The 2018 Kia Optima was the one who revolutionized the mid-size sedan segment back in 2011 along with it’s mechanical twin Hyundai Sonata with such as sale success with this generation Optima, Kia decided to keep the same recipe for this 2018 model redesigned of having awesome styling a long warranty and the most important of all a great value. So keep with us because we will check out the new 2018 Kia Optima down below.


With this generation Optima Kia has decided to go with a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” kind of mentality. It is very hard to tell the difference in styling between the 2018 model and the last generation Optima. But the minor differences are starting with a new headlights with LED daytime running lights and with two HID projectors in them. Also the slightly restyled Kia’s tiger front grill which is very sleek looking. At the rear it have LED taillights and a single chrome exhaust and rear refloctors.


The biggest improvement made to the Optima interior is certainly made it it’s build quality, thist time it feels much tore solid and very well constructed and it doesn’t feel cheap any more. They also improved a little bit the materials too. Everywhere is a soft touch material with a nice stitching. The seats are greatly improved in this generation Optima, they are not firm, tie support is greatly improved too. As far as the tech goes it have: dual zone climate, heated steering wheel, touchscreen with a infotainment system integrated with Android auto and Apple car play.


The base one that is powering the 2018 Kia Optima is a 2.4-Liter four-cylinder with direct-injection and it does produce 185 horsepower at 6.000 rpm and 178 pound feet of torque at 4.000 rpm. There is a availability of a 2.0-Liter turbo four-cylinder, or a 1.6-Liter turbo four-cylinder. All engine are mated with a 6-speed or with a 7-speed automatic gearbox powering the front wheels. EPA estimates are an OK 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. However a redesigned Optima hybrid is expected later in 2017. Top speed is 153 mph and from 0-60 in 6.8 sec.

2018 Kia Optima Price

The price of the 2018 Kia Optima Engine is starting at $22,500 and it can go up to $36,740. It is ranked third in the sedan segment. Main competitors are: Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda Mazda 6, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata.