This year, 2018 Kia Optima on all models, Blind Spot Detectors with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Parking Assist are now standard, which confirms some of our concerns regarding the continued maintenance of Active Safety features. models except the most expensive.
From the outside, the 2018 Kia Optima incorporates the most recent and best movements in the last decade. Its more curvilinear and curvilinear body begins with its coupe shaped roofline that descends sufficiently to leave enough room for the rear passengers’ heads. The overall proportions are long enough to give 2018 Kia Optima front wheel drive a sportier rear drive profile that the new Kia Stinger (which is actually a rear wheel drive) acquires and improves. Each competitor has adopted similar dimensions, which means that the 2018 Kia Optima is not as revolutionary as before.
Inside, the 2018 Kia Optima pushes the board further forward and towards the corners, improving outdoor visibility. The cab is not as centered on the driver as the last iterations, but the fit and finish compensate for these defects. The details influenced by the luxury of the 2018 Kia Optima represent a significant improvement over the latest generation sedans, which corresponds to the rise of Kia as a high-end brand. We like the interior look, especially at high trim levels, such as the Optima SX. A problem: we would probably eliminate the “Turbo” badges that are on the windows of the front fenders, near the rear doors, in the SX versions. We would like this word to return to its peak in 1985, but for the moment it seems a bit gratuitous.
The 2018 Kia Optima is not considered a sport sedan, but the SX model with turbo engine does not seem to have received the rating. The 245 horsepower turbocharged engine, 6 speed automatic quick change and responsive steering make the Optima SX turbo more agile and fun than many of its competitors. The SX stands out here thanks to a better power steering configuration, a firmer suspension and a set of 18 inch tires. The LX and the EX are more geared towards comfort, which is not really bad. The good news is that superior handling is not at the expense of difficult driving. While we love the abundant power of the turbo, we have to admit that the standard 2.4 liter engine is actually more than enough for most drivers and that the 1.6 liter with its 7 speed dual clutch transmission is a good intermediate step. , although the transmission could use a little refinement.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for an 2018 Kia Optima LX base starts at just under $ 23,400, including a destination fee of $ 895. The new S model adds $ 1,000 and, if you wish, the 1.6 liter turbocharged engine on your LX, will pay just under $ 25,200. The EX models start at around $ 26,500, while the SX with its turbo engine has a cost of about $ 31,400. Start ticking the option boxes and you will get about $ 38,000 for a SX Limited fully loaded with all the accessories. Optima EX Hybrid starts at around $ 32,000, while the Hybrid Plugin starts at just over $ 36,000. In general, 2018 Kia Optima prices are consistent with those of Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and the rest of the mid-size sedan segment.