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Several months ago I was at a stop light when this incredibly attractive car pulled up next to me. Without being able to see what type of car it was I made a foolish assumption that the car was a Mercedes. After the light turned green I watched as the car passed me and to my amazement I realized it was a Kia Optima Hybrid. I couldn’t believe how stylish and luxurious the Optima Hybrid has become.

Just recently I had the opportunity to drive the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid EX and it was everything I had ever imagined and more. In all honesty I didn’t want to give the car back. Who would with its stylish looks, incredible gas mileage and oh that spaciousness — I’ll get to that in a bit. Even the rims have style.

This was my first time ever driving a hybrid and I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was by far the most comfortable and quiet car I have ever driven— seriously, you couldn’t even hear the car turn on. I always assumed a hybrid car lacked power and by the quietness of the engine my assumptions only got stronger, but boy was I wrong. The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid had more power than most crossovers I have driven — Not bad for a car that offers almost twice as much MPG.

Gas mileage is very important to me, especially as a busy mom. I am notorious for driving over 200+ miles a week (yes, a week). I really put the Optima Hybrid to the test the week I drove it as I added over 230 miles and never had to fill up the gas tank once! The Kia Optima Hybrid gets 35 city and 39 highway, but I swear I got more than that.

Being that this is a hybrid, not only are you getting better gas mileage than most cars on the road but you taking a step to be more eco-friendly and helping our environment. By being able to switch from a gas powered motor over to an electric battery makes it possible for you to use less gas while cutting down on the harmful exhaust.

In the Optima Hybrid there are several ways to checkout your ecoDynamics. By simply pushing the hybrid button over by the dashboard you have the ability to check out your fuel economy, energy flow and more. One of my favorite options is the energy flow feature. While on this feature you can see what is powering your car, if it is the motor or the battery, you can also see when the motor is recharging the battery.

I explained it more in detail in my video as well as some of my other favorite features I will be going over.

I have never heard in eight years of being with my husband his excitement over leg room in any car we have ever driven or owned. As I mentioned he is tall and can never put the driver seat far enough back when the kids are in the car. This is always a problem for us on long drives because after an hour of his legs being crammed, they start to get uncomfortable and hurt. So when he sat in the driver’s seat of the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid his eyes lit up as I told him he could keep pushing his seat back. Not only was he able to move his seat exactly where he wanted it to be, but not once was it in the way of my son and his infamous “car kicks.” You know what I am talking about, for some reason my toddler thinks kicking his feet while in the car is fun, especially when he kicks the back of your seat.

While you may lose some trunk space in the hybrid, don’t let that discourage you. The trunk is still very spacious and we never had a problem putting in our lightweight stroller and piling in our groceries from shopping. In fact, I am pretty sure I could have added my son’s baseball bag and more if I needed to. The only downfall to having a trunk in a car versus cargo area in a crossover or SUV is not being able to put in larger items like a snowboard, ski’s, bike and more. Kia knows this and added a super cool feature to their car. If you need to bring ski’s to the mountain or maybe you just purchased a new broom, instead of having to borrow a truck from someone, you can now load it up in your Optima Hybrid. In the back seat, behind the middle seat, is a secret entrance to the trunk where longer items like ski’s and brooms can stick out from. See image below.

I can confidently recommend this car to anyone. My family and I loved the Kia Optima Hybrid. Not only is it stylish, comfortable and gets amazing gas mileage, but we felt completely safe in it. Safety is the most important thing to me, especially now that I have a family. There are many safety features in the Optima and you can view them all by visiting the safety section on their website.

The Kia Optima Hybrid starts at $25,900. Visit www.kia.com to learn more.

Huge thank you to Kia Motors for letting me review the Optima Hybrid. All opinions are my own.