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2018 KIA Optima Wood River IL

2018 Kia Optima
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2018 Kia Optima at Federico Kia

This is a vehicle built to combine reliability for the everyday commuter as well as refined driving manners, and combine them in a way friendly to all passengers too! The 5-seater 2018 Kia Optima goes into its 3rd model year with some welcome additions and accommodations, plus adds on a whole new model! Kia's well-liked midsize sedan offers smart, world-centric styling, a strong interior, and well-supported handling. There is a new Sport model for the Optima represented by the 'S' model name. Standard driver assistance systems, as well as helpful amenities, appear new-for-2018, for example, all models receive as standard a 7" touchscreen with UVO eServices system that enables Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). There is a Convenience Package for the LX 2.4L that adds a 10-way power driver seat, the LX 1.6L Turbo model acquires a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the SX 2.0L Turbo has a standard panoramic sunroof and fog lights made of LEDs. Between 16- to 18-inch alloy wheels are available depending on trim choice. This is the short list of new stuff for the Optima in 2018, read on to discover more exciting features!

Engine Performance

  • 1.6L turbo I-4 with 178 hp & 195 lb. ft. torque; 7-speed dual-clutch
  • 2.4L I-4 with 185 hp & 178 lb. ft. torque; 6-speed automatic
  • 2.0L turbo I-4: 245 hp & 260 lb. ft. torque; 6-speed automatic

Safety Features

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is standard; all trims
  • ABS, Traction, & Electronic Stability Control is standard; all trims
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) is standard; all trims

Vehicle Design

  • Max Cargo Capacity in Trunk: 15.9 cubic feet
  • Heated and ventilated front seats in SX 2.0L Turbo
  • Single projection headlights in EX 2.4L

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What powers a 2018 KIA Optima?

Every 2.4- and 2.0-liter Optimas arrive with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and the 1.6-liter models have a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Also of note is that the Optima is standard with 3 different drive modes that adjust the weight of the steering and the throttle response (Normal, Sport, & Eco). The front-wheel drive Optima comes standard with a 2.4-liter engine that gets 185 hp & 178 lb. ft. torque and also allows for dual turbocharged engine choices. One of these is the efficient 1.6-liter engine (178 hp & 195 lb. ft. torque) that brings in some power for convenience on the road. The alternate engine to these is the 245 hp & 260 lb. ft. torque generating turbo 2.0-liter engine that deftly incorporates excellent power application from the 6-speed automatic transmission.

What are some of the features of the models?

The trim models with their respective engines are as follows: the LX 2.4L, S 2.4L, LX 1.6T, EX 2.4L, and the SX 2.0T. Some standard and appreciated features would be the 60/40 split-folding rear seat, LATCH hardware for the rear seats, a USB port, satellite radio, 6 speakers (available 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system), power-folding mirrors, and automatic high beams. A proximity key can be selected that opens the trunk automatically if you stand near the back for a few moments with it in your pocket. The new S model makes a good impression with its sport front bumper, leather fittings on the seats, steering wheel & shift knob, plus, a rear spoiler, 17" alloy wheels, LED fog lights & taillights, a 10-way power driver seat, and an optional panoramic sunroof! The Kia Optima LX 2.4 has a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, while the LX 1.6T model also has an augmented 10-way power driver's seat. The Kia Optima EX 2.4 trim gains power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel & front seats, LED daytime running lights and taillights, 2-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, and a push-button start. Moving across to the Kia Optima SX 2.0T will bring in a panoramic sunroof with power shade, red brake calipers, ventilated black leather & red-stitched sport seats, and Dynamic Bending Light headlights!

Is safety a highlight of the 2018 Optima?

It sure is, right along with spaciousness for passengers. the 2018 Optima received an overall 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it uses 4-Wheel ABS, Brake Assist, auto-leveling headlights, a Rollover Protection System, an Emergency Trunk Release, Child Safety Locks, as well as an array of well-placed airbag systems. There are standard UVO eServices, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS) across all trim levels! Also optional for select models (EX 2.4, SX 2.0T) are a surround-view camera, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collison Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and adaptive Smart Cruise Control.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Kia Optima

This is a well-rounded car that over-achieves in every area it needs to, such as passenger/driver comfort, safety, reliable-yet-powerful drivetrains, and fuel economy. The Sport model adds a little more pep for your money, and there are some that will appreciate that, even though the car is mainly for them a family affair. It packs in more valuable features than its rivals in the segment, especially in the tech and safety facets, and certainly looks modern and stylish going down the road. With 39.8 inches of front head room but also 37.8 inches of headroom for rear passengers, the 2018 Kia Optima is a contender for most comfortable, not to mention that it has a smooth-riding independent suspension on the front and rear that only adds to that fact. Come check into this car with us here at Federico Kia today, you will be glad you did!

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