The 2019 Optima with advanced high strength steel.

Protection and peace of mind.

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


Engineered for safety.

The Optima embodies Kia’s continued commitment to safety, delivering added peace of mind to all drivers and making it a great choice for a teen’s first car. It comes standard with advanced passive safety features, like the comprehensive airbags and seat belt systems, built to be your first line of defense.


The 2019 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 severity of certain impacts and the 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 help provide a more customized 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 also integrated active safety 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 reduce or prevent wheel spin when you accelerate, while Electronic Stability Control (ESC) helps you stay on course with improved stability in a variety of situations. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) offers increased steering control when driving in certain 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 precise control. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is designed to help deliver more consistent braking as weight load and distribution change. The Antilock Braking System (ABS) is designed to help reduce skidding, and the Brake Assist System (BAS) can sense certain emergency braking situations and increase braking pressure.

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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