2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

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$35,210–$35,210 MSRP range
(4.8) 4 reviews
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Kia Optima Plug‑In Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

  • 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 Plug-In Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2018

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

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best Combined Power, Style & Environmental Impact

by Topher0222 from Doylestown, PA on July 28, 2018

This Plug-in Hybrid has the power when you need it, the amazing MPG when you are driving normally and a ton of style with an amazing technology package. This is the best car that I have ever driven. ... Read full review

(5.0)

This is the second Kia I have owned and I love it!

by Connie from Sacramento on May 16, 2018

Love everything about Kia! I am not sure I will ever leave the Kia family. Roseville Kia went above and beyond to make it work for me! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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