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June 4, 2018 by Anne Kelley

Kia Optima Types

There are three different Kia Optima models. There is the basic Optima, the Optima Hybrid, and also the Optima Plug-In. There are different trim packages for each of these vehicles. The basic Optima has six different trim levels starting with the LX and ending with the SX.

Get Familiar with Kia Optima Types

2018 Kia Optima LX – MSRP $22,600
185 HP @ 6,000 RPM

2018 Kia Optima LX

2018 Kia Optima S – MSRP $23,600
185 HP @ 6,000 RPM

2018 Kia Optima Sport

2018 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo – MSRP $24,400
178 HP @ 5,500 RPM

2018 Kia Optima LXT


2018 Kia Optima EX – MSRP $25,700
185 HP @ 6,000 RPM

2018 Kia Optima EX

2018 Kia Optima SX – MSRP $30,600
245 HP @ 6,000 RPM

2018 Kia Optima SX


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Kia Optima Turbo

Kia also offers two different Turbo options on the basic Optima. We offer the 1.6 L Turbocharged and also the 2.0 L Turbocharged. The Optima Hybrid has two different packages. They include the premium package and the EX package. Lastly, Kia offers an Optima Plug-In Hybrid that only comes with the EX package.

Kia Optima Features

Some of the great features Kia offers on the optima and other models is the UVO system which allows you to sync up your phone with the car. This is compatible with both Apple and Android. Read more about the amazing UVO technology here

Every trim package on the 2018 Optima comes with Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane-Change assist. The Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS) is awesome especially when parking on a hill.

2018 Kia Optima Features blind spot

The EX and SX package includes the Smart Key with the Push-Button Start and Immobilizer, as well as some other cool features including; overhead LED lights and Advanced Smart Cruise Control.

2018 Kia Optima Features-Push Start


Kia Optima and Gas Mileage

The mileage on the different packages vary but are fairly close. The LX package gets around 25 miles to the gallon in the city, 36 on the highway, and about 29 combined. The Sport (or S) package gets 24 in the city, 34 on the highway, and 28 miles combined. The LX 1.6T package gets the best mileage of all the packages. It gets 28 in the city, 37 on the highway, and 31 miles combined. The EX package gets 24 miles to the gallon in the city, 34 on the highway, and 28 combined. Lastly, the SX package gets 22 in the city, 31 on the highway, and 25 combined.

Kia Optima Models with Sunroofs

Kia not only offers a sunroof but a panoramic sunroof on some of the packages. On the LX and the LX 1.6T, they are not included and are not an option. However, on the EX and S package, it is optional to have this luxury. On the SX package, it does come standard on all of them. Having the panoramic sunroof allows the whole roof to have the capability of being opened. With the sunroof you do not have to open the whole thing, you can open only the front part or just tilt the sunroof to bring in the fresh air. Having this as an option on most of the Optimas really makes them look more stylish and luxurious.


2018 Kia Optima Sunroof

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To look at the different packages, as well as the different interior and exterior options:

Download the 2018 Kia Optima Brochure

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