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2018 Kia Optima Review

Thanks to roomy interior seating, strong performance, and a long list of standard safety and tech features, the 2018 Kia Optima is a sedan any driver looking for their next car should think about. With the Optima, you can take on the roads of Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny in style.

The team at Kia of Des Moines has put together this comprehensive review of the 2018 Optima, packed with information about this vehicle’s cabin, fuel efficiency, and a whole lot more.

Interior Comfort

The Optima comfortably seats five passengers, and the front seats in particular are spacious. With 39.8 in. of front headroom and 45.5 in. of front legroom, the Optima lets you stretch out for a relaxing and easy drive no matter how much time you’re spending in the car. If you are heading over state lines or even across the country, the Kia Optima is the perfect car to take with you.

With 15.9 cu. ft. of space in the trunk, this sporty sedan has plenty of space for your belongings, whether you’re making a short trip to the store or need space on moving day. There’s enough room for multiple carry-on suitcases even with five people in the car at once. Want to make your ride even more comfortable? Upgrade to heated leather seating on higher trim levels, perfect for cold mornings or chilly nights.

2018 Kia Optima: Performance

The base engine in the Kia Optima is a 2.4L engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, capable of providing 185 horsepower, perfect for daily driving and necessary errands. Two turbocharged engines are available as well, with the 1.6L engine providing better acceleration than the base engine. The top-level engine, the turbocharged 2.0L, provides 245 horsepower and is perfect for drivers who do a lot of highway driving.

The base edition of the Optima gets an EPA-estimated 25 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway1, while the turbocharged 1.6L engine offers 28 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. Needless to say, the fuel-conscious Optima is a great choice for drivers looking to make fewer trips to the gas station.

Safety and Tech Features

Feel safe inside the Optima, which achieved the highest safety score possible from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. The convenience of Blind Spot Detection also comes standard on the Optima. When it comes to locating other cars you might not be able to see at first glance, this assistance lets you know what’s going on around the vehicle.

Back inside the cabin, the Optima offers a 7-inch touchscreen along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology standard. Easily link your smartphone to the system and access apps, music, and navigation right on the touchscreen.

We’ll See You on the Showroom Floor

At Kia of Des Moines, it’s our goal to help you find a vehicle you’ll love to drive. The 2018 Kia Optima, with a long list of convenient standard features, comfortable interior, and dependable performance, is a standout sedan worth considering.

Ready to travel around Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ankeny in your next vehicle? Stop by our showroom today or contact us today!

1. EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.


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