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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LX
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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
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $20,010 $20,895
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $20,010 $20,895
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $22,277 $23,545
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $24,170 $25,845
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $24,170 $25,845
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,170 $25,845
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,170 $25,845
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 22 34 $23,727 $25,095
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 22 34 $25,790 $27,595
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 22 34 $25,790 $27,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,010
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$348 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome. With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 54.7 55.2
Second Leg Room (in) 34.7 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 40 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.2 103.8
Second Hip Room (in) 54.5 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 57.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 56.7
Front Leg Room (in) 45.5 45.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 63 62.9
Wheelbase (in) 110 110.0
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.1 72.2
Track Width, Front (in) 63 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 189.8
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 57.9
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 16.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 11.8 x - TBD -
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 x - TBD -
Brake Type - Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 35.8
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 14.5
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.94
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/65HR16 P205/65R16
Spare Tire Size NA T125/80D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/65HR16 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3237 3316
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 X 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 X 6.5 16 x 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 760 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 110
Engine
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Gasoline Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 181 @ 4250 184 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.4 L/144 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 192 @ 6300 198 @ 6300
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 35
Transmission
Trans Order Code NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.39 1.386
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 0.772
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.21 4.212
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.88 2.885
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.80 1.800
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.000
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.38 3.385
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.64 2.637
Clutch Size (in) - NA
Summary
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front Strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - 0.9
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - 0.6
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.8 (Est) 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 2.69
Crash Test Ratings
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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