Compare 2012 Kia Optima vs 2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Kia Optima
2012 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,095
$18,971
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$19,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$330 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features. After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.7 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 103.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 55.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.0 62.9
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 110.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 16.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.1
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 x - TBD - 11.2 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P205/65R16
Spare Tire Size
NA T125/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3206 3161
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
3.7 2.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
186 @ 4250 184 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 6300 198 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.28
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 0.83
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.26 3.27
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.69 1.70
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.59
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.33-3.25 3.25-4.33
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Hyundai Sonata
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
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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