UVO eco App, you can use your compatible smartphone to control charge settings remotely.
User-Friendly Technology – Charging Stations
I love that if you are ever in need of a charging station the vehicle has the ability to easily locate one in your area. Also, if for whatever reason you can’t get to this screen, you can go to https://www.plugshare.com/# type in the city of choice and all available locations will appear. Note: I used my home PC for this article, but you can do the same from your phone.
User-Friendly & Convenient Equipment
The vehicle comes equipped with a tire mobility kit and also a Level 1 (120v) charger. Each one has its own padded black bag and storage space in the trunk. What I loved most is that both bags has Velcro on the bottom to keep the equipment secure.
Note: The charger is easy to use and super easy to put back in the bag. I hate it when you take equipment out the a bag and have a hard time putting it back.
This Plug-in Hybrid comes equipped with 2.0L Gas Direct Injection, a full Parallel Hybrid System, 202 hp, 276 lb-ft (Combined) and 29 Mile All Electric Range, Charge-On-The-Go, 103 MPGe and 40 MPG (Annual Fuel Cost $750.00.
- Harman/Kardon® Premium Surround Sound with 630 Watts and 10 Speakers
- Extremely spacious and comfortable cabin space
- Public charging very accessible.
- UVO eServices with 8″ Touch-Screen Display, Voice-Command Navigation System.
- Named a 5 best plug-in Hybrid Car under $40,000 by Kelley Blue Books KBB.com
- The Optima Plug-In Hybrid is eligible for a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) decal in CA and other select states. So, you can use HOV lanes even when you’re driving solo. CA residents can learn more here . For other states, please consult your local government agency.
NEED A LITTLE FIX!
- The trunk space is limited. However, this is because of the configuration of the EV system. It is the trade off – less space but more efficient. I am sure the automakers are in the lab trying to figure things out, and I am sure they will in time. 🙂
Plug-Ins compared to the Kia Optima 2017 Hybrid: Hyundai Sonata plug-in, 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid and 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid.
The All-New Kia Optima 2017 Hybrid Plug-In comes in one trim level: EX and the starting MSRP price: $35,210.00, price tested: $41,355.00.
Sassy Peeps! In my opinion, this Kia Optima 2017 Plug-in is simply amazing! What is your take on it? Inquiring minds want to know!
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