Every Optima Hybrid is decently equipped, but Kia bundles most of the options in a single, high-priced package.
Kia offers the 2018 Optima Hybrid in Premium or EX trim levels with a considerable amount of standard features.
The Optima Hybrid Premium trim includes cloth seats, keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth seats, 16-inch wheels, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment.
We give the Optima Hybrid a point above average for good standard equipment and a large touchscreen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Optima Hybrid EX models add to base models 17-inch wheels, 8.0-inch touchscreen, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and electronic parking brake. Plug-in hybrid models are only available in EX trims.
Kia doesn’t offer many options above a costly tech package that adds active safety features for $5,000 or more. Ideally, we’d like to see that as standard equipment or available separately from other convenience features such as a panoramic sunroof or rear window shades.