Kia Optima Hybrid
Kia has always taken the lead in designing and manufacturing world-class hybrid vehicles, and the Optima represents the automaker’s most popular version of the gas-electric powered car. The average price for an Optima runs just over $25,000, which ranks the hybrid near the top of the most affordable hybrid vehicle lists. Kia matches the fuel-efficient dual fuel engine system with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The shifting capability of the Optima gives drivers the flexibility to extract more power from the engine. In 2014, Kia made several changes to the Optima hybrid that catapulted the vehicle near the top of the 10 best cheap hybrid and electric car list. Upgrade front and rear exterior design enhanced the aerodynamics of the hybrid. Kia changed the configuration of the front seats to ensure more passenger comfort. Safety features that already garnered the Kia Optima hybrid several awards expanded, with addition of blind spot monitoring and rear parking sensors.