Is the Optima available with a turbo?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Optima on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 9:20 pm
2018 Kia Optima Turbo engine

2018 Kia Optima engine options

When it comes to features, style, and even performance, the Kia Optima is an exciting model no matter which way you look at it. On that last point, let’s take a look under the hood and learn all about the 2018 Kia Optima engine options. You might be surprised at what this Kia sedan has in store for you.

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How many engine options are available for the Optima?

There are actually three engine options available for the Kia Optima in 2018, and we will talk about all three and discuss both performance and efficiency. If you were looking for a turbo, then you’re in luck, because the Optima has two turbocharged engines available.

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2.4-Liter Engine

This engine is the bread and butter of the Kia Optima lineup. It comes on the base model LX trim as well as the S trim and the EX trim. Just because it’s a base model engine without a turbo, doesn’t mean it lacks in the horsepower department.

This 2.4-liter powerplant can generate up to 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. On the LX trim, which is the lightest trim in the lineup with smaller wheels and no sunroof, this engine can get up to 25-city mpg and 36-highway mpg. The heavier S and EX trims still get up to 24-city mpg and 34-highway mpg.

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1.6-Liter Turbo Engine

Turbos don’t always have to add more power. Sometimes what they bring to the plate is more efficiency, and that’s definitely the case here. This engine is available in the unique LX 1.6T trim, which as its name would imply, is heavily based on the LX trim level.

For performance, this engine takes a hit in horsepower when compared to the 2.4-liter engine, but it still generates 178 horsepower and actually exceeds in torque with 195 pound-feet. When it comes to efficiency, this engine is a top performer with 28-city mpg and 37-highway mpg.

2.0-Liter Turbo Engine

Now we get to the real heavy hitter. The 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant is reserved for the top SX trim. With 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, it’s quite comparable to the base model Stinger in terms of performance.

With this level of performance, of course you are going to take a hit in terms of efficiency, but it’s not as bad as you might expect. The SX trim still manages to get 22-city mpg and 31-highway mpg. Now you can be sporty and economical at the same time.

2018 Kia Optima configuration options

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