Compare 2015 Hyundai Sonata vs 2014 Kia Optima

2015 Hyundai Sonata
2014 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L SE 25 37 $20,295 $21,150
4-Door Sedan PZEV 2.4L SE 25 37 $20,295 $21,150
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Sport 24 35 $22,083 $23,175
4-Door Sedan PZEV 2.4L Sport 24 35 $22,083 $23,175
4-Door Sedan 1.6T Eco 28 38 $22,293 $23,275
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Limited 24 35 $25,082 $26,525
4-Door Sedan PZEV 2.4L Limited 24 35 $25,082 $26,525
4-Door Sedan w/Brown Seats 2.4L Limited 24 35 $25,082 $26,525
4-Door Sedan w/Brown Seats PZEV 2.4L Limited 24 35 $25,082 $26,525
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Sport 23 32 $26,846 $28,575
4-Door Sedan w/Gray Accents 2.0T Sport 23 32 $26,846 $28,575
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Limited 21 31 $31,425 $33,525
4-Door Sedan w/Gray Accents 2.0T Limited 21 31 $31,425 $33,525
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4-Door Sedan LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX 23 34 $20,579 $21,500
4-Door Sedan EX 23 34 $22,429 $23,950
4-Door Sedan SX 23 34 $23,877 $25,500
4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 20 31 $25,763 $27,500
4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 20 31 $32,963 $35,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,295
$20,579
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,150
$21,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$353 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata blends in better than ever in the top tier of family sedans. The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 34.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.4 40
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.1 102.2
Second Hip Room (in)
56.1 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57.3
Second Head Room (in)
38 37.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 45.5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.3 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.4 72.1
Track Width, Front (in)
63.5 63
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
191.1 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 63
Wheelbase (in)
110.4 110
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 15.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12 11.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 11.2
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P205/65HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3252 3237
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
640 760
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
178 @ 4000 181 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 6000 192 @ 6300
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 34
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 4.21
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.80
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.64
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 6.8 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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