2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan
2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Optima Plug-In Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
We like the current Kia Optima for its stylish design, spacious interior, and user-friendly controls and infotainment system. It also comes with an extensive features list and the strongest standard warranty on the market. Starting with this sedan, Kia added a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain to make the Optima Hybrid, then added a larger, rechargeable battery pack for the Optima Plug-In Hybrid.
Twenty-nine miles of all-electric range may not seem like much, but buyers who can charge at home or at work will see a major reduction in their gas use. Of course, that larger battery pack makes for a lot less trunk space: just 9.9 cubic feet. The Plug-In Hybrid is also only available in one thoroughly equipped trim level, so it won't appeal to buyers looking for something basic but efficient.
There aren't a lot of mainstream plug-in hybrid options, but the market is growing. The Ford Fusion Energi is one of the few electrified sedans, but it's less feature-rich than the Optima. The Chevrolet Volt is a hatchback with more electric range but less passenger space and fewer features. There's the ultra-efficient Toyota Prius Prime, which sports idiosyncratic design elements that might turn off some buyers. Honda's Clarity Plug-In Hybrid also offers a lot of range and an upscale interior, but it has a much clunkier infotainment system.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is a five-passenger sedan available in a single EX trim level with an optional Technology package that adds extra comfort features and several collision avoidance technologies and driver aids. A hybrid powertrain with 29 miles of all-electric range is standard.
The Optima Plug-In Hybrid pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to produce a system total of 202 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are also standard.
Outside, you'll find 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, keyless entry and a hands-free trunk opening. Inside, the Plug-In comes with push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver seat, a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connections, Kia Uvo services, and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite radio.
The optional Technology package adds adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power passenger seat and a host of collision avoidance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and rear parking sensors.
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Optima Plug-In Hybrid safety features:
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Monitors the vehicle position within your lane and warns if you deviate, or begin to deviate, from it.
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Warns you of vehicles that might be in your blind spots with audio and visual signals, including side mirror indicators.
- Forward Collision Warning
- Warns of a potential collision with the car in front of you. Bundled with autonomous emergency braking.
2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan for Sale
The 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid, or PHEV, adds a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that can store up to 29 miles of all-electric range to one of our top picks for a midsize sedan. This generation of Optima stands out for its potent blend of features, warranty and price, and the Optima Plug-In Hybrid is ideal for commuters who can charge overnight or at the office, or even drivers who simply need their car for short commutes and trips in and around town.
With only one trim to choose from, the EX, buying a 2018 Optima Plug-In Hybrid largely comes down to a simple choice of which color you want. Even with a lone trim level, the Optima Plug-In Hybrid is loaded with standard features, reinforcing Kia's philosophy of offering a lot for less. The EX includes, among other features, leather upholstery, a navigation system and an 8-inch display, a rearview camera, heated seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.
An optional Technology package is available for buyers seeking additional creature comforts. Its bundled features include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a sunroof as well as several collision avoidance systems, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and even adaptive "bending" headlights. Although it packs a lot of features, this package isn't exactly cheap, and we recommend it only for those who crave the most peace of mind and pleasure of gadgetry as is available.
The 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid stacks up well against its competition, largely because it doesn't have much. Though it's not the only plug-in hybrid on the market, it's among the largest and most versatile. Ford offers a plug-in version of its Fusion sedan, but it has just 20 miles of electric range. The Toyota Prius Prime is a plug-in version of the popular hybrid hatchback, and its cargo versatility is hard to beat, but it's hard to consider it big enough for hardcore family duty. The same could be said for the Chevrolet Volt, which is the champion among plug-in hybrids of electric-only miles (about 50 miles in many cases) but has a rear seat that is simply too small for a grown or growing family of five, for example.
Still, the Optima PHEV has plenty to earn our recommendation. That's especially true if you can keep your mileage within the electric limits. A full recharge requires just three hours on a 240-volt charge, and indeed, it could be a long time until you'd need to visit a station to fuel up the Optima's gasoline engine. When you're ready to explore the electric possibilities of the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid, let Edmunds be your guide to the car that's right for you.
2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Overview
The 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan is offered in the following styles: , and EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Optima Plug-In 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 Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including EX, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. 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 Plug-In Hybrid Sedan here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan?
2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In 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 $36,250. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is trending $5,020 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) is13.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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