2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

The Optima’s Cinderella story began in 2011 with an impressive redesign that has signaled a change for Kia as well. The 2018 Kia Optima demonstrates everything that’s good about Kia and poses a serious threat to some of the mainstay sedans on the market.

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Why Buy the 2018 Kia Optima?

Though the Optima hasn’t changed since its last restyle in 2016, the current Optima is still an incredibly stylish midsize sedan. The Optima offers sedan buyers a new look, with an elongated, almost coupe-like vehicle created by a stretched body and rakish roofline. Though some critics might decide they prefer the previous generation, the 2018 Kia Optima is still easily one of the most desirable models in its class.

Kia is continuing to move toward a more luxurious approach to vehicles, and a quick glance at the interior of the latest Optima makes that abundantly clear. The cabin is roomy and well appointed, and the quality of the build and materials is excellent. The sloping roofline does place a slight restriction on rear head room, but certainly not as much as some of its main rivals. The top trim level is awash with sound-deadening materials, but you’ll find every version of the Optima extremely quiet. It’s a bit of a cliché, but when you close the door you get one of those reassuring thuds instead of a clang–it’s just one way that the Optima reassures you that it is a quality vehicle from top to bottom.

Is the Kia Optima a Safe Car?

Many buyers choose a crossover or SUV because they think they’re safer than a sedan. That might be true in some cases, but it’s not true for the Kia Optima. According to the two safety agencies that test all vehicles, the Kia Optima is one of the safest vehicles that you can buy. Last year’s Optima was one of the few vehicles to ace all of the IIHS’s crash tests and since there’s very little different this year, we can expect the 2018 model to retain that coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating.

A rearview camera, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic assist, and rear parking assistance are all standard now, so it’s no surprise the Kia also gets a full five star rating from the NHTSA.

Is the Kia Optima All-Wheel Drive (AWD)?

Right now, Kia’s Dynamax Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is only available in their SUV line.

Is the Kia Optima Good on Gas?

When Kia decided to go with nothing but four-cylinder engines in its midsize sedan, it was something of a trailblazing move. More and more automakers are following that path, as they strive to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.

The engine you’ll find in most Optima models is the 2.4-liter inline-four, which is rated at 24 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. However, the 1.6 is the way to go for the best fuel economy as that unit is rated by the EPA at 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.