CleanMPG Reviews the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. landongolf

    landongolf Active Member

    Wayne, I pulled the trigger today and bought the kia Optima Hybrid fully loaded, I think I got a great deal on a super car. I can't thank you enough and the other members of the forum for all their help in selecting the best car for me. I would send you a picture of the car but I can't figure out how to attach it? I hoping some day you will tell me the advance techiques to save gas in the city....Again, thank you so much.
    What do you think of getting an extended warrantee. The normal one runs out after 5/60,000, I could have it extended, full warrantee to 10/100000 for 1400, do you think it is worth the extra cost? Thanks Jack
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jack:

    Cool!

    To upload pics, click on the gallery link and on the right side, click upload. You have a number of choices on where to place it but the default will upload it for all to see. After the upload is complete, you can link it back to this thread by copying the and posting it here.

    Regarding the extended, I tend to think of those as profit centers but it is completely up to you for Peace of mind if you want it or not.

    What did you end up paying and what color did you get?

    We have a little event drive with the Kia Optima Hybrid in the works that might interest you and if you are nearby, we will make sure we stop to say hello! If it is near a nightly stop, maybe we can perform a clinic if there is time.

    Wayne
     
  3. sidewinder

    sidewinder Member

    Thanks for following up with him. There have been a couple more new CEL posts and one guy has had his in the dealer four times now for it. The evap leak is what dealers seem to be seeing but apparently there is no fix for the check engine light coming on...
    Now I am really curious if new owners of Optima hybrids will be seeing this problem.
     
  4. landongolf

    landongolf Active Member

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    Wayne here is my 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid in Light Graphite, it has a blueish tint to it.
    I got a great deal on the car, I paid 29,367, which includes freight and processing fee. The only fees not included are state taxes and tags. It is a fully loaded EX.

    I would love to hook up with you when you are near the d.c area, It would be a pleasure to meet you and learn ways to save gas.
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jack:

    Great pic and I love the color! And almost $3K off retail too! That was a great deal for a fully loaded Mid-sized sedan with all the bells and whistles :)

    I have never seen HID’s on a Kia before so the next time you light them up for some night driving, let me know how they work if you would please? I wish the base had those to reduce electricity consumption at night.

    Wayne
     
  6. koptima

    koptima New Member

    So I picked up the Hybrid Optima this weekend and really love it so far. If feels like I'm driving a hybrid ES350, at a much discounted price. I'm still not really understanding the Instant Fuel and Average fuel gauges though. When I'm on the highway, there are times when the Instant Fuel gauge is peg at 50 (max) for a minute or so, but the average fuel gauge keeps dropping during that time about 0.1 every 10 seconds. How can this be?
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Koptima:

    Cool, that is two excellent fuel savers amongst the sea of FSP's that could have been purchased. Thank you too! Or should I say Thank you two :)

    The iFCD does not match up with reality although I have the sneaky suspicion that the Kia/Sonata Hybrid engineers thought of the iFCD like this. Since you will be getting 50 mpg on a Li-Po P&G cycle, the iFCD should read 50 mpg as that is what you will be receiving for a single cycle. It does not make any sense and I am quite sure they knew how to create an iFCD for ICE-On time but with the ICE-Off automatically, it is the only explanation I can think of. Read both the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid write-up and this one including the vid linked a few pages back I put together as I mentioned it in all three.

    Wayne
     
  8. landongolf

    landongolf Active Member

    Wayne hear is a picture of the rear lights of the Hybrid, Hope this helps, Jack
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  9. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    landon: HIDs was referring to the headlights. It would be nice to see their beam pattern on a blank wall or garage door.
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jack:

    Just like Rich was saying, the HID’s your Hybrid tech package includes is really neat and maybe the following pic will describe exactly what you have in your hands :)

    2010 Toyota Prius’

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    2010 Prius package V with HID’s vs. 2010 Prius package III with standard Halogens.

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    HID Beam Pattern on the Garage door right – Halogen on the garage door left.​

    If I had my choice between HID’s and Halogen’s, it would always be HID’s. A brighter, more natural white light that makes it easier to see at night and it consumes < ½ the power that projector beam halogens do.

    Wayne
     
  11. koptima

    koptima New Member

    Thanks wayne. Also missing from the gauge is a simple MPG per trip A/B and MPG for lifetime of the car. Hopefully these will be additions in some firmware updates in the future.
     
  12. landongolf

    landongolf Active Member

    Wanye, a couple of questions when you get a chance or any other member that cares to respond.

    How long does it usually take for a new car to break in and beforeyou are getting the best mileage?

    If you use the AC, its been averaging 95 over the last month, roughly how many MPG are you losing?

    Do you recommend using the synthetic oil every 5-7,000 miles or a regular oil change every 3500?

    If my car recommends 34 pounds PSI, what would you recommend to get the best gas mileage and be safe? How will the higher PSI affect the ride?

    Do you have a video on on Youtube showing Hypermiling techniques? Thanks so much, Jack
     
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jack:

    While more miles is always better, I have driven cars with < 500-miles on them and they have proven themselves to be very fuel efficient. The driver becoming aware of his vehicles capability is far more of a detriment to great mileage than break in imho. I have seen a nice jump at the first oil change so I like to have my first complete at < 3K miles and then go extended after that.

    Set A/C to 74 to 78 degrees and enjoy the drive. Just be light on the pedal and anticipate the action ahead instead of reacting to it. I only saw a 3% hit with A/C on in the Optima Hybrid and while significant, in 95 degree temps, it is darn near mandatory.

    Lightest weight Mobil1 Synthetic recommended for the Optima Hybrid at 7,500 miles and no less.

    I would run Max sidewall. No safety concerns and longer tire wear.

    Still working on a Kia Optima Hybrid 48-Contiguous State FE WR drive and maybe we'll be coming close to you for a short clinic?

    Wayne
     
  14. landongolf

    landongolf Active Member

    Thanks Wayne, looking forward to meeting you, Jack:)
     
  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Kia released that they will for the first time be selling a Kia Optima Hybrid overseas. New is the fact it is equipped with an Atkinsoned 2.0L! While we are still waiting for the 2013 Optima Hybrid "updates" and there are two very interesting ones, I added the speed vs. FE graph above...

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    Wayne
     
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    While not much of a story as the outlet is a small one, last week the Kia Optima was named ‘International Car of the Year’. I wonder if we created the title of “Best Car in the Universe” it would make similar headlines ;)

    A week ago at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Kia’s 2013 Optima was named the “International Car of the Year” by Road & Travel Magazine. The Optima’s stunning design combined with modern amenities and impressive value propelled the mid-size sedan to becoming the top-selling Kia vehicle in 2012.

    Michael Sprague, Executive VP of Marketing and Communications:
    Road & Travel Magazine gives ten ICOTY awards to new or existing model year vehicles with significant and/or impressive improvements. These awards are based on the emotional connection between the consumer and vehicle. The winners are chosen by the ICOTY jury, which consists of nationally renowned automotive journalists from respected publications such as MSN Autos, Car and Driver and Consumer Guide Automotive.

    According to the editor, the Kia Optima rose to the top of the list as the most emotionally compelling vehicle with a sleek design and advanced features.

    Wayne
     

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