Compare 2014 Kia Optima vs 2014 Hyundai Sonata

2014 Kia Optima
2014 Hyundai Sonata
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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
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic PZEV GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $20,532 $21,450
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic PZEV GLS 24 35 $20,532 $21,450
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $22,978 $24,300
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 21 32 $24,428 $25,850
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $25,231 $27,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic PZEV Limited 24 35 $25,231 $27,000
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 21 32 $26,760 $28,650
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,579
$20,532
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,500
$21,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$358 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
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. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
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
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
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.9
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
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
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
Front Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3237 3245
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
760 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 150
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
181 @ 4250 179 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
192 @ 6300 190 @ 6300
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
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
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 4.21
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.73
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.8 (Est) 6.5
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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