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2014 Kia Optima vs. Its Competition

 
2014 Kia Optima
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The Kia Optima turned into a completely different kind of car with its last redesign in 2011.

In short, it graduated from being a bland yet high-value offering to one that's top-notch, sophisticated, and full-featured.

The changes to the Optima for 2014 aren't all that significant, but it doesn't need much in styling or interior appointments to take on the latest Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord--all of which were redesigned for 2013.

The Optima most directly faces the Accord, with its good compromise between ride and handling.

The all-new 2014 Mazda6 is also a strong rival in style, and it actually drives with more verve than the Optima, although the Mazda's infotainment systems are inferior to the Optima's.

The Ford Fusion is one of our favorite cars on the market, with great handling and a rakish appearance to match that of the Optima.

Meanwhile, the base Nissan Altima beats the Optima's highway mileage, with up to 38 mpg on the highway.

And as for the Hyundai Sonata, it's closely related to the Optima, but we like the Kia for its simpler, more elegant styling--that we think will age better.

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8.4
/ 10
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The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
9.0
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The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers.
8.8
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The 2014 Honda Accord keeps with this model's super-sensible reputation; but with accessible safety technology, great fuel economy, and unparalleled composure, the affordable models in the lineup are better deals than they've ever been.
8.2
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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.
8.2
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The 2014 Mazda 6 is a beauty, with refined, perky powertrains and a driving experience that mostly delivers on what the exterior suggests.
8.2
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Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
MSRP From     
$21,500$21,970$21,955$21,450$20,990$22,170
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD

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