2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Ford Fusion

2018 Kia Optima

Our team at Pat Peck Kia is dedicated to servicing drivers around the D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg, MS, areas. One of our most popular vehicles is the 2018 Kia Optima midsize sedan. Sedans have become popular across all manufacturers due to their handling, fuel economy, and spacious interior.

While sedans share similar features, each one is unique in their own way and provides their own individual driving experiences. Here, we’ll compare the 2018 Kia Optima vs. Ford Fusion, so you can decide which vehicle is perfect for you.

Style and Design

Just from looking at each car’s exterior, you’ll begin to immediately notice differences. The Kia Optima has a sporty, aerodynamically sculpted design, which features Kia’s eye-catching signature Tiger nose grille. The Ford Fusion’s exterior shape is a more rounded, making it appear like every other midsize sedan on the market. The Ford Fusion also features Ford’s classic bulky front grille design.

Moving on to interior design, the Kia Optima is a bit more spacious, with 104.8 cubic feet of passenger volume vs. the Ford Fusion’s 102.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. Much like the exterior, the Optima’s driver-oriented seating style is modern and sporty, while the Fusion’s seating is simple and old school.

Engine, Fuel Economy, and Stats



25 city/36 highway1

EPA-estimated Miles Per Gallon

21 city/32 highway

185 HP @ 6,000 rpm


173 HP @ 6,000 rpm

178 Ib-ft @ 4,000 rpm


174 Ib-ft @ 4,000 rpm

18.5 gallons

Fuel Tank Capacity

16.5 gallons

3,219 pounds

Base Curb Weight

3,431 pounds

2.4L I4

Engine Type

1.5L I4

As you can see, the Kia Optima allows you to go further thanks to its EPA-estimated 25 city/36 highway MPG and 18.5-gallon fuel tank.1 The Ford Fusion clocks in at only an EPA-estimated 21 city/32 highway MPG and has a 16.5-gallon fuel tank. The Kia is also lighter, which makes it easier to handle.

While both cars have the option for power heated exterior mirrors to efficiently clear snow and ice, every Kia Optima comes standard with them. For the Ford Fusion, though, this is an additional cost feature. The Kia Optima’s warranty is also almost double the length and distance of the Ford Fusion.

Schedule a Test Drive Today!

We hope you learned enough about the 2018 Kia Optima vs. Ford Fusion to make a confident decision for you next midsize sedan. Here at Pat Peck Kia, we pride ourselves on helping each customer in the D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg areas happily drive off the lot in their new car or SUV. To find out more information or to schedule a test drive for the 2018 Kia Optima, stop by or give us call!

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

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