2018 Kia Optima Trim Level Comparison

trim level comparison of 2018 kia optima

In the crowded class of midsize sedans on the market, the 2018 Kia Optima stands out as a testament to Kia’s innovative and unique approach to delivering value. Not content to blend in its competing models, the Optima offers premium features and a stylish European-inspired exterior that is composed and elegant with enough flourish to appear a level above competitors like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry without being overdesigned. It cuts a timeless silhouette.

The Optima also delivers value by allowing drivers to select the features and models that are most important to them. This includes offering 5 trim levels, including a model with a turbocharged engine for enhanced performance and one with a more efficient engine to make each gallon of gas go farther.




LX 1.6T


SX Turbo

Combined MPG 29 28 31 28 25
Horsepower 185 hp 185 hp 178 hp 185 hp 245 hp
Colors (ext/int) 9/2 5/1 4/1 7/3 10/4
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Heated exterior mirrors Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Sunroof Not available Available Not available Available Standard
Headlights Projector Projector Projector Projector LED with Dynamic Bending Light and Auto-leveling
Standard wheels 16” alloy 17” alloy 16” alloy light gray 17” alloy 18” alloy machined finish
Climate control Manual Manual Manual Automatic Automatic
Seating Cloth with CleanTex™ Sport black cloth with leatherette bolsters Cloth with CleanTex™ Leather Sport leather
Exhaust tips Chrome Chrome Chrome Chrome Dual Chrome

Features Abound on the High-Value 2018 Kia Optima

From the base model LX up to through the top trim SX, the Kia Optima provides value by giving drivers a choice of efficiency, power and features.

The above table shows many of the features that may be important to you if you’re looking for a safe and comfortable midsize sedan, but the Kia Optima also has many standard features that are present in every trim level offered.

Some of these features include heated mirrors, rear vision camera and illuminated visor vanity mirrors. Moving beyond simply convenience into safety, the 2018 Kia Optima gives drivers Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) which keep you safe. The included Rear Parking Assist System makes backing up into a parking space easier than ever.

Finally, with abundant technology, the 2018 Kia Optima is the perfect companion for a road trip. The standard UVO 7” full-color touchscreen gives you access to Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay™ so you can enjoy all entertainment and connectivity in a distraction-free interface.

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As Tampa Bay’s preferred Kia dealer, Friendly Kia has the lowest prices and stocks the most models. Additionally, We benefit from the highest aggregate review in all of Tampa Bay. Our mission is and has always been, to provide the community with the most high-value automobiles sold at transparent prices.

Our team of highly-rated sales and service staff is committed to this mission and helping you find the perfect vehicle. For more information on the 2018 Kia Optima, other Kia models or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!