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Are you a die-hard hybrid car owner? In the market for a new car? Want to do your part to help the environment? Or are you simply just interested in learning about new environmentally friendly products on the market? This post covers it all. Kia has a great new product on the market, their Kia Optima Hybrid. The Hybrid offers great benefits to both the environment and the consumer. Not only do hybrid cars save the buyer a bundle on gasoline but generally speaking the hybrid cars produce 80% less harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases which means less airborne pollutants, and a cleaner earth.

The Kia Optima Hybrid is no exception to that rule. According to Kia their Optima Hybrid gets up to 40MPG on the highway and uses a full parallel hybrid system that can be driven in zero emission, full-electric drive mode at speeds up to 62 miles per hour or in blended gas-electric mode at any speed. When the car comes to a stop and the electrical load is low, the engine shuts off to completely eliminate idle fuel consumption and emissions. If you would like to learn more about hybrids check out and Kia’s Hybrid Myth Busters Facebook application to challenges your knowledge about hybrid myths.

The Optima Hybrid is the first Kia vehicle to offer the company’s proprietary UVO powered by Microsoft® hands-free, voice-activated infotainment and communications system which is paired with the AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system and features a rear-view camera, SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service6, auxiliary and USB audio input jacks for connecting with MP3 players7 and Bluetooth®8 wireless technology connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls. Based on Windows Embedded Auto Software, UVO is an easy-to-use hands-free solution that allows drivers and passengers to answer and place phone calls, receive and respond to SMS text messages, access music from a variety of media sources and create custom music experiences. Check out to learn more about the design, technology and value of the 2011 Optima Hybrid.

This vehicle gives consumers a change to drive an affordable (starting at $26,500), attractive, decked out, environmentally friendly vehicle. While I feel a little guilty writing this post because I don’t drive a hybrid I have in fact owned a Kia Optima. While my Kia did not have all of the bells and whistles that the Hybrid has it was a comfortable, affordable, safe ride and I would recommend it to others.

What I loved about my Kia was that it was safe and had a great warranty. Like all Kia’s, including the Hyrbid they are equipped with a high level of standard safety features, including six airbags11 (dual advanced front and front-seat mounted side as well as full-length side curtain), front active headrests, side-impact door beams, height-adjustable front seat belts with per-tensioners, three-point seat-belts for all seating positions, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ), a Traction Control System (TCS), a Brake Assist System (BAS) and Hill Assist Control (HAC) also are standard. Like my Kia the 2011 Optima Hybrid is covered by KMA’s warranty program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in this program are a 10-year/100,000-mile limited power train warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan also is part of the vehicle coverage.

There are so many other great options available on the new Kia but if I kept going my post would be page after page so you will have to check the video out and tell us what you think.

To top it all of Kia is offering a die-hard Hybrid driver an opportunity to win $100 gift card. For all the Hybrid drivers that want to earn a little spending money all you have to do is watch the video, spread the word about Kia Optima Hybrid and tell us what you would give up for a week instead of the lose of your car. Example: I love my Hybrid so much that I would give up chocolate for a week. We will run the promotion for 2 weeks and notify the happy winner, see official rules. Happy Driving!

Leave your comment by October 16, 2011 and one lucky winner will randomly be drawn to win the $100 Gift Card!



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Haley is an avid fitness guru, mother, police officer and officer of the court. Haley and her family are working to go green with the help of her sister, Green and Clean Mom.