Arriving as an all-new model for 2016, the Kia Optima made a huge leap forward from its previous iteration. Although its styling hasn’t changed dramatically, this handsome sedan is now loaded with the most advanced technology. The redesigned Optima also boasts an overhauled interior as well as a new turbocharged engine. As for the 2018 Kia Optima, expect it to receive a number of enhancements. Apart from adopting a couple of new exterior colors, the upcoming model will feature an extended list of standard amenities. Interestingly, an all-new Kia GT Stinger is also due to make its debut for the 2018 model year. This rear-wheel drive sports sedan actually represents the company’s first attempt to offer a premium model in this class.
2018 Kia Optima Redesign
Much like its predecessor, the new Optima boasts a sharp and modern exterior styling. Even though it came with mostly evolutionary changes, the redesigned model still offers plenty of fresh styling cues. Some of the features that make it stand out include a coupe-like roofline and sporty proportions. In terms of exterior design, this midsize sedan is currently one of the most appealing options.
Now, the inside of the 2018 Kia Optima will be even more impressive. The latest redesign brought a much cleaner design of the dashboard and instrument panel. The cabin benefits greatly from improved materials and numerous soft-touch surfaces. Even tall passengers can expect ample headroom and legroom in the back seat. The base Optima LX comes with a Driver Mode Select system that offers Normal, Sport and Eco modes. Other standard features include a 5-inch LCD screen with a rearview camera, Bluetooth and USB ports. Upper trims will get you advanced safety features such as blind-spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.
2018 Optima Specs
There will be no dramatic changes when it comes to the 2018 Kia Optima’s mechanical department. The base Optima LX and midgrade EX models will use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that gives 185 horsepower. This engine will be mated with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. A 1.6-liter turbocharged four-banger will power the recently introduced Eco model. This unit will generate 178 horsepower paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The SX and SX-L trims will be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 245 ponies. The most powerful engine will use a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
Pricing and Competition
The 2018 Kia Optima is expected to start at around $23,000 for the entry-level LX model. Of course, it will once again compete with some of the best-known names of the automotive industry. Its key rivals will come in the form of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.