2018 Kia Optima Review

As you’ll see in this 2018 Kia Optima review, this midsize sedan offers dynamic performance and modern technology, making for a truly exciting driving experience around the greater Cleveland area.

If you’re considering the Optima for your commutes around Lorain and Sheffield Lake, our team has highlighted some key features to look for during your test drive.

2018 Kia Optima Engine Specs

Drivers of the Kia Optima have the choice between three very different 16-valve I-4 engines, each offering their own unique perks.

The standard engine is a great go-to for a healthy balance of power and efficiency. The 2.4L engine generates 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, while managing an EPA-estimate fuel economy of 24-25 mpg in the city and 34-36 mpg on the highway.1

If you prefer to maximize efficiency, the available 1.6L engine may be the way to go. This turbocharged engine generates 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine will get you the furthest between fill-ups with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.1

If you really want a power boost, however, go for the 2.0L turbocharged engine. This mighty engine will get you 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque while still managing an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway fuel economy.1

Each engine comes with either a 6-speed automatic transmission or an available 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for smooth shifting and a clean acceleration.

Driving Experience

As you hit the road in your Kia Optima, you’ll find several accoutrements that add to the fun-to-drive experience of piloting this sedan.

This includes standard Drive Mode Select, which allows you to optimize performance between three settings: Normal, Eco and Sport.

If you hate stopping for frequent fill-ups, the standard Active Eco System will please by proactively monitoring your engine, transmission and A/C systems to optimize fuel economy.

And, if you want to feel truly track-ready, the standard Sportmatic® Sports Shifter gives you the control of a manual transmission with the protection of an automatic.

All of this comes standard on every Optima, which you can operate while cranking up the tunes through the UVO infotainment suite. This suite offers hands-free, voice-activated connectivity to music, texting, phone calls and many other favorite smartphone apps.

Kia Optima Standard Safety Technology

While navigating the city or cruising down the highway, you’ll feel safe knowing that several smart safety features come standard with the Optima.

These include features to help you merge on the highway, like Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist. The systems monitor your side blind spots for other vehicles or quickly-approaching vehicles in your intended lane of travel and provide audible alerts.

If you’re in reverse, Rear Parking Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert will monitor your rear blind spots for other vehicles and warn you if you’re backing too close to another object.

Take a Test Drive at Montrose Kia

While our 2018 Kia Optima car review is thorough, nothing beats sitting in the driver’s seat yourself. If you want to try out this midsize sedan, contact us at Montrose Kia and we’ll get you behind the wheel and out and about in the greater Cleveland area.

If you’re in the Sheffield Lake or Lorain areas, contact us to schedule your test drive of the 2018 Kia Optima today.


1EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.