New 2018 Kia Optima – Release Date and Review

 

The new 2018 Kia Optima offers its buyers a strong value preposition that’s an uphill task to beat considering its impressive feature set. In a nutshell, it does a good job of combining a strong value preposition and a sporty styling. The folowing2018 Kia Optima review is comprehensive and tacks on important aspects about the Kia Optima that we think you’re probably looking for.

2018 Kia Optima Release Date & Price

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While Kia has managed to conceal some important details about the 2018 Optima, our mules have been able to work covertly to unravel some of the mysteries behind the iron curtains. For one, the Optima should be expected to make a debut into the USA market sometime this fall (2016) or early next year, whichever comes first. Pricing, on the other hand, should be expected to start from an MSRP of around $22,000.

Review

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True, the midsize sedan segment offers so many choices that it wouldn’t make sense to name them. Nevertheless, some include the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion – just to mentioned a few of the known nameplates. But even in such a crowded segment, the Optima seems to be a respectable model despite lacking the nameplate-recognition credentials.

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It is only recently that Kia Optima got elevated from the ‘bottomless pit’ of this class to a laudable level in spite of its long-haul stay here in the USA. But in order to become a serious competitor from the bargain basement, there sure is something that Kia did. First, Kia tried to change the brand perception often grouped with the less popular brands by invigorating some of its facets including the interior and exterior designs.

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The exterior however hasn’t deviated much from its immediate predecessor’s. It is longer, taller, and wider, though. Apart from that, it’d probably take a hard and long look to notice any changes. The 2018 Kia Optima interior, on the other hand, has been updated and redesigned, and the efforts Kia has invested admittedly deserve a thumbs up. The infotainment system has been updated and now provides better graphics, is faster, and more responsive.

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On the mechanical front, Kia says it has extensively used high-strength steel for its chassis in particular. This, according to Kia, has enabled the vehicle get an improved structural rigidity, a high-speed stability, and better handling. Performance wise, the available turbocharged 1.6L engine offers a stoking performance yet manages to offer an impressive fuel economy.

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When it comes to worthy competitors, though, the segment isn’t lacking. Some of the available competition include Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and the Mazda 6.

2018 Kia Optima Redesign of Interior & Exterior

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Four trims, as of this writing, are available for the 2018 Kia Optima: EX, LX, SX, and SXL. Exterior Kia Optima colors: Moss Grey, Ebony Black, Titanium Silver, Sangria, Snow White Pearl, Horizon Blue, and Sparkling Silver. It is possible that more colors will be available, but we can’t say much about that before the release date.

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Some of the standard accessories available for the Optima LX include a six-speaker sound system, an auxiliary audio jack, a five-inch central display screen, a six-way power driver seat, full power accessories, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, satellite and HD radio, air-conditioning, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, cruise control, a rearview camera, and a USB port.

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Options include driver memory settings, a blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts, laminated front door windows, an eight-way power driver seat, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, power-folding heated mirrors, and a rearview mirror.

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Opting for the 2018 Kia Optima LX 1.6T offers you a keyless entry and ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, laminated front door windows, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Options include an eight-inch touchscreen interface, two-charge only USB ports, LED taillights, Kia’s Uvo infotainment system, HD radio, rear air-conditioning vents, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

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Specifications

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Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.4 in. (110.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.1 in. (191.1 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.2 in. (73.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 105 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight: 3399 lb
Top Speed: 135 mph
0-60: 7.5 sec
MPG: 24/35 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Ebony Black, Horizon Blue, Moss Grey, Sangria, Snow White Pearl, Sparkling, Silver, Titanium Silver …
Towing Capacity: N/A

2018 Kia Optima Engine Specs

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Three engines are available under the hood of the 2018 Kia Optima: a 2.4L four-cylinder engine good for 185 horsepower and 178 lbs. ft. of torque; a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6L engine available for the LX 1.6T model that cranks out 178 horsepower and 195 pounds-ft. of torque; and lastly, but certainly not the least, is the 245-horsepower-generating 245 horsepower.

Both the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sportwagon models are reviewed separately.

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