2018 Kia Optima Hybrid
The Kia Optima is one sedan that has paved the way for Kia Motors to make alternative fuel vehicles like hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Having done so well as a stand-alone gasoline-powered vehicle, the Kia Optima was the first vehicle by Kia to get both a hybrid variant and a plug-in hybrid variant. Going into the 2018 model year, the Kia Optima Hybrid still as good as ever, offering great options on a total of two affordable trims.
2.0L Full Parallel Hybrid System
Each 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid trim, Premium and EX, are powered by a 2.0-liter I4 full parallel hybrid system. Half of this system is dedicated to a 154hp 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve engine with continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and gasoline direct injection (GDI). The other half is made up of an electric motor powered by a 1.76 kWh lithium polymer battery able to generate 50 horsepower. Together, the hybrid system can deliver 192 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The entire system is paired with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission.
Engineering and Fuel Economy
As noted, the engine portion is optimized with CVVT and GDI. CVVT is a variant of variable valve timing (VVT) technology that alters the opening and closing timing of intake and exhaust valves. GDI is a modern, better way of delivering fuel by injecting highly-pressurized fuel directly into the combustion chamber of an engine via its fuel line. Together, these technologies optimize the hybrid system in the Kia Optima Hybrid, giving both trims a fuel economy of 39 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway.
Being that there are only two trims, many features are shared between the two. Consumers can find the following features standard on the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid: heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, solar control glass, a Smart Welcome and Smart Trunk, automatic on/off headlights, heated rear glass with timer, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Kia Optima Hybrid EX also has the option to opt-in for a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, LED projector beam headlights, and comes standard with sound-absorbing front door windows (optional on the Premium) and 17-inch alloy wheels. Both trims can get a special premium paint job for a little extra.
Unlike the exterior, many interior features are scattered between the two trims of the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid. Standard, consumers will get cloth upholstery, an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Smart key with push-button start and engine immobilizer, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. On the EX trim, consumers can find a rear air condition vent standard (optional on Premium), along with rear side-window sunshades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a 12-way power adjustable drivers seat (optional on Premium), a Driver’s seat memory system (optional on Premium), a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and a heated steering wheel. The following options are open to the Premium only: LED interior lighting, heated front seats and rear seat, and ventilated front seats.
Technology is a little better with sharing, adding UVO eServices with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on both trims, along with Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel-mounted auto and phone controls. The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium comes with a 7-inch touchscreen and a 6-speaker audio system. The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid EX gets an 8-inch touchscreen plus SiriusXM, HD Radio, and a voice-command navigation system, along with a Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound w/ Clari-Fi™ and 10 Speakers.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid comes with dual-stage front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, vehicle stability and traction control systems, anti-lock braking systems, a rear-camera display, LATCH anchor child seat tethers, front and rear crumple zones, electronic brake distribution, and brake assist. Both trims have the option to upgrade for a rear parking assist system, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert systems. Only the EX trim can opt in for advanced smart cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, a forward collision warning system, a lane departure warning system, or an electronic parking brake with auto hold.
All Kia vehicles come with the 10-year or 100,000 mile warranty program which includes: a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000 mile-limited basic warranty and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.