Kia Optima Trim Levels

2018 Kia Optima Red If you’re looking for a stylish sedan that smartly blends features and performance, the 2018 Kia Optima might be the perfect car for commuting around D’Ilberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg. But which trim should you opt for? It’s a question you’ll definitely want to ask yourself, as each one is uniquely different.

Choosing the exact car that fits your needs requires the right knowledge at your fingertips. With that in mind, check out this breakdown highlighting each of the available 2018 Kia Optima trim levels. Learn about interior and exterior differences, tech options, and where to go to see one of these great vehicles in person.

The LX: An Advanced and Capable BaseBuyer's Guide to the 2018 Kia Optima eBook CTA

Although the LX is the base trim level, it’s loaded with power from the get-go. Its 2.4L engine delivers 185 horsepower, and it averages an EPA-estimated 25 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway1. This trim level also offers plenty in terms of safety tech, such as Vehicle Stability Management, which helps you stabilize the vehicle if you ever lose control, and Hill Start Assist Control, which prevents the car from rolling backwards if you stop at the top of a hill. Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist are included as well and make it easier to monitor other vehicles on the road.

Love to stay connected? Then you’ll love the 2018 Optima. Standard in the LX is a seven-inch touchscreen display and Bluetooth® connectivity. Audio lovers get both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as well.

The S-Level

If you want to get a little sportier, check out the S trim. It’s got the same specs and tech as the LX, but the exterior gets a few noticeable upgrades with the addition of LED fog lights, a sport grille, a rear spoiler, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior gets some enhancements as well—the S offers 10-way power seats and Sport Black Cloth for extra style and comfort.

The LX 1.6T: Tons of Features With A Turbo Kick

Kia Optima Interior Seating

Want a manual car with a turbo engine? The LX 1.6T is for you. This trim features a seven-speed 1.6L turbocharged engine and averages an impressive EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway1. Safety and infotainment tech is identical to that of the LX.

The EX Trim

The EX is similar to the LX and S in terms of specs. However, it’s a little smarter. The included Smart Key gives you more control over some of the car’s features, and push-button start is quick and convenient. It also offers more advanced safety features that help prevent and detect incidents before they occur, such as the Lane Departure Warning System and Forward Collision Warning System.

Along with its added smart features, the EX brings back the 17-inch alloy wheels and introduces LED daytime running lights to make it easier for other drivers to see you. You can also upgrade to an eight-inch display with navigation.

The SX: The Ultimate in Style and Tech

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For drivers who want it all, the 2018 Optima SX is the best choice, featuring all of the best tech and aesthetic enhancements. It also has the most power—this trim introduces a 245-horsepower 2.0L turbo engine and sport-tuned suspension for a ride that’s both zippy and smooth.

You also get all the infotainment and safety offerings of the EX, and sleek leather cabin trim adds a sophisticated touch to the interior. The 18-inch alloy wheels and LED lighting really steal the show.

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Learn More About the Kia Optima Trim Levels

Have any other questions about any of the Kia Optima trim levels? Ready to schedule a test drive? Contact our team at Pat Peck Kia! We are proud to serve the D’Ilberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg areas, and we are looking forward to helping you find the perfect Kia Optima.


1 Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.