The 2018 Optima with advanced high strength steel.

Protection for all,
all around.

The Optima uses more than 50% Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). A ring-shaped section, defining the boot opening behind the rear seats below the shelf, substantially increases body rigidity. And hot-stamping of components in 16 core stress areas boosts the body structure for better driving dynamics and a quieter ride.


5-star safety.

The 2018 Optima embodies Kia’s continued commitment to safety, earning a 5-Star Crash Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It comes standard with advanced passive safety features, like the comprehensive airbags and seat belt systems, built to be your first line of defense in any crash.


The 2018 Kia Optima with 5-star safety airbags.

The advance airbag system features dual front, front-seat-mounted side, and full-length side curtain airbags. High-tech sensors can detect the level of an impact and presence of a front passenger, helping to control airbag inflation.

The 2018 Kia Optima with three-point seat belts.

Every seat comes with three-point belts for added security with over-the-lap and shoulder straps. The front seats have height-adjustable seat belt anchors to ensure a proper fit, as well as pretensioners that help restrain passengers in certain collisions.

Child-safe LATCH system in the 2018 Kia Optima.

Securely and conveniently install a child seat with the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system. Plus, rear child-safety door locks allow you to turn off the interior door-opening mechanism, preventing passengers from opening the rear doors from the inside.

Advanced safety technologies.

In a Kia packed with innovation, we integrated active driver-assistive technologies where they matter most. Advanced systems, like Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), that work automatically to give you enhanced control so that you can stay focused on the road.


TC, ESC, VSM, HAC features in the 2018 Kia Optima.

A suite of active technologies designed to keep
you in control. The Traction Control System (TCS)
helps avoid wheel spin when you accelerate,
while Electronic Stability Control (ESC) helps you
stay on course with improved stability. Vehicle
Stability Management (VSM) offers increased
steering control when driving in harsh road
conditions, and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
helps keep your vehicle in place as you move
off an incline.

EBD, ABS and BAS braking system in the 2018 Optima

Experience advanced braking for more precise
control. Electronic Brake-force Distribution
(EBD) helps deliver more consistent braking as
weight load and distribution change. The Antilock
Braking System (ABS) helps reduce skidding,
and the Brake Assist System (BAS) senses
emergency braking situations and increases
braking when needed.

Tire pressure monitoring in the 2018 Kia Optima.

The Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
continuously monitors the inflation pressure in all four
tires and warns you when the pressure drops below
a specified range.

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