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2018 Kia Optima


City 22 - 28 MPG Hwy 31 - 37 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    5 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

Consumer Reviews Write a Review

Overall Rating:
4.9 (out of 5)
Value 4.8
Exterior 4.9
Interior 4.8
Comfort 4.9
Performance 4.8
Reliability 4.8
Just financed my car

by Ashley from Litchfield, NH | May 26, 2020

I went in looking for something completely different but I seen this car and I loved it, the look/ style, it’s got space and overall how it drives it’s by far the best car I’ve ever owned!

Worst electronics ever! Overall' Sportage is ok.

by bdcros from Los Angeles,Ca | May 22, 2020

Kia's electronics division what were you thinking? Key fob,buttons not recessed. You put them in your pocket or purse. Smallest bump and doors lock, or sets off "panic" alarm, or unlocks car, etc. Horn wimpy and stupid. Cruise control, all time worst. Let's make it very difficult with lots of buttons. Computer screen same thing, why over think it Korean design nerds. Phone syncing to dash/stereo/phone? Forget about it! Car is also overall frustratingly smaller than CRV.

proud owner.

by happy customer from virginia beach,va | May 13, 2020

this vehicle meets all my requirements and needs. Very comfortable with plenty of leg room. I test drove other models and always came back to the kia optima.

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2018 Kia Optima Overview


The 2018 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan that competes with the Ford Fusion, Mazda6, Toyota Camry, and Honda Accord. This year, the Optima gains more standard safety features. Its trim level offerings have also been revised.

Five trims are now available: the LX, S, LX Turbo, EX, and SX Turbo.

Overall, the Optima has unconventional, yet sportier styling than its competitors. Its aggressive headlights align with the honeycomb grille, which create a ridged, yet unified shape. The base LX and LX Turbo trims feature a smiley frontend, while the S, EX, and SX trims have a more aggressive lower fascia with front LED fog lights. LEDs for the headlights, daytime running lights, and tail lights are also optional. Aside from the front fender garnishes, the body is smooth without much sculpted molding. The rear also looks athletic with its diffuser-style lower fascia. Power side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a remote opening/closing fuel door, and 16-inch alloy wheels come standard. Other available features include heated side mirrors, a panoramic moonroof, a dual-pipe exhaust system, and larger 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood
The LX, S, and EX models use the same base 185-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the SX Turbo features a more powerful 247-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. A 6-speed automatic is the only transmission option for both of these engines. The LX Turbo comes with a 178-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder option that is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. This option gets the best EPA-estimated rating of 28/39 mpg city/highway.

The Optima’s interior has an upscale feel much like the Cadenza and K900 sedans. Now standard is the UVO infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB port. It can be upgraded with a larger 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, voice command recognition, dual USB ports, and a Harmon Kardon premium audio system. Standard features include power doors/locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Also available are premium leather or leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.


Standard safety features now include a backup camera, rear parking sensors, and blindspot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. An Around-View Monitor is available, which displays a top-down view of the Optima using four cameras mounted around the vehicle. Other optional features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.