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2018 Kia Optima Named One of 2018 Safest Cars by U.S. News & World Report

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2018 Kia Optima

Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which conduct thorough safety tests on cars, the editors of U.S. News & World Report have determined the “17 Safest Cars of 2018.” Every car on the list earned a perfect 10 from the pub, and it’s no surprise the 2018 Kia Optima secured a spot.

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According to U.S. News & World Report Writer, Steven Loveday, “For 2018 Kia adds more standard safety equipment to the Optima. It includes rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring. Several advanced safety technologies are available, such as automatic high beams, a surround-view camera, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking.”

The 2018 Kia Optima earns a Top Safety Pick Plus rating for the SX model (must be manufactured post January 2018) boosted by the Limited or Technology packages. The addition of these packages equips the model with LED headlights with High Beam Assist and autonomous emergency braking, making it a TSP+ rated vehicle.

Loveday reports that the 2018 Kia Optima retains “five-star ratings across the board” from the NHTSA.

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The 2018 Kia Optima is available at five trim levels — LX, LX 1.6T, EX, S, and SX Limited. Standard driver assist technologies include Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist. An Anti-Lock Braking System, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) also come standard.

News Source: U.S. News & World Report