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Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Optima | Laird Noller Topeka
2018 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra


Kia Optima

The Hyundai Elantra vs. The Kia Optima


Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra offers better fuel economy over the Kia Optima — 40 mpg on the highway vs 36 mpg, for example. You’ll also find a variety of powertrain options onboard the Elantra, including an Eco-friendly 128 hp 1.4L turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine. The Kia Optima offers only standard engine options such as the 1.6L 7-speed dual clutch powertrain, with an optional 2.0L Turbo engine.

2018 Elantra front grille


The 2018 Elantra technology features include an integrated memory system (IMS) designed to remember your driver seat and side mirror configurations. This technology is available on the Limited trim level. You’ll also find:

  • Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology.

  • A 3-month trial to SiriusXM Data Services (NavTraffic, NavWeather, sports, and stocks).

  • An available 4.2-inch TFT color instrument cluster display.

Meanwhile, the Kia Optima offers an Integrated Memory System only onboard its EX and SX trim levels with starting MSRPs respectively of $25,600 and $30,500, making the Elantra a better bargain.

2018 Elantra gauges


The 2018 Elantra doesn’t cut corners when it comes to safety. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Available active safety systems, including Forward Collision Warning, AEB, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Smart Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams.

  • Standard ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist.

  • Standard Rear LATCH (Lower Anchors and tethers for Children).

  • Standard Remote Keyless Entry System with Alarm.

The Kia Optima, on the other hands, only offers the standard passive safety technologies and airbags you would expect, and fails to offer the available active safety technologies such as FCW and AEB as found on the Elantra completely. Overall, the Elantra comes out ahead in safety technologies.

2018 Elantra in the woods

Test Drive the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Today

See the 2018 Hyundai Elantra in action today at the dealership, and learn why it’s a truly remarkable sedan at an incredible price. Contact us online or over the phone to get more information about our sales department, service team, and parts center. We look forward to having the opportunity to demonstrate the incredible versatility of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra to you soon!

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