2018 Kia Optima vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Two new entries in the mid-size hybrid category make their way into the market this year.

The 2018 Toyota Camry and 2018 Honda Accord should make for difficult competition for the Optima Hybrid.

Both feature updated interiors and exteriors that the Optima can’t yet offer.

We’ve driven the Camry hybrid and walked away impressed, but haven’t yet sampled the Accord.

The LaCrosse gains a new mild-hybrid system for 2018, which we haven’t yet driven.

The Ford Fusion is somewhat lagging behind the rest, but is a compelling pick based on its good looks.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is a fuel-efficient pick among mid-sizers that doesn’t wear its eco credentials on its sleeves.
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks.
The 2018 Hyundai Sonata receives a much-needed injection of style.
The 2018 Toyota Camry remains among the most competitive mid-size sedans, with a sleeker design, higher fuel economy, and carefully calibrated features and options for every buyer.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name   
LX Automatic4-Door Sedan FWDSE 2.4LL Automatic (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Buick Lacrosse2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Toyota Camry