The 2018 Kia Optima was introduced for the first time in the market five years ago, in the year 2010…
The car has been serving users world over with its gorgeous looks and excellent market value. Unlike other vehicles in its segment it comes a whole lot cheaper for the number of equipment and features which are installed inside the car.
The same can be expected from the 2018 model. The images which are available shows that the vehicle comes with a sporty look but not very aggressive. However, some of you might be not impressed with the kind of plastic which is used inside the cabin. Otherwise it is a very decent vehicle to own and drive. Some of the competitors of the new Kia Optima 2018 include Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Elantra, and Chevy Malibu.
2018 Kia Optima review
The car maker has not really altered or touched much of the exteriors. The front grille and rear side are almost the same. Standard wheels are 18-inch ally while higher models are equipped with chromed wheels. The side view of the vehicle is just fantastic. Probably you can expect the vehicle to be released in a few new colors. The new Optima might come in several variants namely LX, LX Turbo, EX, SX and SXL. It is said that the new Optima will come with a slightly wider wheelbase and 100 lbs lesser weight.
What about safety?
If new Optima comes with Technology package, which means that it will be equipped with LED dual-projection headlights. For improved safety, headlamps will be equipped with Dynamic Bending Light and High-Beam Assist systems. Safety of the vehicle will be improved with implementation of Advanced Driver Assisted System. This system includes some features, such as Forward Collision Warning System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, High-Beam Assist, Electronic Parking Brake and Lane Departure Warning System.
What will be the 2018 Kia Optima interior like?
The interiors are really loaded and depending on the model you choose the equipment list varies. The model SXL has a premium sound system, autonomous emergency braking, 360-degree view camera, LED lights, automatic dynamic headlights, heated front and rear seats, 12-way power adjustable seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and others.
The GT variant will come with special badges, 19-inch rims of sporty design, turbocharged engine, etc. Few of the standard features of the vehicle include keyless entry, Bluetooth, reversing camera, 3D navigation, leather upholstery, rear cross traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, High Def touch screen, push button start / stop, and others.
New Kia Optima 2018 specs – it will offer 3 engines!
Out of the 3 existing motors the car maker will continue with its standard lineup. Base engine for LX and EX models will be naturally aspirated 2.4 liter 4-cylinder GDI with 185 BHP and 178 lb/ft of torque. LX Turbo trim will be equipped with 1.6-liter inline-4 with turbocharger. This engine delivers 178 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque. SX and SXL models will be powered by the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo that comes with 245 BHP and 260 lb-ft of torque.[table "” not found /]
What mpg rate will have new Kia sedan?
All 2018 Optima models with 2.4L and 2.0L engine wil come equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while 1.6-liter Turbo will be paired with 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission. Fuel economy for naturally aspirated 2.4L engine will be around 25 mpg in the city while on the highway it will be 36 mpg, which is standard for its class. Turbo models are better when we speak about power – fuel economy ratio. With 1.6L engine under the hood, Optima`s fuel economy will be rated around 28 / 37 mpg and 22 /31 mpg (city / hwy) for 2.0L Turbo.
2018 Kia Optima price, release date
The carmaker might release the new 2018 Kia Optima during the summer of 2017. It will be priced around the $22,000 for base LX model with 2.4L engine, while EX model with same engine will be priced around $25,500. When it comes to turbocharged models, Optima powered by 1.6L Turbo should be priced around $24,000. SX model will cost just under $30,000 while for SXL trim you will have to pay much more – around $36,000. Our opinion is that the South Korean manufacturer will offer car with great quality / price ratio.