What are the Performance & Efficiency Specs of the 2018 Kia Optima?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Optima, New Vehicles on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at 7:14 pm
Driver's side exterior view f a black 2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima Performance and Efficiency

On a lazy Sunday morning, watching the leaves fall from the trees and gather menacingly on your front lawn, motivation hits.  You look at the leaves that need to be raked and really, really consider putting your jacket on and going outside to rake them, but somehow you get lost in an early morning infomercial that promises to let you “set it and forget it.”  Procrastinating on raking the leaves is natural and absolutely acceptable, but waiting to search for a new car is only going to cause you more headaches in the long run.  Finding a vehicle that fits your daily needs of performance and efficiency can be found with a simple internet search and before you know it you stumble upon the well balanced 2018 Kia Optima.

Performance & Efficiency Specs

The 2018 Kia Optima has three engines available, a 2.4L I4, a 1.6L I4 Turbo and a 2.0L I4 Turbo.  All three of these engines provide the 2018 Kia Optima with a great blend of performance and efficiency.  The 2.4L I4 engine delivers 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, while earning EPA fuel economy estimates of 25 MPG city driving and 36 MPG while on the highway.  When upgrading to the 2018 Kia Optima LX 1.6T you get the more efficient 1.6L Turbo engine that pairs with a 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission to get 28 MPG in the city and 37 MPG cruising the highway.  The 1.6L Turbo engine still delivers impressive performance specs as well, delivering 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.  Finally, the 2018 Kia Optima SX gets equipped with a 2.0L I4 Turbo engine that cranks out 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.  Working with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, the 2.0L Turbo achieves EPA fuel efficiency ratings of 22 MPG through the city and 31 MPG highway driving.  Take the 2018 Kia Optima on a test drive today at Carolina Kia in High Point, NC.

Trim level changes on the Optima for 2018

2018 Kia Optima driver's cockpit

Side view of the 2018 Kia Optima's front seats

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