2018 Kia Model Lineup
Driver’s Auto Mart has all kinds of pre-owned and used makes and models, and one of our most popular brands is Kia. For two years in a row, Kia has been named Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Study and that’s not an easy rating to achieve. Not only are Kia models quality vehicles, but they are filled with modern amenities and Kia offers an excellent industry-leading warranty, which is usually transferrable.
Kia Motors is not only known for their economical vehicles, but is also known for providing exceptional safety features. For the 2018 model year, the Kia Soul and Kia Sorento were honored with Best Cars for the Money Award from U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row. Kia Motors was also rated the Highest in Initial Quality in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.
The Kia Optima has done fairly well for Kia Motors. Having such success as an internal combustion vehicle, two more variants were created – the Kia Optima Hybrid and Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV). On the regular Kia Optima, there are five trims and three engine options – the Optima LX and S trims are powered by a 185 hp 2.4-liter DOHC I4 engine that has a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg, the Optima LX 1.6T is powered by a 178-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine that has a combined fuel economy of 31 mpg. The Kia Optima EX and EX trims are powered by a turbocharged 245-horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine that has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 25 mpg.
All of these engines are made with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and gasoline direct injection (GDI). CVVT changes the interval of a cylinder’s valve lift events to improve fuel efficiency. GDI is a fuel delivery system that injects highly pressurized fuel directly into an engine’s combustion chamber via its fuel line for optimized performance. All engines are also designed with a Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), a design that takes some of the stress off of an engine’s cylinders, also improving the engine’s overall performance.
The standard entertainment setup for the Kia Optima is a six-speaker system, but the Optima EX and SX trims are available with a Harman/Kardon 10-speaker system with QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi. All trims come with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen, but the Optima EX and SX trims are available with an 8-inch touchscreen with a voice-command navigation system. Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibles are also a lineup standard.
Kia Optima Hybrid and PHEV
The Kia Optima Hybrid has two trims and one full parallel hybrid system that powers both of them. The full parallel hybrid system is made up of a 2.0-liter DOHC engine designed with CVVT and GDI and an electric motor, powered by a 1.76 kWh lithium-ion battery. Combined, they have an output of 192 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque, and a combined fuel economy of 42 mpg. The Kia Optima Hybrid Premium comes with a six-speaker system and UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen. The Optima Hybrid EX comes with the Harman/Kardon 10-speaker setup and UVO eServices on an 8-inch touchscreen with voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio. Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibles are also a lineup standard.
There is only one trim that makes up the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) lineup. It is powered by the same system as the Kia Optima Hybrid, but it has a larger battery – 9.8 kWh. The battery is large enough to power the vehicle on its own, and when operated only by the battery the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid has an all-electric range of 29 miles. When the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is powered by the battery and the engine, the vehicle has a total driving range of 610 miles and a combined/city highway fuel economy of 103 MPGe. The battery can be charged in as little as three hours with a 240V power outlet, or nine hours with a standard household electric outlet. UVO eServices comes standard on n 8-inch touchscreen with voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio. Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibles are also a lineup standard.
The luxury sedan of the lineup, the Kia Cadenza comes with many high-tech features, even on the base trim. Only three trims, the entire lineup is powered by a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 DOHC engine designed with CVVT and GDI. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and capable of generating 290 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. All Kia Cadenza trims have a combined city/highway fuel economy of 23 mpg. The base trim, Kia Cadenza Premium, comes with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen and a SiriusXM audio system. The Cadenza Technology and Limited trims come with UVO eServices standard on an 8-inch touchscreen with voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio with a Harman/Kardon 12-speaker system with QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi (optional upgrade for the Premium). Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibles are also a lineup standard.
Previously the most powerful sedan in the lineup, with only three trims, the Kia K900 V6 Premium and V6 Luxury trims are powered by a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine designed with CVVT and GDI, with a combined city/highway fuel economy of 20 mpg. The K900 V8 Luxury trim is powered by a 5.0-liter DOHC V8 engine designed with CVVT and GDI, with a combined city/highway fuel economy of 18 mpg. The K900 V6 Premium trim comes with a standard AM/FM/CD/HD radio system, but comes with 14 speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and UVO Luxury Services. The K900 V6 Luxury and V8 Luxury trims come with a Lexicon®2 Discrete Logic7® Surround Sound System with 17 speakers, a subwoofer, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and UVO Luxury services.
Now officially the most powerful sports sedan in the Kia Motors lineup, the Kia Stinger comes in five flavors. The Stinger 2.0L and Premium trims are powered by a 255-horsepower Twin Scroll Turbocharged 2.0 liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine designed with stop-and-go technology for fuel saving, CVVT, and GDI. This engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and has a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg with rear-wheel drive (RWD) and 24 mpg with all-wheel drive (AWD). The Stinger GT, GT1, and GT2 trims are powered by a Twin Turbocharged 3.3 liter DOHC V6 engine designed with stop-and-go technology, CVVT, and GDI. Also paired to 8-speed automatic transmission, this engine has a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg with RWD and 21 mpg with AWD.
The Kia Stinger 2.0L and GT trims come with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen; the base trim (2.0L) has a six-speaker system, and the GT trim gets a nine-speaker system. On the Kia Stinger Premium, GT1, and GT2 trims, UVO eServices comes standard on an 8-inch touchscreen with voice-command navigation and a Harman/Kardon 15-speaker system with QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi. Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibles are also a lineup standard.
As previously mentioned, the Kia Soul was awarded Best Cars for the Money from U.S. News & World Report. The Kia Soul is offered in three trim levels – Base, Plus (+) and Exclaim (!). The Soul Base is standard with a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve I4 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The Soul Plus trim is standard with a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I4 with an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission. Lastly, the Soul Exclaim trim is equipped with a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve I4 w/ turbocharger and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Some shared standard infotainment features throughout all three trim levels include AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM audio system, six speakers with dash-mounted tweeters, and Bluetooth wireless technology w/ steering-wheel-mounted- buttons. Fuel economy is 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined city/highway.
Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul EV steps up its game for the 2018 model year in terms of electric range. Thanks to the Soul EV’s efficient battery, its total driving range is 111 miles. Offered in just two trim levels – Soul EV and Soul EV+, both models have a fuel economy of 124 MPGe in the city, 93 MPGe on the highway and 108 MPGe combined city/highway. Some features that both trims share include UVO eco w/ Navigation, 8” color touch-screen display, SiriusXM traffic and HD radio, Android/Apple Carplay, 6 speakers, and supervision meter cluster w/ 3.5” organic light emitting diode color display.
Although, the Kia Niro could be considered a hatchback, it’s actually classified as a hybrid SUV. The Kia Niro debuted in the 2017 model year and it is available in four trim levels – FE, LX, EX, and Touring. The Kia Niro comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder hybrid-electric powertrain while sending power to the front wheels through its dual-clutch, six-speed automatic transmission plus sportmatic. The Niro Touring comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels with black finish, UVO 8-inch touch-screen display, voice command navigation system, SiriusXM, Traffic, plus Harman/Kardon Premium Surround Sound w/ Clari-Fi eight speakers and an integrated subwoofer. The remaining trim levels are standard equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels with full cover, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, six speakers and a rearview camera – just to name a few.
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid debuted in 2017, following its sister car – Kia Niro. However, they key difference is the plug-in’s rechargeable battery and extended range of miles relying solely on battery-power. Available in three trim levels – LX, EX, and EX Premium, all Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid trims are equipped with the same 1.1-liter 4-cylinder and a full parallel hybrid system and an Electric AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor paired with a lithium-ion polymer battery. The Niro Plug-in Hybrid has an all electric range of 26 miles and total driving range of 560 miles. Furthermore, it has a fuel economy of 110 MPGe in the city, 99 MPGe on the highway and 105 MPGe combined city/highway.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX and EX trims come standard with the essentials – power-adjustable drivers seat, UVO eco w/ 7-inch touch screen display paired with bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen display and Harman/Kardon premium surround sound with Clari-Fi and 8 speakers paired with an integrated subwoofer.
The Kia Sportage offers value-oriented features at an affordable price. Offered in three trim levels – LX, EX and SX Turbo, the first two trims share a 2.4-liter DOHC, 16-valve I4 engine, while the SX Turbo offers a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I4 turbocharged engine. An electronically controlled 6-speed automatic overdrive with sportmatic transmission powertrain is shared by all three trims. If consumers choose the Sportage in front-wheel drive (FWD), combined fuel economy of 26 mpg. On the other hand, when the Sporage is equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) it has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 22 mpg.
The Sportage LX, EX, SX Turbo each have their own infotainment system display size. The Sportage LX trim has 5-inch touch screen equipped with a six speaker audio system and AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM. The Sportage EX has a 7-inch display offered with same features as the Sportage LX and the Sportage SX turbo has an 8-inch display touch-screen with voice command, navigation and SiriusXM traffic.
The Kia Sorento was designed to be larger than the average five-passenger crossover SUV, but its size steers clear of being a huge family vehicle. Available in seven trim levels – L, LX, LX V6, EX 2.0T, EX V6, SX, and SX Limited, the Kia Sorento offers five- or seven-passenger configurations. There are three engine options offered through the lineup, 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I4, 3.3-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 and a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I4 with turbocharger. An electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is paired to each engine option. The combined fuel economy varies in efficiency throughout each trim level – 19 to 24 mpg respectively.
There are three infotainment display options – 4.3-,7-, and 8-inch. The 4.3-and 7-inch displays come with AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with 6 speakers while the 8-inch color touch-screen display offers a UVO with voice-command navigation system with SiriusXM traffic and HD radio.
Considering the Kia Sedona is the only minivan in the 2018 Kia lineup, this seven or eight passenger minivan is available in five trim levels – L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited. A 3.3-liter V6 paired with an electronically controlled six-speed automatic overdrive with sportmatic transmission is standard on all Kia Sedona trims. Combined fuel economy is between 19 and 21 mpg, depending on the trim.
Three infotainments display screen size options are available – 5-, 7- and 8-inches. The 5-inch touch screen display offers AM/FM radio with SiriusXM, the 7-inch adds the UVO application along with the previous features offered with the 5-inch display. Lastly, the 8-inch includes UVO with navigation, color touch screen display, and SiriusXM traffic.
Whether consumers are looking for a plug-in hybrid, crossover SUV or a minivan – they won’t be disappointed when sticking with the Kia brand. Come test drive any of our used available Kia models at Driver’s Auto Mart located in Davie, FL. Also, check out our entire used car inventory.
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