06/26/17 ID: 12674

The 2018 Kia Optima, built at Kia’s U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia*, enters its third model year as a carryover with minor enhancements.  Kia’s popular midsize sedan offers European styling, a refined premium interior and confident ride and handling.  The 2018 model focuses on intelligent technology to deliver a host of comprehensive driver assistance systems and convenience features including standard UVO eServices, Blind Spot Detection (BSD),1 Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)1 and Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS)1 across all trim levels. There is a new Optima S trim, a sport model which includes a sport front bumper, rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights and taillights, 10-way power driver seat and an optional panoramic sunroof.

Trim Levels/Pricing2 – MSRP: (excludes $895 destination)
LX 2.4L $22,600
S 2.4L $23,600
LX 1.6T $24,400
EX 2.4L $25,700
SX 2.0T $30,600
  • 2.4-liter I-4:  
185 hp and 178 lb. ft. torque; 6-speed automatic
  • 1.6-liter turbo I-4:
178 hp and 195 lb. ft. torque; 7-speed dual-clutch
  • 2.0-liter turbo I-4:
245 hp and 260 lb. ft. torque; 6-speed automatic
Fuel Economy – EPA-est. MPG: (city/highway/combined)3
  • LX 2.4L:
25/36/29 FWD
  • S 2.4L:
24/34/28 FWD
  • LX 1.6T:
28/37/31 FWD
  • EX 2.4:
24/34/28 FWD
  • SX 2.0T
22/31/25 FWD
Available Driver Assistance Features:1
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking:
    • Opt: EX 2.4, SX 2.0T
  • Forward Collison Warning: 
Opt: EX 2.4, SX 2.0T
  • Lane Departure Warning: 
    • Opt: EX 2.4, SX 2.0T 
  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control:   
    • Opt: EX 2.4, SX 2.0T 
  • Blind Spot Detection: 
    • Std: All Trims
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert: 
    • Std: All Trims
  • Rear Parking Assist System
    • Std: All Trims
Dimensions: (inches)
  • Overall Length:
  • Overall Width:
  • Overall Height:
  • Wheelbase:
  • Max Cargo Capacity (trunk space):
15.9 cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: (maximum pounds)
    • LX 2.4L:
3,219 FWD
    • S 2.4L:
3,362 FWD
    • LX 1.6T:
3,224 FWD
    • EX 2.4:
3,362 FWD
    • SX 2.0T:
3,594 FWD


* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

1 These systems are not substitutes for proper and safe driving, parking, and/or backing-up procedures. Always drive safely and use caution. These systems may not detect every object behind or alongside the vehicle or in the vehicle’s blindspot or direction of travel.

2 MSRP excludes destination and handling, taxes, title, license fees, options and retailer charges.  Actual prices set by retailer and may vary.

3 Based on EPA estimates.  Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.