2018 Kia Optima vs. Ford Fusion

2018 Kia Optima vs. Ford Fusion

Do you want a stylish new sedan to take on your daily drive? Two viable options for drivers in the Matteson, IL area are the 2018 Kia Optima and 2018 Ford Fusion. If you are unsure about the differences between these two sedans, you can find out which one meets your needs in the following page created by Hawkinson Kia.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be taking a closer look at the 2018 Kia Optima S, starting at $23,600 MSRP, and the 2018 Ford Fusion SE, starting at $23,490 MSRP. If you have any initial questions for a product specialist, contact our dealership at (708) 782-5369.

2018 Kia Optima vs. Ford Fusion

Engine and Fuel Economy

If you don’t want to sacrifice power for efficiency, then our experts agree you’ll prefer the Kia Optima. Not only is the 2018 Optima more efficient with up to 34 MPG highway, the 2.4L I4 engine produces more horsepower and more torque than the Ford Fusion’s 2.5L I4 engine. The Kia Optima also features a Sportmatic® Sports Shifter, and Drive Mode Select. Complete engine specs for the Kia Optima and Ford Fusion can be found in the table below.

Kia Optima S


Ford Fusion SE

2.4L I4


2.5L I4

185 HP


173 HP

178 lb.-ft.


174 lb.-ft.


MPG city/highway


Interior Comfort

Your new sedan should provide ultimate comfort on trips of any length. The Kia Optima and Ford Fusion both offer cloth-trimmed seating, however the 2018 Optima adds leatherette inserts. You’ll also find the Kia Optima to be roomier than the Ford Fusion, which only has 102.8 cu.-ft. of passenger volume, compared to 104.8 cu.-ft. inside the Optima. Additionally, a leather-wrapped steering is only standard with the Kia Optima. Interior Kia Optima features include:

  • Leather-wrapped gearshift knob
  • Six-way adjustable passenger’s seat
  • 10-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • Day/night rearview mirror
  • Remote keyless entry with trunk opener
  • 9 cu.-ft. of cargo space
2018 Kia Optima vs. Ford Fusion

Safety Features

If you require advanced safety features, then you’ll definitely prefer the 2018 Kia Optima. With standard features such as Blind Spot Monitor and Lane Change Assist that are not available with the Ford Fusion, the Kia Optima is the superior choice. Additional Kia Optima safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Cruise control
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Hill start assist control

Manufacturer Warranty

Do you want the peace of mind an excellent warranty provides when you drive your new sedan off the lot? Only one sedan has a superior warranty that provides the coverage you need to protect your new car investment. See the Kia Optima and Ford Fusion warranties compared side by side in the table below. You’ll notice the Kia Optima has a significantly better warranty option with longer coverage provided compared to the Ford Fusion.

Kia Optima


Ford Fusion


Limited Powertrain






Roadside Assistance


2018 Kia Optima Specials

Now that you’ve decided the 2018 Kia Optima is the right sedan to elevate your morning commute, find your favorite model in the 2018 Kia Optima new inventory at Hawkinson Kia in Matteson, IL, and schedule a viewing by calling (708) 782-536. Then, check out our curren finance and lease deals available to see if you qualify for savings on your new Optima sedan!

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