Go on an Epic Road Trip This Summer in the 2018 Kia Optima!

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Optima, Kia Optima Hybrid, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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2018 Kia Optima Gas Tank Size and Fuel Range

Often when a vehicle is attempting to make a case for its efficiency, it relies on talking about the fuel economy. This number is helpful as it tells you how many miles you’re going to be getting for every gallon.

For instance, the 2018 Kia Forte gets up to 32 combined MPG, while the 2018 Ram 2500 Crew Cab gets about 14 miles per gallon. Assuming gas prices are $3.00 a gallon, a 50-mile drive costs the Forte about $4.70. It costs the Ram almost $11.00. Those are two very different vehicles, but it still illustrates why fuel economy is an important consideration for many budget-minded shoppers.

On the other hand, fuel range may be just as important. After all, if you’re planning to do a road trip, you don’t want to be stopping every two-hundred miles to fill up. Not only does that waste time that can be spent at your destination, but it can burn even more fuel getting off the highway to find a station.

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For that reason, cruising range is another important figure. This number tells you just how far you can go on average before having to stop and fill up. Even if you’re following solid automotive advice by not letting it get close to empty, you’ll still have a longer time between ½- or ¾-tank fill-ups in a vehicle with a longer range.

Luckily, the 2018 Kia Optima has one of the best fuel ranges on the market.

2018 Kia Optima Gas Tank Size

When calculating fuel range, the two variables to consider are fuel economy and gas tank size. The Kia Optima gives you a better-than-average experience on both, making it a delightful road trip companion that won’t be complaining about being thirsty every 100 miles.

2018 Kia Optima gas tank size – 18.5 gallons

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid gas tank size – 15.9 gallons

2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid gas tank size – 14.5 gallons

As you can see, the 2018 Kia Optima has a robust 18.5-gallon tank that rivals some small size pickup trucks for capacity. With its fuel economy also, it delivers. Let’s look at how the two combine to give us a solid fuel range number.

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2018 Kia Optima

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2018 Kia Optima Hybrid

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2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)

2018 Kia Optima Fuel Range – Standard, Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid

With the Optima’s focus on versatility and driver configuration, it varies model to model. Here’s how it breaks down. Also, please note that the following ratings are based on EPA-estimated figures and not to be used for any reason other than comparison.

2018 Kia Optima gas range

2018 Kia Optima LX – 29 combined MPG x 18.5-gallon tank = 536.5 miles

2018 Kia Optima S – 28 combined MPG x 18.5-gallon tank = 518 miles

2018 Kia Optima LX 1.6T – 31 combined MPG x 18.5-gallon tank = 573.5 miles

2018 Kia Optima EX – 28 combined MPG x 18.5-gallon tank = 518 miles

2018 Kia Optima SX Turbo – 25 combined MPG x 18.5-gallon tank = 462.5 miles

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid gas range

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Premium – 42 combined MPG x 15.9-gallon tank = 667.8 miles

2018 Kia Optima Hybrid EX – 42 combined MPG x 15.9-gallon tank = 667.8 miles

2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid gas range

2018 Kia Optima PHEV EX – 40 combined MPG x 14.5-gallon tank = 580 miles

Keep Going in the 2018 Kia Optima

With an insane cruising range of well over 500 miles in any model, the Kia Optima is a car that keeps going. Not only does its range make it perfect for road trips (bicycles, after all, have unlimited fuel economy), but the luxurious interior space, standard technology and thrilling powertrain options mean you’ll be going further and having more fun going there than ever before.

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2 Responses to “Go on an Epic Road Trip This Summer in the 2018 Kia Optima!”

  1. Adam says:

    Careful dealing with this manufacturer. Was sold an Optima with a faulty engine. It passed the recall test and then died on the side of the freeway. Their fabulous technicians then clamped my oil line while replacing the engine which then led to my turbo going out. Of course, they are now denying responsibility and refusing to cover that. Attempted to escalate it through Kia Corporate and that is a worthless cause. Lastly, the service manager also insinuated that their products really aren’t built to last much longer than warranty goes. The poor service I have received has my family and friends ready to sell their current Kia and look for a more reliable car, thinking Toyata or Honda. *I would strongly advise you to look elsewhere, don’t get a Kia.

  2. Dawn Haynes says:

    I bought a 2018 kia Optima LX and it eats gas. I have multiple issues and no one wants to help me get it fixed. Supposedly I have a 18.5 gallon tank can only get if im lucky 14.5 and thats pushing that in. But 3 dealerships said once you get 10, 000 miles you will see the difference thats bolgna. Corporate will not help. It also hot or cold outside have a ton of white smoke coming out. They say that’s normal too. They have an answer for everything. We will see about that.

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