2018 Kia Optima

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2018 Kia Optima
2018 Kia Optima

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Overall cabin materials
  • Roomy interior
  • 360-degree camera system available
  • Drivetrain choices

The bad:

  • Interior design has large, blank spaces
  • Interior materials disappoint in a few instances
  • Performance with 1.6-liter engine

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Kia Optima trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system now standard
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay now standard
  • Blind spot warning now standard
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Turbo four-cylinder engines available
  • Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions available

2018 Kia Optima review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Kia Optima is a mid-size sedan that competes with such cars as the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. In addition to a conventional gas-powered version, the Optima is also offered in hybrid and plug-in hybrid form.

A 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is now standard. New standard safety features include blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. A Convenience Package for the base LX trim includes a 10-way power driver's seat, laminated front-door glass and auto up/down front windows.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


More than meets my expectations for safety

I like it. It has a number of safety features as well a great radio with car play, panoramic glass roof, heated and cooled seats and good gas mileage


Feel comfortable and classy while saving on gas

This car meets all of my needs. Good fuel economy. Comfortable interior. Attractive exterior. All the tech and gadgets the average Joe could need. Rides smooth. Handles well. It's not super powerful, but not bad. I don't have to floor it or anythinf to get it going. Kick it into sport mode, and it's fun to drive!


This is the best car I have ever owned.

This car does everything well. Reliable, great looking, fun to drive. My next car will be the Kia stinger. That is an Optima, only better.

See all 324 consumer reviews


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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