Since its inception, the Kia Optima has always been a great value. However, the newest model takes things a few steps further with its upscale cabin and driver amenities. New standard features, competitive pricing, and a solid warranty put the 2018 Kia Optima near the top of its class.



What's New

Buyers almost needed a GPS or a compass to navigate last year's trim packages but, fortunately, Kia has simplified its selections for 2018. The base model's price has scarcely changed, but it now has rear parking sensors, a touchscreen, and blind-spot monitoring as standard equipment. Even the top-of-the-line SX model has a few upgrades, such as ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof. There's a new, sporty S trim between the LX and EX, and while the SXL has been discontinued, shoppers can get the same experience by adding the Limited package to the SX. We recommend the 2018 Kia Optima near Albuquerque for anyone who

wants a roomy, affordable family car with good looks and a long list of features.


The Best Values in the Kia Optima Line

Three of the 2018 Optima's five trim levels stand out as exceptional values. The LX model has many of the most desirable features, including safety aids, a touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The EX isn't much more expensive and, with it, buyers get leather seating, dual climate controls, keyless entry, and a few other upgrades. Kia dealers near Albuquerque often recommend the SX model because of its stout turbocharged engine and modest price increase over the EX Premium.


Features and Trim Levels

As mentioned earlier, Kia has simplified the feature and trim list, which makes it easier for customers to find the perfect model. The base model or LX is full of amenities that were mere options on the previous year's Optima. The LX 1.6T (turbo) adds a few more features, but some buyers may find it hard to deal with the unique engine and transmission combo. The S is a sportier version of the Optima LX, while the EX is chock-full of luxury features. All models are close in pricing with the SX being a bit more costly, but its extra features and turbo powerplant are compelling.



The 1.6L and 2.0L turbo engines and transmissions are responsive during acceleration and driving even at low speeds. While the brakes may be touchy at times, handling is good for the segment. The 2018 Kia Optima near Albuquerque is surprisingly competent in the corners and, while the narrow tires may make a little noise, the car remains predictable and composed.


Creature Comforts

In the lowest XL trim, the 2018 Kia Optima near Albuquerque provides a good level of comfort, and higher trims benefit from amenities like ventilated and heated seats. Long road trips shouldn't be an issue for most passengers thanks to the smooth ride and roomy seats. The 1.6L is quiet on the highway, road noise isn't intrusive, and wind noise is hardly noticeable. Overall, the climate control system's performance is sufficient.


On the Inside

While the interior of the 2018 Optima isn't very exciting, it's smartly designed with a focus on function. The availability of features and the quality of materials can make a buyer feel as if they're getting more for their money. The Optima gets extra points for the logical placement of its physical buttons. Important controls are exactly where they should be, and there is no guesswork involved. The tall door openings allow passengers to get in and out easily, but the doors are short enough to work well in small parking spaces.



The Optima's cargo capacity is near the top of the class. The vehicle's trunk is quite expansive, and the wide opening and tall roof make for a low loading height. The deck lid opens automatically after several seconds if the driver has the key, and there's plenty of interior storage to go around. Every door has its own cup holder and tray beneath the grab handle, and there's a bin under the center stack and the middle armrest.


Child Safety Seat Installation

To make it easy to install safety seats, the Optima has four LATCH anchors under the rear seat cushions. Simply push the cushion aside, fold down the plastic cover, and it's ready to use.



The eight-inch touchscreen on the Kia Optima is attractive and bright, with a readable font and useful physical buttons. The smartphone interface takes some getting used to, as does the navigation system, but it's great once the buyer gets acquainted. The Optima's UVO system is a snap to use, and its layout is highly logical. The six-speaker audio system is adequate, but the optional Harman/Kardon system is a notable addition to higher trim levels.

The Kia Optima has always been a wonderful value, and this year's model is no exception. Call one of our Kia dealerships in Albuquerque to learn about it, go online to see the full inventory, or stop by for a test drive.  

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