2018 Kia Optima vs 2017 Kia Optima

Split screen images of the 2018 Kia Optima and the 2017 Kia Optima

Looking for a new car? If you are on a Kia dealership lot, you are already headed in the right direction. Budget-friendly starting price tags and one of the best warranties in the business mean that you can feel confident that you are getting the most bang for your buck with a Kia vehicle. Plus, you will never have to sacrifice on amenities with tons of standard features on all base models. But, which Kia model is right for you? Kia shoppers looking for a sedan with the right mix of family-friendly space, available features, and stylish design should check out the Kia Optima. Read our 2018 Kia Optima vs 2017 Kia Optima comparison to see how Kia has updated the new model.

The largest difference in the two models are the standard features of the base model. The 2018 Kia Optima will come equipped with a center touchscreen, blind spot monitor, and Apple CarPlay for just a $300 bump in the starting MSRP.

2018 Kia Optima


2017 Kia Optima

$22,500 Starting MSRP $22,200
25/36 Fuel Economy 25/36
2.4-liter four-cylinder engine Base Engine 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine
15.9 cubic feet Cargo Space 15.9 cubic feet

2018 Kia Optima Trim Levels and Features

For the 2018 model year, the Kia Optima will have a few less options for trim levels and add-on packages. However, this is a good thing because Kia has included many of these standalone amenities in the five available trim levels making the buying process a lot smoother and less confusing. The base LX trim comes equipped with an impressive list of standard features considering the base price including automatic headlights, HD radio, a rearview camera, Bluetooth compatibility, and rear parking sensors along with the Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitor, and touchscreen mentioned above. The LX 1.6T trim adds an updated engine and the S trim is a performance-focused variant of the base LX trim. The EX trim adds even more creature comforts and the lineup is topped by the SX trim that offers all of the modern amenities a car lover could want like LED lights, wheel-mounted paddle shifters, keyless entry and ignition, a hands-free trunk, a moonroof, and more.

Stop by the Paul Cerame Kia dealership in St. Louis MO to check out the 2018 Kia Optima in person today. For more information on the new model, fill out the form on this page by clicking the information button below.