Kia Optima LX Hybrid  vs Ford Fusion Hybrid 

Kia Optima LX Hybrid

  • $26k
  • 2.4L Hybrid
  • 36 city 40 hwy
That combined with an independent suspension, giving the Optima a quick, nimble feel-even though if handling is one of your top priorities you'd probably be happier with the Fusion, Mazda6, or Altima.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

  • $39k
  • 8 kWh Hybrid
  • 44 city 41 hwy
Instead of running the 156-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four that the old Fusion paired with a 106-hp electric motor, the new Fusion gets a more efficient 2.0-liter, 141-hp Atkinson-cycle four and a 118-hp electric motor.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Optima LX Hybrid vs Energi SE


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Kia Optima LX Hybrid 

RideNerd recommends the Kia Optima LX Hybrid  based on its affordability and air quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Optima LX Hybrid vs Fusion Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kia Optima LX Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Kia Optima LX Hybrid

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Far better EPA smog score 9 vs 7 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Lower MSRP $26k vs $39k Around 35% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $6,624 vs $9,018 More than 25% less expensive per year
Better highway driving range 688 miles vs 574 miles Around 20% further range on the interstate
Car-autoblog-first view of Ford Fusion Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

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Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 10 vs 9 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$25,900 9.8¢/mile Kia Optima LX Hybrid
Ford Fusion Hybrid $38,700 8.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Kia Optima LX Hybrid is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Ford Fusion Hybrid only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Kia Optima LX Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid
Price $5,180 ($25,900) $7,740 ($38,700)
Fuel $1,472 (1,990 gallons) $1,303 (1,761 gallons)
City 36 MPG 44 MPG
Highway 40 MPG 41 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Optima LX Hybrid  vs Fusion Hybrid 

We've driven Fusions with manual and power seats, and found excellent front-seat space and comfort in both, though on the manual seats, there's a little too much front-end tilt to the bottom cushion for our tastes.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

It's essentially a black mesh grille bordered by angular headlights, and the design enhances the car's aggressiveness.
Optima LX Hybrid

The Fusion Hybrid, meanwhile, is among the best we've driven.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE


8.5 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Optima LX Hybrid  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
Brand Kia Ford
Body style
Model year 2013 2013
City range 619 miles 616 miles
Highway range 688 miles 574 miles
MSRP $26k $39k
Annual cost $6,624 $9,018

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.4L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Continuously-variable
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $995
Navigation system N/A Optional, $795
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


Optima LX Hybrid  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
EPA smog score 9 7
EPA GHG score 9 10
Combined CO2/mile 237 g 211 g
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No

power & handling

Max torque 154 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM 129 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 159 HP @ 5,500 RPM 141 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 21.99 lb/hp 27.75 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 feet 37.6 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.18 in Disc 11.89 in Disc
Front wheel width 205 225
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 50

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None MyFord

physical dimensions

Width 72.1 in 72.9 in
Front track width 63 in 62.3 in
Height 57.1 in 58 in
Length 190.7 in 191.8 in
Wheelbase 110 in 112.2 in
Curb weight 3,496 lb 3,913 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 60 ft³ 58 ft³
Rear seat room 42 ft³ 48 ft³
Kia Optima LX Hybrid
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