2017 Kia Optima Achieves IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Crash Test Rating

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  1. xcel

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

    [​IMG] Kia’s most stylish Sedan is proven a safety champion.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 18, 2017

    2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX - $31,885 incl. the $895 D&H charge. You must add the EX Tech pkg. ($5,000) consisting of a Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade, Rear Parking Assist (RPAS), Blind-Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Ventilated Front Seats, and Heated Rear Seats to receive the IIHS TSP+ rating.

    2017 Kia Optima Hybrid


    The Optima HEV received the same full redesign as the all-new fourth-generation Optima sedan, bringing with it a new hybrid powertrain.

    The Optima Hybrid uses an atkinsonized 2.0L GDI I4 coupled with a hybrid starter generator and tied to an upgraded, smooth-shifting 6-speed AT. A 38 kW electric motor and clutch replaces the traditional torque converter Total combined output for the Optima Hybrid is estimated at 193 hp when pushed. A new electric water pump and oil pump also improve overall fuel economy.

    A 1.62 kWh Li-Ion fits neatly underneath the trunk floor without encroaching into cargo space. The revised battery configuration results in a larger, more practical load area and allows 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

    The Optima Hybrid features a uniquely engineered body that combines various high-tensile strength steel alloys, creating a stiffer, more durable chassis with more than 50 percent Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) construction. In addition, a significant increase in hot-stamped components and greater use of structural adhesive improves NVH and contributes to structural rigidity. This new body structure helps provide crash protection and better driving dynamics and is the foundation for a quieter ride.

    The Optima Hybrid’s coefficient of drag is just 0.24 Cd thanks to its active grille, front air curtain, a beveled rear bumper, a rear diffuser designed, and an aerodynamic alloy-wheel design. These are complemented by modern LED lighting, satin finish accent trim and special 'EcoHybrid' badging.

    The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is rated at 39/46 mpg city/highway.

    Kia’s 2017 Optima was awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) – the highest rating – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the Optima SX Limited, SX w/ the Tech Pkg., and Optima Hybrid EX with the Tech Pkg. built after March 2017 with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and LED headlights with High Beam Assist (HBA).


    The rating reflects top scores in each of five crashworthiness tests as well as the integration of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) for crash prevention and new headlamp testing standards which were introduced this year. Aside from earning “good” crashworthiness ratings and a superior rating for the optional front-crash prevention system, the 2017 Optima achieved a “good” rating in IIHS headlamp testing.

    To qualify for TSP+, the IIHS testing parameters require each vehicle to earn “good” ratings in five crashworthiness tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and head restraints – as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention and an “acceptable” or “good” rating in headlight testing.

    The 2017 Kia Optima offers a suite of available driver assistance systems such Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS), Front Collision Warning System (FCWS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).
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  2. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Cd 0.24 - That's an insanely good number!
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