Kelley Blue Book Value®
$16,467 - $26,897
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 37 HWY
Horsepower
178-245
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$16,467 - $26,897
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 37 HWY
Horsepower
178-245
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.4 Overall Score
Performance 4.4 Comfort 4.2 Styling 4.4 Value 4.3

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Kia Optima is a segment leader in many key areas, running the gamut from affordable family transport to high-performance turbo sports sedan. In addition, two hybrid models, incl...

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2018 Kia Optima Owner Reviews

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The 2018 Kia optima with leather interior & power driver seat is the way to go!

I absolutely love my 2018 Kia optima. I opted for the white exterior with the tan, leather interior. During my hunt for a new car I test drove 3 different makes, but the Kia optima was by far the most comfortable ride as well as the most comfortable to drive. The blind spots are minimal. The adjustable side mirrors and rear view mirror were easily positioned to my liking. I also purchased the model with the power driver seat and I couldn't be more pleased. Being able to adjust the seat just how I like it was a huge factor into purchasing a vehicle. The apple/android connection to the touch screen monitor makes using my device hands free a breeze. I can also listen to whatever music I like. The daily running lights were a plus; it makes me feel safer having lights on at all times. I have never been more satisfied with a car purchase before and this is the 4th car I have owned. I plan on owning this car long enough to teach my toddler how to drive in it.

- Emily W

Economical yet feature loaded.

The 2018 Kia optima is one of the best cars within its category. First, the look of the car is on trend with many pricier cars in its class (BMW, Mercedes, etc.). It is a good looking car. The inside is stacked with awesome features that come standard on this car. The apple car play is awesome, reverse cameras, screen displays, USB port, mp3 jack, and so much more. Look and features 10/10. Biggest drawback for me is the horsepower, not as much go power as I was expecting. But they do have three driving modes sport, regular, and eco. Which is cool, but so far the best mpgs I get is in standard even over eco. But that could be due to my particular driving style. Overall I think it is an excellent car and would definitely recommend the Kia optima for someone looking for high quality, great features, updated look, at an affordable price.

- Chelsea S

Mid-sized sedan with luxury interior.

I love my Kia optima. The seats are very roomy and supportive. The touchscreen is well-made and very user-friendly. My favorite part of my car is the blind spot monitoring. It is an optional feature that you can turn on and off depending on where you drive. The sunroof is enormous and makes you feel like you are not even in a vehicle. The engine is so quiet you cannot hear it running, and it runs so smoothly. I haven't had any problems in my car yet, so I would consider it to be a very reliable vehicle. The backseat is very large and has so much room my six foot tall friend can fit in the backseat without touching her knees or her head to any part of the car. The air conditioner works very quickly, as well as the heat.

- Kirby C

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$16,467 - $18,646
$24,252 - $26,897

Horsepower

Horsepower
178 hp
245 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.6L DOHC I4 GDI
2.0L DOHC I4 GDI Turbo
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
45.5 in.
45.5 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.8 in.
39.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.6 in.
35.6 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.8 in.
37.8 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.9 cu. ft.
15.9 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

Dual Zone

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.4 in.
110.4 in.

Length

Length
191.1 in.
191.1 in.

Width

Width
73.2 in.
73.2 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3224 lbs.
3494 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
178 hp
245 hp

Torque

Torque
195 ft. lbs.
260 ft. lbs.

Turbocharged

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
33 mpg
27 mpg

City

City
28 mpg
22 mpg

Highway

Highway
37 mpg
31 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Auto Leveling Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlights

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety