2019 Kia OptimaConcept Simply when it seems the automotive trade has lost its manner with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a simple car emerges. For over 50 years, this automobile has been the 2019 Kia OptimaConcept.
Typically derided by enthusiasts as appliances, the no-frills commuter car will get the overwhelming majority of shoppers the place they want to go within the manner they wish to get there, safely and at a value. The 2019 Kia OptimaConcept does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive trade has gotten a bit of nuts: the common transaction worth for a new car is more than $37,000, in line with Kelley Blue Guide. Easy guilty the automakers in this era of no accountability however we’re those paying these large costs for big vehicles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For just under $23,000, the 2019 Kia OptimaConcept puts every dollar to purposeful use.
Despite the fact that it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Kia OptimaConcept blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball recreation. On closer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too exhausting to be different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is more streamlined and fewer angry, and the entire look is smoother front to again. However still, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Kia OptimaConcept in the US is constructed on Toyota’s 20 years of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Complete output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system makes use of exhaust heat to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats faster, too, which may very well be important for cold-weather customers cautious of the cold vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical automobile.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much because the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a stunning bit of pop. Extra importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, similar as hybrid variations of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids and not using a plug, the 2019 Kia OptimaConcept trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round city, with the electronically managed brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Kia OptimaConcept averaged more than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps conserve power underneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there may be sufficient cost in the battery.
The battery is positioned below the rear seat, so you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a good load flooring. Rear seat room is sufficient sufficient to fit two teenagers, and overall it felt roomy enough for a household of 4.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes commonplace with Toyota Security Sense 2.zero, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works both at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter traffic from 24 mph all the way down to a cease. It additionally comes with the eight-inch touch display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to remain competitive.
Priced at solely $three,000 more than the 2019 Kia OptimaConcept and $1,200 lower than a equally outfitted Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Kia OptimaConcept is the superbly practical, remarkably reasonable around-town automobile.
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