Ford Fusion vs Kia Optima

When you're torn between choosing sedans like the 2018 Ford Fusion and 2018 Kia Optima, it helps to look at their similarities. However, you'll also want to pay close attention to their differences. Each of these vehicles offer a great deal to their drivers, but at Richmond Ford West, we're here to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump get a sense of how these sedans differ. By learning about these particular differences, choosing your next sedan will be easy.

Keep reading this Ford Fusion vs. Kia Optima comparison to see which sedan is the better pick for you!

Ford Fusion vs Kia Optima Specs

There are similarities right from the start, with the Fusion offering a 2.5L 4-cylinder and the Optima including a 2.4L 4-cylinder at their base levels. Both engines deliver a similar output; however, the real differences are present when you bring in each vehicle's optional engines.

  • The Ford Fusion offers a 1.5L turbo and the Kia Optima includes the available 1.6L turbo, with the Fusion delivering 181 horsepower, which has a slight lead over the 178 horsepower that the Optima is capable of.
  • Both vehicles offer a 2.0L turbo that delivers 245 horsepower.
  • The Ford Fusion 2.0L turbo gets 275 lb-ft of torque, while the turbo in the Optima produces 260 lb-ft of torque.

Cabin Entertainment & Technology

The 2018 Fusion and Kia Optima each offer some impressive entertainment and technology features to their drivers. Each vehicle includes a display screen that's mounted into the dashboard and provides easy access to the media options. However, the Ford Fusion screen includes enhanced voice recognition, which saves drivers the trouble of taking their hands off of the wheel and their eyes off of the road.

  • Each vehicle includes a radio, USB and auxiliary inputs for media players, and even Bluetooth® technology for both hands-free phone capabilities, as well as smartphone audio streaming.
  • Each vehicle offers an optional SiriusXM® trial subscription, but the Ford Fusion trial is twice as long as the one available with the Kia Optima.

Standard Safety Features

When it comes to safety, both sedans include an advanced airbag system that measures the force of impact and adjusts the inflation accordingly. Each vehicle also includes stability and traction control systems. These systems will detect wheel slip and activate to provide specific brake pressure to help the vehicle regain traction.

The Ford Fusion also includes important systems, including:

  • SOS Post-Crash Alert™: This feature automatically unlocks the doors and activates the interior and hazard lights immediately after a collision.
  • MyKey®: This system helps you educate your teen driver by limiting their top speed and restricting amenities like the stereo until all passengers are buckled in.

2018 Ford Fusion vs 2018 Kia Optima

In this Ford Fusion vs. Kia Optima comparison, you learned a great deal about what each of these sedans offer. However, you also learned that the Ford Fusion offers a bit more in each of these categories. You can learn even more about the Ford Fusion by dropping by Richmond Ford West. You can get a great sense of this sedan by seeing it up close or taking it out for a spin.

Contact our team at Richmond Ford West for more information today. We're here to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump make the right decision when choosing their next car.

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