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The 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Is so Much More Than a Hybrid

Consumers are generally wary of hybrid vehicles, and for a relatively good reason. Customers still seem to be apprehensive about the infrastructure of electric vehicles, which is no surprise. Some say this because they suggest they lack style and are very uncomfortable. Sure, this might be true about some brands, but one vehicle is looking to shake up the segment: the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid.

Yes, the vehicle promises electric capabilities, but the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is so much more than an electric ride. Rather, Kia engineers have found a way to make the vehicle stylish, comfortable, enjoyable, and safe. Good luck finding all of these attributes included in any of the other electric cars that are currently on the market.

Below, we explored why the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is so much more than just a hybrid!

Interior

While much of the focus on the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid will surround the vehicle’s electric capabilities, customers should know how innovative the car’s interior is. Kia has found a way to provide drivers with one of the most modern and comfortable vehicles in the industry. This means you can expect an optimal driving experience during all of your impending journeys.

It starts with the brand’s eight-inch touchscreen, which provides quick and easy access to a long list of useful applications (including an intuitive and trustworthy navigation program). Plus, thanks to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, drivers can always stay on the grid. This system allows you to access many of your smartphone’s most basic functions. To top it off, Kia engineers added in their beloved Harman Kardon QuantumLogic sound system, with Clari-Fi technology. You can expect an incredible listening experience via the ten speakers and 630 watts.

Of course, the interior provides a whole lot more than technology. The Integrated Memory System will adapt the seat and mirror positions to provide you with your preferred vantage point of the road. While the Thin-Film-Transistor means you won’t have to squint to see important vehicle information. The Push Button Start and the Electronic Parking Brake provide optimal convenience, and the UVO link application means you can constantly stay connected to your vehicle at all times via the smartphone application.

Clearly, the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid isn’t all about the engine. The vehicle’s interior provides plenty of amenities that will improve any of your daily commutes.

The black leather front interior of a 2020 Kia Optima is shown with a touchscreen.

Engine

Two is better than one, right? If you opt for the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid, you’ll be able to rely on a pair of powertrains during your journey. Thanks to the plug-in capabilities, you also won’t only get twice the power; but, you’ll also be getting incredible efficiency specs.

Between the electric battery and the 2.0-liter Gasoline Direct Injection engine, drivers can expect a combined powertrain power output that’s pushing 202 horsepower. 67 horsepower via the electric motor, 154 horsepower via the traditional engine and 276 pound-feet of torque with 151 pound-feet of torque via the electric motor, and 140 pound-feet of torque via the traditional engine. Customers seem to have some preconceived notion that hybrid vehicles aren’t all that powerful. Sure, the individual electric engine may be a bit underwhelming, but when you pair it with a respectable motor, you can still an anticipate impressive power output.

However, the most significant appeal of a hybrid vehicle is the incredible driving range, and the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid more-than-delivers in that regard. The electric engine promises a 101 miles-per-gallon-of-gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), a number that would be practically unprecedented if it was included in a traditional engine. Of course, the vehicle’s standard motor is also plenty efficient, promising a 40-mile-per-gallon efficiency on the highway. When all is said and done, drivers should be able to anticipate an overall driving range that’s approaching 630 miles! We’re betting you’ve never had a vehicle that’s this efficient, right?

Are you nervous about your ability to keep your electric vehicle fully charged? You shouldn’t be, as Kia has made it incredibly easy for owners to keep their car juiced at all times. For instance, the home charging units are backed up the Amazon Happiness Guarantee, meaning you can expect always to be satisfied with your purchase. The accompanying Level 1 charger can rely on the same wall outlet that you’ve always used. While the Level 2 charger will fully juice the battery in less than three hours. Further, there are now more than 40,000 of those Level 2 charging docks found throughout the country, meaning you’ll never be far from some much-needed energy.

Safety

Considering the innovative construction of the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid shows that the vehicle is also equipped with a long list of safety technologies. These systems will primarily prevent accidents from even occurring, meaning you’ll always be in the best of hands.

For instance, the Blind-Spot Collision Warning system will let you know when an object has suddenly appeared outside your field of view, while the accompanying Lane Change Assist lets you know when a vehicle’s approaching on the side. The Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance helps reduce any accidents, as the system will alert the driver of any impending danger if a crash appears to be imminent. This system allows the vehicle to apply the brakes to lessen the impending impact. The car even includes a Smart Cruise Control system, meaning you can give your foot a brief rest without completely compromising safety.

There are even safety functions that will prove to be valuable on the highway, meaning you can protect the exterior aesthetics of your new ride. Specifically, the Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning will alert the driver when someone is about to drive behind your Kia, thus preventing any accidental fender benders.

Of course, if you do find yourself in an accident, then the 2020 Kia Optima will keep you protected. The Iso-Structure is composed of 53% high-strength steel, and this should play a role in reducing any injuries. The vehicle also includes a reliable airbag system, which will also play a major role in preventing any accidents.

A blue and grey 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrids are charging while next to the ocean.

Exterior

Speaking of protecting the exterior of your new ride, engineers did an admirable job of making the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid one of the most stylish vehicles on the road. The exterior aesthetics are sure to impress, and many of the inclusions also play a functional role in your vehicle’s drivability.

For instance, the vehicle’s tiger-nose grille and streamlined back bumper are undeniably flashy, while also play a role in boosting the overall aerodynamics of the car. This helps with impact performance and efficiency, as well. Speaking of aerodynamics, the sleek lines and the innovative active air-flap will help assure that you’re getting the most out of your ride.

Engineers even included LED lighting, which will surely command the attention of your fellow drivers. Best of all, these inclusions will also assure that you’re receiving top visibility on those darker nights. We all know that those darker nights can be difficult when you’re rolling with the standard headlights.

Clearly, the 2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is so much more than a hybrid. Of course, you don’t have to take our word. Simply head into a Kia dealership and check out the car for yourself.

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