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With loads of standard features, attractive exterior styling, and a generous warranty coverage, the KIA Optima is popular among buyers who want their midsize sedan to be more than just a transportation appliance. The 2018 model year marks the midpoint of the nameplate's fourth generation of production, and it is available in five flavors: LX, S, LX 1.6T, EX, and SX.

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Exterior - KIA Optima Dealership Test Drives

Standard exterior features on the 2018 Optima include projector beam headlights with auto light control, a chrome exhaust system, and power-adjustable heated mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators. At the EX and SX level, the Optima also gets power folding ability on the side mirrors, as well as a hands-free smart trunk. Exclusive to the SX are dual chrome exhaust tips, a panoramic sunroof, black side sills, and sporty front and rear fascias. Notably, the S and SX, as the racing-style variants, get a rear spoiler to improve aerodynamic performance, and they also come with LED fog lights, a distinctively fashioned black metallic grille, and sport-styled LED rear combination taillights. (The S has a chrome-accented front bumper.) The LX trim level gets 16-inch alloy wheels, and 17-inch ones are on the S and EX. The SX is the only one with 18-inch alloy wheels and red brake calipers.

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Interior - Schedule Your 2018 KIA Optima Test Drive

The 2018 KIA Optima presents a passenger volume of 104.8 cubic feet, plus 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. The rear bench-style seat can be folded to expand cargo volume from the trunk into the cabin. At the front, there's an 8-way adjustable driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support; and a 6-way adjustable passenger seat. You can go to the S trim to get 10-way power adjustability on the front seat; it is the only trim with sport black-and-leatherette cloth seats. Leather upholstery, 12-way power adjustability with 4-way power lumbar support and a memory system for the driver's seat, and front-seat heating capability are reserved for the upper-level EX and SX; the latter is further bolstered by front-seat cooling capability and sport-styled leather seats.

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For comfort and convenience, the 2018 Optima starts off with features like six-speaker audio, Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.5-inch TFT LCD driver-information display, remote keyless entry, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for smartphone-based control and a 7-inch color touchscreen (new for this model year). On the EX and SX, the HVAC system is upgraded with dual-zone automatic climate control, and remote keyless entry is boosted to a smart key system with push-button engine start and engine immobilization. The SX is the only trim with an auto-dimming rearview mirror to tame headlight glare from vehicles behind you.

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Mechanical / Powertrain - Optima Information

The standard engine on the 2018 Optima is a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4), which produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The "1.6T" designation comes from the option of getting on the LX a 1.6-liter turbocharged I4, which produces 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The top-level SX has the most powerful workhorse, since the 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 on the model produces 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. As the most fuel efficiency-minded of the five Optima variants, the LX 1.6T joins its comparatively tiny engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission while the others use a 6-speed automatic gearbox. A MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension with high-performance dampers keep you cushioned from road turbulence. Motor-driven power steering-with the independent power source mounted on the steering rack of the SX and the steering column of the others-provides efficient and accurate turning and cornering. And the steel unibody construction enforces sturdiness and mechanical integrity.

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A driver's side knee airbag, dual front impact airbags, dual side impact airbags, and dual side curtains provide restraint and cushioning on the 2018 KIA Optima. Other standard safety features include electronic stability control, a rearview camera, traction control, hill start assist control, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Added on all trims for this year are advanced safety features like blind-spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a rear parking assist system to boost the functionality of the rearview camera.

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