2018 Kia Optima vs 2017 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is a key competitor in the midsize sedan market, and this year it just got more impressive. The 2018 Kia Optima is a vehicle designed to please, with a rejuvenated model, upgraded technology features, and improved safety systems. However, how does this model compare to the previous year’s, truly? Is it worth purchasing over the, now cheaper, 2017 mode?

It can be difficult to pick between these vehicles, especially if you’re not a vehicle expert. Thankfully, we at Motion Kia are experts on all thing Kia, and we know how important it is to make an informed decision. For that reason, we’ve done some of the research for you and compiled a list of notable features for you to consider. Look below and see which of these two great models is the one for you!

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2018 Kia Optima Vs 2017 Kia Optima
$22,500 Starting MSRP $22,200
LX, S, LX 1.6T, EX and SX Trim Levels LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX, and SX Limited
Upgraded Kia UVO Infotainment and eServices. Available Infotainment Systems Outdated Kia UVO Infotainment and eServices.

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As you can see, these two models are near identical, as to be expected. The 2017 Optima Holds a slight edge over the 2018 Optima In terms of a lower starting MSRP, and more model trims, however, the 2018 Kia Optima does possess many upgraded and improve features that set it apart. The first of which is an available panoramic moonroof, something not offered on its predecessor.

Additionally, the 2018 Kia Optima possesses many great elite safety features that cannot be matched by its predecessor, including Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Rear Parking Assist System that comes standard for all trim levels.

Both Kia Optima models are great deals, offering a lot of exceptional features across their many trim levels, but the 2018 Kia Optima model takes the edge in terms of overall safety features. To learn more about the 2018 Kia Optima, or to take them for a test drive, contact us at Motion Kia today!

2018 Kia Optima driving.


2018 Kia Optima engine view.
2018 Kia Optima steering wheel and dash view.


2018 Kia Optima rear seat view.