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2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Ford Fusion

Red 2018 Kia Optima and blue 2018 Ford Fusion side by side

There are so many new sedan options for drivers that car shopping can often get overwhelming. However, two of the models that stick out each year are Kia's popular Optima and Ford's Fusion sedan. With strong performance and efficiency for the price, it can be hard to distinguish which vehicle stands out more. That's why we wanted to take a look at some of the key differences between the 2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Ford Fusion.

While some sedans focus on just efficiency or power, the new Optima excels in both categories. In fact, the standard 2018 Kia Optima offers an impressive fuel economy rating of 25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg. However, efficiency is improved even further with the Optima LX 1.6T model, as this trim offers 28 city/37 highway/31 combined mpg. The standard 2018 Kia Optima is also more powerful than the standard Fusion model, offering 185 horsepower vs the Fusion's 175 horsepower thanks to the Optima's standard 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine.

2018 Kia Optima


2018 Ford Fusion

29 Combined MPG 25
185 Starting Horsepower 175
178 lb.ft Starting Torque 175 lb.ft
105 cu.ft Passenger Volume 103 cu.ft

Standard Technologies in the 2018 Kia Optima

The 2018 Kia Optima is also extremely feature-rich with plenty of standard and available technologies. When it comes to safety, every 2018 Optima trim level comes standard with driver-assist technologies such as Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and the Rear Parking Assist System. The Optima also offers the available Surround View Monitor as part of Kia Drive Wise technology. Through the standard UVO connectivity and 7-inch Touch-Screen Display, drivers also have access to features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between the 2018 Kia Optima vs the 2018 Ford Fusion, be sure to contact us at Hutchinson Kia. You can also get behind the wheel of the new Kia sedan by visiting our dealership in Macon, GA, today.