2018 Kia Optima
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2018 Kia Optima at Sunset Kia

This popular midsize sedan by Kia gives you a confident ride, premium interior, and a focus on intelligent technology, including Blind Spot Detection, Rear Parking Assist System, UVO eServices, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Now standard on every 2018 is Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and Android Auto. Along with their standard features is a new trim model, the Optima S, which is a sport model. This trim features a rear spoiler, a sport front bumper, an optional panoramic sunroof, a 10-way power driver seat, LED fog lights and taillights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. A previous trim, the SXL has been discontinued, but you can still experience the same trim through the SX with Limited package.

Engine Performance

  • 2.4-liter I-4 engine
  • 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

Safety Features

  • Standard blind-spot monitoring
  • Standard rear parking sensors
  • Standard rearview camera

Vehicle Design

  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard automatic headlights
  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels

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What are the trim levels in the Kia Optima?

Standard features with the 2018 Optima models are automatic headlights, a 60/40-split rear seat, height-adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver information display, cruise control, remote locking and unlocking, heated mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Other features standard with the LX trim is Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, a 7-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, Android Auto, HD and satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay. An optional Convenience package is available and gives you a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat and noise-reducing front window glass. The next trim available is the LX 1.6T. This model adds the Convenience package, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The next trim is the S, and this trim combines all of the features of the LX 1.6T with the LX’s engine and transmission. Kia has also added LED taillights, cloth and leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, fog lights, and 17-inch wheels. The S has the option to add the Panoramic Sunroof package, offering gloss black exterior accents and a panoramic sunroof. The Panoramic Sport package adds larger front brakes and 18-inch wheels. EX trim gives you two charge-only rear USB ports, leather upholstery, interior chrome accents, driver-seat memory settings, four-way power lumbar for the driver, heated front seats, rear air vents, dual-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free unlocking trunk, keyless entry and ignition, illuminated door handles, power-folding mirrors and LED daytime running lights. Two packages are given as options with the EX, the Premium package, and the Technology package. The Premium package gives you a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, a 10-way passenger seat, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Technology package adds a lane departure warning system, forward collision with automatic emergency braking, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, adaptive cruise control, an electronic parking brake, larger front brakes, LED fog lights, and a sport body kit. The final trim available is the SX, which includes a larger driver information display, a flat-bottom steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, a sport-tuned suspension, dual exhaust tips, a rear spoiler, LED fog lights, adaptive LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels. The Technology package is also available and includes the EX Technology package features along with automatic high-beam control. Adding the Technology package gives you the option to add the Limited package. The Limited adds a 360-degree parking camera system, rear window sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a premium headliner, and chrome wheels and exterior trim.

What are the standard safety features in the 2018 Optima?

Standard safety features in the Kia Optima include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. More optional safety features include lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking.

What are the engines available with the 2018 Optima?

There are three engine options for the 2018 Optima, starting with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which produces 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission The fuel efficiency for this engine is 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The second engine option is available on the LX 1.6T and is the 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4, which creates 178 hp and 196 lb.ft of torque with a 7-speed dual-clutch. Fuel efficiency for this engine is 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. The final engine is available on the SX and SXL trims and is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 which is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and produces 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency for this engine is 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Kia Optima

The 2018 Kia Optima gives you a safe and confident ride with premium interior and a true focus on technology. Every Optima gives you Apple CarPlay, rear parking sensors, and a 7-inch touchscreen. Along with these standard options, is a number of trim levels that give you plenty of choices when choosing which Kia Optima is right for you. Have more questions? Ask us! We would be happy to answer any that you might have. We would also be happy to have you at our dealership for a test drive, so schedule one today!

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