Attractive styling, decent performance; roomy interior; lots of upscale features; excellent warranty
Limited rear-seat headroom; driver-assist safety features cost extra; fuel economy doesn't come close to rivals from Toyota or Honda
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid get some new colors this year, but everything else remains the same.
Kia's 2018 Optima Hybrid is offered in Premium and EX trim, while the plug-in version is offered only in the EX trim.
The Optima Hybrid Premium ($26,890) comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless access with push-button start, power heated outside mirrors, Smart Trunk automatic trunk release, UVO infotainment with a 7-in touchscreen and 6 speakers, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering column, dual-zone automatic temperature control, an 8-way power driver's seat with 2-way lumbar support, cloth seating and a fixed rear seat with pass-through.
Step up to the EX ($31,885), and you'll get an impressive array of equipment that includes sound-absorbing front windows, 17-in alloy wheels, Kia's UVO infotainment system with navigation and an 8-in touchscreen, leather upholstery, a 12-way power driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support and driver-memory settings, a 10-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and an upgraded 630-watt Harman Kardon 10-speaker sound system.
The Optima Plug-in Hybrid EX ($36,105) is similarly equipped as the Optima Hybrid EX.
The Premium model can be upgraded with the Convenience package ($1,795), which brings blind spot monitoring, lane-change assist, rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a 12-way power driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support and memory, rear air vents and rear-seat dual USB power outlets, plus a 12-volt power outlet.
The EX trims can be equipped with the Technology package ($5,000), which brings the driver assists from the Premium's Convenience package, then adds collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. Also included are LED headlights with an adaptive bending feature, automatic high beams, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear-window sunshades, a 10-way power passenger seat and LED interior lighting.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid -- The Accord hybrid earns excellent marks in the areas of fit and finish, safety and resale, not to mention its standard suite of driver assists and superior fuel economy.
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid -- Like the Accord Hybrid, the Camry offers excellent marks in every category, comes standard with Toyota's Safety Sense P driver assists and earns the best fuel economy of the bunch.
2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid -- The Fusion offers a sporty ride, lots of high-tech options and the option of all-wheel drive.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid -- The Malibu offers a number of high-tech features, sleek styling and excellent fuel economy figures. Like the Toyota Camry, the Malibu Hybrid's base price is a few thousand higher than the Kia Optima Hybrid or Honda Accord.
Used Lincoln MKZ Hybrid -- A 2014-2016 Linlcon MKZ hybrid offers more power, luxury and style than the Optima Hybrid, plus it can be had with all-wheel drive.