2018 Kia Optima
The 2018 Kia Optima might be in a segment that’s considered a bit dowdy, but it’s anything but. This mid-size sedan has a svelte exterior style, four powerful powertrains, and a feature-filled interior that is sure to turn heads. For a vehicle that’s great to haul the family around town and is also an impressive commuter car, look no further than the 2018 Optima.
The 2018 Kia Optima is available in five trim levels: LX, LX 1.6T, EX, S, and SX Limited.
If you opt for the Optima Hybrid, you will have the choice of two trim levels: EX and Premium. The Plug-In Hybrid model is only available in an EX trim level.
Powertrain & Performance
There are four engine options to choose from for the 2018 Optima. The first is the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which puts out 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
For the second engine option you will find a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and puts out a bit more power with 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It’s only available on the LX 1.6T trim.
The third engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This is paired with a six-speed automatic and puts out a whopping 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
If you’re looking for something more eco-friendly, then the Optima Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid’s powertrain should be your go-to. They both use the gasoline-powered Optima’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is paired to an Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor and a lithium-polymer batter. It is paired with a six-speed automatic and puts out a total system output of 192 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. It has an EPA-estimated 39 mpg city and 46 mpg highway for the conventional hybrid, and a 103 MPGe in the plug-in hybrid under electric power.*
*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.
Inside the Optima, you will find a smartly designed cabin that is both functional and stylish. It utilizes high-quality materials to give the interior a premium feel, while offering driver-centered controls that help control the climate and radio without needing to take your eyes off the road. There’s also an abundance of space in the Optima, including 16 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. This space drops to 13 cubic feet in the Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid models due to the battery, but this is still plenty of space to bring whatever you might need on your next adventure.
Standard & Available Features
The Kia Optima focuses on offering top-notch value, which is why it comes with a slew of standard features. Every Optima has UVO eServices infotainment system with either a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen display, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration, and Bluetooth®. As you move up the trim levels, you will find available leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a premium 10-speaker Harman Kardon® QuantumLogic™ with Clari-Fi™ audio system, and more.
Other available features include an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen, a Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound System with Clari-Fi™, and driver assistance technologies like Smart Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Assist, and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
Come meet one of the most attractive offerings in the whole car market, even offering advanced Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid options. The 2018 Kia Optima is waiting for you to come take a test drive at Bert Ogden Mission Kia.