I don't know what their reason is. Could be the hybrid sits lower (for gas mileage boost?) so the non-hybrid jack will not fit under it, or the wheel hub bolt pattern is somehow different.Most likely a combination of space and weight savings (for improved fuel economy, granted the resulting improvement is probably miniscule).
I just bought a complete kit for my 2016 EX 17 inch. This car has been just a road car..with me driving it, but as my Michelins are getting a little mileage on them and my wife is driving it more to visit family...I thought this was the time to get it done. Total for the ENTIRE kit was: $217.50 DELIVERED. EBAY rocks! Thanks for bringing this back up.
I have a Optima Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid neither of which have spares. Bought a spare/jack/ancillary parts on e-bay and throw it in the trunk when traveling out of town.
When I had a 2006 Optima EX V6, I bought a bare wheel off of eBay, and then reused a tire when I replaced my four (they still had some tread left, enough for use as a spare). I had to hunt up a jack that would work, and I keep the 12v inflator unit in the trunk too. The full-size spare fits in the well under the trunk floor which I have since my car used a 'space-saver' spare. When I got my 2013 Optima Hybrid I tested, and the wheel rim and tire fit the wheelwells (it was the same size rim and rubber) so I kept it and sold the space-saver that came with the 2006 when I sold that. I just feel more comfortable with the idea of a 'real' tire and rim as a spare, in case I want to drive more than 50mph, or more than 200 miles on it...
This is what I was told when I purchased my car, which came with the spare. The sales guy told me that companies have been cutting back on the spare to improve fuel mileage requirements through weight reduction.Most likely a combination of space and weight savings (for improved fuel economy, granted the resulting improvement is probably miniscule).
There are a bunch of half spare kits on ebay.
Purchased one off ebay for 199.00 fit perfect on the optima ex. Be warned most ship with very little air pressure (safety issue) so air that sucker up to required pressure before putting in trunk.