A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Ford Fusion

2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Ford Fusion

In recent years, the Kia Optima has come into its own as a midsize sedan. The Optima has always poised a strong value proposition for sedan buyers, the latest model has been improved with more advanced technology that allows it to compete with top in-class rivals. Comparing the 2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Ford Fusion shows just how much ground the Kia sedan has made up in the current model year. The 2018 Optima has had its trim offerings streamlined for the current iteration. As a part of those revisions, the current Optima comes with a large touchscreen interface for the sedan's infotainment system that is also compatible with applications from today's most popular smartphone platforms.

Both the 2018 Kia Optima and 2018 Ford Fusion are compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto suites. However, of the two sedans, only the 2018 Optima makes this capability available across all five of its available trims. Owners of the 2018 Optima start out with a 7-inch touchscreen with which they can use most of their favorite applications and functions. By comparison, the 2018 Fusion doesn't offer this capability until a potential buyer moves beyond the entry-level base trim. Additionally, the base Optima LX trim also comes with automatic headlights, heated mirrors, remotely-operated locks and a driver information display. 

2018 Kia Optima 2018 Ford Fusion
2.4-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
185/178 Horsepower/Torque 175/175
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
15.9 cu.-ft. Trunk Space 16 cu.-ft.

Performance Specs: 2018 Optima vs. 2018 Fusion

Most versions of the 2018 Kia Optima use the same strong-performing powertrain. The standard engine and transmission setup for the current Optima is a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. Potential owners can expect to be able to take advantage of 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Looking at the Ford Fusion, the competing sedan uses a slightly larger four-cylinder engine which tops out at 175 horsepower. Additionally, the 2018 Optima can record strong fuel economy scores.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the current Optima posts 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. On the other side of the coin, the less powerful engine of the Fusion also doesn't return the same level of fuel efficiency. The EPA says the 2018 Fusion will get 21 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

A front view of a white 2018 Kia Optima parked on the road
A rear quarter photo of a white 2018 Kia Optima driving on the road
A close up photo of the infotainment system in the 2018 Optima.
A photo of a smartphone in a tray located in the front of a 2018 Optima