Meet the 2018 Kia Optima near Waterbury, CT

New 2018 Kia Optima Available Now at Shaker's Kia in Watertown, CT

With the new 2018 Optima, Kia is still setting the standard for excellence in the segment. They haven't eliminated any of the Optima's essential characteristics like its head-turning style, excellent performance, and numerous tech and comfort features, all of which you can explore and enjoy right next door to Waterbury at Shaker's Kia.

What's New for the Kia Optima in 2018?

For 2018, Kia has streamlined the Optima's trim level and feature options. This stylish midsize sedan is still packed with value, and an even more refined, upscale cabin makes the 2018 Kia Optima's reasonable price seem more incongruous than ever.

Lots of individuals and families in the Waterbury area are finding that the 2018 Kia Optima is the perfect sedan for Bristol commutes and daily life in the Naugatuck or Milford regions. Come visit us in Watertown to explore the new Optima yourself!

Power and Performance

In the 2018 Optima lineup, Kia offers three engines. There's something for everyone, whether you prefer to focus on fuel efficiency, affordability, or performance. Although each engine has its specialty, they're all wonderfully balanced in those three areas.

2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4

  • Comes in the LX, S, and EX trims
  • 185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet of torque
  • Estimated MPG (city/highway/combined): 25/36/29

1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve turbocharged inline-4

  • Comes in the LX 1.6T trim
  • 178 horsepower, 195 pound-feet of torque
  • Estimated MPG (city/highway/combined): 28/37/31

2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve turbocharged inline-4

  • Comes in the SX trim
  • 245 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque
  • Estimated MPG (city/highway/combined): 22/31/25

For the truly efficiency-minded among us, Kia offers Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid models. These models give you the same fantastic features you love in your Optima, along with savings at the gas pump and a reduced carbon footprint. Sounds like a win-win-win.

Safety Features & Technology

Technology wears two hats in the 2018 Kia Optima - there's tech that keeps you safe in the form of driver-assistive technologies and tech that handles infotainment functions, including navigation and smartphone compatibility. In both cases, you can expect some rather high standards.

Standard & Available Safety Features in the 2018 Kia Optima

More than just technology, the safety features of the 2018 Kia Optima go deep - all the way to the Optima's skeleton. The 2018 Kia Optima is constructed using more than 50% Advanced High Strength Steel, and it features a standard advanced airbag system, with dual front, front-seat-mounted side, and full-length side curtain airbags. Using sensors, the system can detect the level of impact and whether there's a front passenger, controlling the deployment of the airbag in that case.

Other standard safety features include Hill Start Assist Control, a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), a Rear-Camera Display, Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).

There are some notable options, too, like the following available features: Surround View Monitor (SVM), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).

Standard & Available Infotainment Features in the 2018 Kia Optima

Beyond all that serious stuff, the tech in the 2018 Kia Optima is also there to entertain and assist; in terms of standard equipment, that looks like this: USB/AUX Jack plus Dual Front Console 12-volt Power Outlets, a 7.0-inch UVO Touch-Screen Display, support for Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, as well as Bluetooth® Wireless Connectivity and Hands-Free Support.

Of course, there's always more to be had; audiophiles who want to make the most of Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ may want to opt for the optional Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi™ Technology and 10 speakers-a real front-row experience. More than that, there's an optional 8.0-inch Touch-Screen Display with a Voice-Command Navigation System.

2018 Kia Optima Trim Levels: Features and Options

The Optima is available in five trim levels. Each is very well equipped relative to its price, and there are several optional packages available at each level. Each model now comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Optima LX & LX 1.6T

2018 Kia Optima LX & LX 1.6T

The 2018 Kia Optima LX is the base trim level and starts at an affordable $22,500 MSRP. Beyond its sleek and modern styling, the LX comes with a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for your entertainment needs. Normal, Eco, and Sport drive modes give you some control over how the Optima handles, and the 2.4-liter I4 engine offers an EPA-estimated 36 miles per gallon on the highway. You'll even find safety features like Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and the Rear Parking Assist System.

  • Equipped with USB and auxiliary ports.
  • Optional Convenience package increases driver seat adjustability and adds noise-reducing window glass.

The LX 1.6T trim starts at $24,300 MSRP and upgrades the engine to a 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 providing you with even better fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 37 miles per gallon on the highway. The 10-way power driver's seat gets Two-Way Power Lumbar Support for even more comfort, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob increase the luxury.

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Optima S

2018 Kia Optima S

The S trim level ups the ante for features and style, and comes in at $23,500 MSRP. Outside, it gives you stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, LED Front Fog Lights, and LED Sport Rear Combination Lamps. Open the doors and find a 10-way power driver's seat for the perfect driving position every time.

  • Also features a rear spoiler and sport black accents.
  • Comes with the features in the Convenience package.
  • A panoramic sunroof is optional, as is interior LED lighting.
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Optima EX

2018 Kia Optima EX

The EX trim costs $25,600 MSRP and, while it returns the engine to the standard 2.4-liter I4, you'll get even more luxury inside the cabin. The driver's seat is now a 12-way power seat with an integrated memory system to save your seating position, you'll get a Smart Key with Push-Button Start, the front seats are now heated to keep you toasty on colder days, and all seating gets leather trim.

  • Adds 17-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, additional USB ports, and more.
  • Also available with Premium package which includes the panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable passenger seat (with two-way lumbar), ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.
  • Go with the Technology package and you'll also get an 8-inch touchscreen, a sport body kit with LED fog lights and bigger front brakes, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.
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Optima SX

2018 Kia Optima SX

At the very top of the trim levels is the SX, starting at $30,500 MSRP. Under the hood is an impressively powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, kicking out 245 horsepower while still maintaining an EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon on the highway. A Panoramic Sunroof lets in the sunshine, LED interior lighting provides a little atmosphere on dark nights, and now the front passenger's seat is a 10-way power seat. Front seats get ventilation to cool you off on hot days and, to keep you safe, the LED Headlights with Dynamic bending Light can help you see around corners so nothing takes you by surprise.

  • Much like the EX when equipped with the Premium package, the Optima SX includes upgrades like the 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a rear spoiler, and dual exhaust tips.
  • The Technology package is available and includes automatic high beams on this trim.
  • Limited package is available with chrome exterior accents, a heated steering wheel, 360-degree surround-view camera system, and more.
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Find Your 2018 Kia Optima near Waterbury, CT, at Shaker's Kia

We have a great selection of new 2018 Kia Optima sedans in a range of trim levels and option packages. We're located at 1230 Main St. in Watertown, CT, and we're convenient to Waterbury, Bristol, Milford and Naugatuck. Please stop in today, or call us at (877) 317-3379 to schedule an appointment.

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