2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Ford Fusion

Split screen images of the 2018 Kia Optima and the 2018 Ford Fusion

The midsize sedan segment has a lot of winning models for the 2018 model year including the 2018 Kia Optima and the 2018 Ford Fusion. Both sedans offer updated feature lists, comfortable interiors and active safety that help them compete with models that saw ground-up redesigns this year. With that being said, car shoppers heading to the dealership may find that the fuel economy and base horsepower found in the 2018 Kia Optima helps it edge out the 2018 Ford Fusion. The 2018 Optima also includes some active safety features like blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as standard and Apple CarPlaycompatibility  on all trims that isn’t included at all on the 2018 Ford Fusion.

If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, we suggest the 2018 Kia Optima. Find it available for sale and lease now at Paul Cerame Kia in St. Louis.

2018 Kia Optima


2018 Ford Fusion

$22,600 Starting MSRP $22,120
25/36 Fuel Economy 21/32
185 Base Horsepower 175
15.9 cubic feet Base Cargo Space 16.0 cubic feet

Standard and Available Safety Features

Like we mentioned above, the 2018 Kia Optima offers more standard safety than the 2018 Ford Fusion. All 2018 Optima models will come equipped with automatic headlights, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The 2018 Ford Fusion only offers automatic headlights and a rearview camera as standard.

In terms of the amount and quality of active safety features offered on each model, they are very similar. Ford Fusion shoppers will find blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors available on higher trim levels and/or packages. Both models offer available adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams.

Aside from the standard active safety disparities, the two models also differ in their top-tier safety feature offerings. Car shoppers looking at the 2018 Kia Optima will find a 360-degree surround view camera as standard equipment on the top trim level while car shoppers looking at the 2018 Ford Fusion will find an auto parking feature on the top trim level.

Stop by the Paul Cerame Kia dealership in St. Louis or give us a call to let us know what you are looking for in your next family vehicle. If we don’t have what you are looking for available on the lot, we can start the process of custom ordering your perfect Kia model like the 2018 Kia Optima.