2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan
- Quiet interior around town and on the highway
- Available 60/40-split rear seats increase the cargo area
- Offers plenty of available safety and luxury features
- Some rival hybrid sedans get better fuel economy
- Rear headroom is limited by the sloping roofline
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Which Optima Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
We like the Kia Optima sedan for offering lots of features for the money, along with a well-designed interior and a quiet ride. Adding a hybrid powertrain that's both more powerful and significantly more fuel-efficient than the standard gasoline engine seems like a no-brainer.
The biggest trade-off for the hybrid powertrain is the loss of some cargo space, which drops by 2.5 cubic feet. The available 60/40-split folding rear seats do mean that extra space is available. The Optima Hybrid is also limited to higher trim levels, so if you're looking for a basic hybrid, this might not be the car for you.
The Optima Hybrid certainly makes a case for itself in the segment, too. While we like the driving experience of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, it's an older model than the Optima and in need of a refresh. The new Toyota Camry Hybrid is very efficient but offers fewer features and a less usable infotainment interface. The biggest wild card might be the Honda Accord Hybrid, due out later this year: It's based on our current favorite midsize sedan, and it loses no cargo space in the electrification process.
Trim levels & features
The front-wheel-drive 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is well-equipped no matter which version you choose. The entry-level Premium comes with dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and keyless entry and ignition. The Premium's Convenience package offers a good value for the extra features you get, while the EX takes that and adds goodies such as leather upholstery and a kicking Harman Kardon sound system. An electric motor and a 2.0-liter engine combine to produce 192 hp. Most hybrids have a continuously variable automatic transmission, but the Optima Hybrid sticks with a six-speed automatic transmission that gives a more traditional shifting feel.
The Premium trim comes with many standard features, including 16-inch wheels, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, a driver information display, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The available Convenience package adds power-folding mirrors, laminated front windows to help noise reduction, a power driver seat with memory settings, rear air vents, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and extra USB ports.
The EX has the Convenience package as standard (minus the parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring) and adds 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with HD radio.
You can't get a more luxurious Optima Hybrid than the EX equipped with the Technology package, which adds LED adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam control, a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control, a power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear side-window sunshades, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors.
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Optima Hybrid safety features:
- Blind-Spot Detection System
- Illuminates a light on either of the Optima's side mirrors when a vehicle enters its blind spot.
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Sounds a warning if the Optima detects an imminent front collision. Brakes automatically engage to lessen or mitigate the impact.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Sounds a warning if a vehicle is approaching the Optima from the side while it is in reverse.
2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan for Sale
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid proves that gas-electric hybrid models can offer shoppers more than just a fuel-saving powertrain. The Optima Hybrid is a stylish midsize sedan with a comfortable interior, long warranty coverage, and enough standard features — even at the entry trim level — to satisfy the majority of buyers.
The Optima Hybrid was completely redesigned last year and carries over the restyled exterior, improved handling, quieter ride and more upscale interior into 2018.
Propulsion for the Optima Hybrid comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that combines with an electric motor to produce a total of 192 horsepower. Unlike most other midsize hybrid sedans, the Optima Hybrid uses a conventional six-speed automatic transmission instead of a continuously variable automatic transmission, which results in a more familiar gear-shifting experience. Fuel economy for Kia's hybrid sedan is EPA-estimated at 42 mpg combined (39 city/46 highway).
The interior of the Optima Hybrid boasts a clean, elegant design, with quality materials. Abundant standard features include heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
There's plenty of space inside, especially in the roomy front seats, although tall passengers could find rear headroom a bit lacking. A generous greenhouse provides an airy feeling and good visibility on three sides, but the rear design inhibits rearward vision somewhat. The trunk capacity of 13.4 cubic feet puts the Optima Hybrid near the top of its class, and the available 60/40-split folding seats add even more utility.
The Optima Hybrid comes in two trim levels: Premium and EX. The Premium trim level comes very well-equipped, but buyers can choose the Convenience package to tack on additional power accessories and technology features. The EX model includes the Convenience package plus a number of luxury items, and it can be augmented further by a Technology package.
Fully loaded, the Kia Optima Hybrid can be equipped with luxuries such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, acoustically insulated window glass, and rear window sunshades. A full suite of active safety features and driver aids is also available, with adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid that best meets your needs.
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What do people think of the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Optima Hybrid Sedan 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Optima Hybrid Sedan.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Optima Hybrid Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan?
2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,885. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is trending $4,021 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,021 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,864.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is12.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,025. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is trending $3,296 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,296 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,729.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is12.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 3 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid Sedan Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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