Kia Optima Hybrid #Brandcation #PigeonForge

Before Brandcation Blog Cabin I gave you a sneak peek of the Kia Optima Hybrid, now I want to share my thoughts of the car and how it did on our drive to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Performance and Gas Mileage

The car runs great. It has great pick up speed and awesome gas mileage. We averaged about 35 mpg on the highways and only 19 mpg in Pigeon Forge because we were going up and down a mountain every day so that is understandable. My husband loved the gas mileage aspect of the hybrid (he drove it to work one day) and is definitely interested in getting one (this one or another hybrid)…some day, but not unless we can find a used one.

Happy Man.

This photo is the specs I was given about the fuel economy of the Kia Optima Hybrid:

Oh and it handled really well in the rain. I drove into rain on my way to Paula’s.

The interior featured many, if not most of the options available for the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid, inlcuding “Bernice”, Kim from What’s that Smell nicknamed the GPS! Paula (Frosted Fingers) knew how to work the GPS the best since she has used one before. It also had a hands free way to use your cell phone, a built in car charger for your cell phone, plus two additional charge outlets. Perfect for three traveling bloggers!

Lots of cool features on the steering wheel.

Push button start took some getting use to but it was very cool to use.

Front seats with a console in the middle and two built-in cup holders.

Dome lights and sunroof control, of which there were two…gotta see if Kim got any pictures of the sun roofs!

Compass and garage door control located on the rear view mirror.

Stereo, GPS (below too) and gear shift.

Dashboard with tripometer, fuel economy, temperature, etc.

It was a comfortable ride in front and in back. The front seats had heat and cold controls, as well as “prime” position control at least for the driver’s seat.


It’s a slick looking car inside and out.

Compliments of Kim



Storage Space

We were surprised with how much trunk storage space we had for the luggage of three women. Granted we did use half the back seat too but that’s beside the point. ;) I think for a family of 4 or 5 it would be kind of tight to travel in unless everyone packed lightly.

Personally I really liked the Kia Optima Hybrid car. It was better than I expected. For some reason when I have heard or thought of Kia in the past it was in a negative way. This car has completely changed both my husband’s and my opinion of Kia.

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Two bloggers and I were loaned the KIA Optima Hybrid car with the agreement to feature of it on our blogs after Brandcation, this post is done to fulfill that agreement. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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  1. The more I see of this car – the more I like it!! Great review

  2. That’s a sweet ride, and the gas mileage is crazy good! I love the nav system too. :)

  3. HilLesha says:

    That is a fantastic car!

  4. Mellisa says:

    What an awesome car! I love all of the features and it’s even nicer in person.

  5. Louise says:

    That is one of my favorite cars to drive

  6. Colleen says:

    My husband has the push start and he loves it. We will be driving a Sorento, getting it tomorrow.

  7. What an awesome ride. I love the gas mileage and the push button start!

  8. WOW Spectacular I bet that would save me a ton of money in gas

  9. Cindy Orley says:

    This looks like a great car – just love push button start ups too.

  10. Donna says:

    I’ve heard great things about this car… I’d definitely consider it the next time I’m in the market for a new one.

  11. Gorgeous car! And very attractive fuel efficiency!

  12. Billie says:

    Wow, I agree it does look like a slick car. I would need some time to get used to push button start as well.

  13. I had this car for about a week and it was GREAT

  14. Jennifer says:

    great review. This car is gorgeous

  15. Maryann says:

    I love the idea of a hybrid, but with 3 kids I just can’t do such a small car yet. I would love one!

  16. We have owned two Kias, we loved both of them, great review.

  17. Leilani says:

    Great review. My husband and I are looking to purchase a Kia Sorento in the next 2 months.

  18. Stefanie says:

    Love the MPG on Kia.

  19. Courtney says:

    Such a nice car! I can’t wait until my lease is OVER! 2 more years :( then I can get the Kia Sorento!

  20. I test drove this car for one week and I absolutely love it.

  21. Stefani says:

    This is a super cute Kia. I LOVE the gas mileage it can get.

  22. Jenn says:

    Crazy good gas mileage! And don’t you just love the navigation systems in KIA? It’s almost worth buying the whole car just for that. Haha.

  23. Kathleen says:

    Wow! Kia’s have come a long long way since I first started driving one. That car is loaded!

  24. I’ve always wondered about Hybrids cars i never knew much about them . thanks so much for the details

  25. Stefanie says:

    I want a hybrid.

  26. Sheri says:

    I’ve never been inside a KIA. They look like nice cars.

  27. It looks like a really nice car.

  28. I really want our next one to be a Hybrid!

  29. Marcie W. says:

    Gotta love that great gas mileage! We are happy Kia owners!

  30. What an awesome car!! I love having a really good sound system on road trips, and it looks like Kia has you covered!

  31. Billie says:

    Great review, I love how much storage space there is.

  32. Toni says:

    I drove a Ford Flex during Brandcation and LOVED it. I need a new car LOL

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