The base engine offered on the 2018 Kia Optima is a 2.4-liter I4 that makes 185 hp @ 6000 rpm and 178 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-Speed Automatic. Equipped with this engine, the 2018 Kia Optima takes 6.8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and achieves the quarter-mile in - seconds.

Another engine available here is a 1.6-liter I4 that makes 178 hp @ 5500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm. It is mated to a 7-Speed Automatic. Powered by this engine, the 2018 Kia Optima takes only 6.8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill and covers the quarter-mile run in - seconds.

Finally, the 2-liter I4 here is the final engine on offer. Mated to a 6-Speed Automatic, this engine generates 245 hp @ 6000 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. @ 1350 rpm. Powered by this engine, the 2018 Kia Optima achieves a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds, while maintaining a - seconds quarter-mile time.

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2018 Kia Optima 0-60 and Quarter Mile all Trims

Trim Name0-60 MPH
EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
S 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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6.8 sec

2018 Kia Optima vs. Competitor's 0-60 and Quarter Mile

Car Name0-60 MPHStanding 1/4-mileTop SpeedBraking (60 - 0 MPH)
2018 Ford Fusion5.3 sec---
2018 Subaru WRX5.2 - 5.5 sec---
2018 Honda Civic5.8 sec---
2018 Chevrolet Malibu6.3 sec---
2018 Ford Focus6.3 sec---
2018 Hyundai Elantra6.3 sec---
2018 Honda Accord5.5 - 7.6 sec---
2018 Acura ILX6.6 sec---
2018 Kia Optima6.8 sec---
2018 Toyota Camry5.8 - 7.9 sec---
2018 Mazda 37 - 7.2 sec---
2018 Volkswagen Passat5.9 - 8.4 sec---
2018 Hyundai Sonata6.8 - 7.9 sec15.8 - 16.1 sec123 mph120 ft.
2018 Toyota Camry hybrid Sedan7.2 - 7.9 sec---
2018 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan7.8 sec---
2018 Nissan Altima8 sec---
2018 Kia Forte8.2 sec---
2018 Volkswagen Jetta8.2 sec---
2018 Chevrolet Cruze8.4 sec---
2018 Nissan Sentra7 - 10.4 sec---
2018 Subaru Impreza8.8 sec---
2018 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan8.9 sec---
2018 Toyota Corolla9.9 - 12 sec---

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2017 Kia Optima 0-60 and Quarter Mile all Trims

Trim Name0-60 MPH
EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
SXL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
+2 More
6.8 sec

2017 Kia Optima vs. Competitor's 0-60 and Quarter Mile

Car Name0-60 MPHStanding 1/4-mileTop SpeedBraking (60 - 0 MPH)
2017 Ford Focus6.3 sec---
2017 Nissan Maxima5.7 - 6.1 sec---
2017 Toyota Camry5.8 - 8.5 sec---
2017 Volvo S604.7 - 5.2 sec---
2017 Hyundai Elantra6.3 - 8.3 sec---
2017 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid Sedan7.4 sec---
2017 Ford Fusion hybrid Sedan7.8 - 8.9 sec---
2017 Buick Verano6.1 sec---
2017 Ford Fusion Energi Sedan7.8 - 8 sec---
2017 Kia Optima6.8 sec---
2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel Sedan8 - 8.4 sec---
2017 Hyundai Sonata hybrid Sedan11.1 sec---
2017 Volkswagen Passat8.4 sec---
2017 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid Sedan7.7 sec---
2017 Mazda 36.8 - 7.2 sec---
2017 Kia Forte8.2 - 8.7 sec---
2017 Nissan Sentra10.4 sec---
2017 Volkswagen CC6.5 sec---
2017 Honda Civic5.8 sec---
2017 Subaru Impreza8.4 - 9 sec---
2017 Toyota Corolla9.5 - 12 sec---
2017 Chevrolet Malibu5.7 - 6.3 sec---
2017 Volkswagen Jetta7.7 - 8.2 sec---
2017 Buick Regal Sedan6.3 sec---
2017 Honda Accord5.7 sec14.7 sec155 mph135 ft.
2017 Ford Fusion5.1 - 5.3 sec---
2017 Kia Optima hybrid Sedan7.9 - 8.9 sec---
2017 Subaru WRX5.2 sec---
2017 Nissan Altima8 sec---
2017 Kia Optima plug-in hybrid Sedan8 sec---
2017 Chevrolet Cruze8.4 sec---
2017 Hyundai Sonata6.8 sec---

2016 Kia Optima 0-60 and Quarter Mile all Trims

Trim Name0-60 MPH
SXL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
9.1 sec
SX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
6.8 sec
EX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
7.5 sec
LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
7.3 sec

2016 Kia Optima vs. Competitor's 0-60 and Quarter Mile

Car Name0-60 MPHStanding 1/4-mileTop SpeedBraking (60 - 0 MPH)
2016 Honda Civic6.8 - 8.6 sec---
2016 Acura ILX6.6 - 7 sec15.2 - 15.4 sec138 mph129 ft.
2016 Honda Accord5.8 - 7.6 sec---
2016 Kia Optima6.8 - 9.1 sec---
2016 Nissan Altima7.3 - 8.2 sec---
2016 Chrysler 2007.5 sec---
2016 Toyota Camry7.1 - 8 sec---
2016 Hyundai Elantra8.6 - 9.5 sec---
2016 Chevrolet Malibu6.1 - 8.1 sec---
2016 Ford Fusion9.5 sec---
2016 Hyundai Sonata7.2 - 10.2 sec---
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