What’s new for the 2018 Kia Optima?
A new model year means more improvements, more features, and a better all-around vehicle for the Optima. There’s a whole lot more to love about this already very lovable four-door sedan. See what we mean as we explore everything that is new for the 2018 Kia Optima.
Changes to all Optima trim levels
There are a bunch of little changes that apply to specific trim levels, and we will get into those in a minute. First, let’s talk about the big changes that affect every new Optima for 2018. You are sure to be impressed by the value and the functionality.
This year, all Kia Optima trim levels will be getting a standard 7-inch UVO eServices system. This infotainment system will be fully compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Previously this screen was only an option on the LX and LX 1.6T before becoming standard on higher trims.
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On the safety front, the Optima is getting a whole lot of exciting standard safety technology for 2018. Included among this technology are features like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and even a Rear Parking Assist System. Previously these features were only optional unless you opted for the top SX Limited trim.
New trim for the 2018 Optima
The Kia Optima will also receive a new trim level for 2018. This trim will be called the S. It will get the 2.4-liter engine of the LX and offer an available Panoramic Sunroof Package. With the S, you can get the convenience and pleasure of a panoramic sunroof at an even more affordable price.
Improvements to the LX 1.6T trim
To further differentiate the LX from the LX 1.6T, the latter will receive several standard convenience features. A 10-way power driver’s seat, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and laminated front windows are among the improvements.
The LX can receive some of those improvements by opting for the new Convenience Package, which includes everything except the leather steering wheel, and adds auto up/down front windows.
Improvement to the SX trim
Firstly, the SX trim will be absorbing the SX Limited trim, and will instead offer the Limited’s features through a Limited Package that will be available with a lower MSRP. The SX will also add to its standard equipment with features like a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power front passenger’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, LED fog lights, and UVO3.