2019 Kia Optima vs 2018 Kia Optima

2019 Kia Optima exterior front fascia and drivers side vs 2018 Kia Optima exterior front fascia and passenger side

If you are torn between whether you should get the 2019 Kia Optima its 2018 predecessor, then you might want to take a look at these specs and features we’ve dug up on both models. Sedans are always a classic vehicle that many people search for when researching their future vehicle, and the Kia Optima is no exception. Now, you’ll be able to see what version of the Optima suits you best.

For the purpose of this comparison, we will look at the lowest trims of each model. This means that we’ll be using the 2019 Optima LX against the 2018 Optima LX. By the end of this, you’ll hopefully be able to see the difference of these two vehicles.

We have pulled the engine type, transmission, safety features, and entertainment features on both vehicles. Here is what we’ve found.

2019 Kia Optima


2018 Kia Optima

2.4L I-4 Engine 2.4L I-4
6-speed automatic Transmission CVT
Standard ADAS technologies Optional
Available/standard on some trims UVO Link w/ navigation No

Advantages of the 2019 Kia Optima

As you can see, the engine of the Kia Optima really hasn’t changed, though the transmission has. If you are more inclined to get a CVT, then you might want to go with the 2018 Kia Optima. However, if you prefer the quieter transmission of the 6-speed automatic, then the 2019 Kia Optima is a good choice.

While you may have already seen some driver-assist technologies on the 2018 Kia Optima, the 2019 Optima has the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, that is standard for the 2019 trims. This means you can have the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Forward Collision Warning System to potentially help you reduce the severity of an incoming collision, and in some cases, potentially avoid it altogether. This is paired with the Driver Attention Warning, which can help the driver’s attention stay on the road.

The 2019 Kia Optima now has a restructured UVO entertainment system with navigation that comes standard on some trims.

Now that you know a bit more about the 2018 and 2019 Kia Optima, feel free to swing by Moritz Kia for a test drive. If you have any questions, we can answer those as well, so feel free to ask!