Compare 2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $23,453 $25,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX 24 35 $21,396 $22,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX Turbo 28 39 $22,800 $24,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 22 32 $27,865 $29,940
Optima 4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 22 32 $33,435 $36,040
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 36 40 $24,350 $25,995
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan EX 35 39 $29,856 $32,195
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4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic R-Line
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic R-Line 25 38 $22,993 $23,975
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic R-Line PZEV 25 38 $22,993 $23,975
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic R-Line w/Comfort Pkg 25 38 $23,736 $24,750
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic R-Line w/Comfort Pkg PZEV 25 38 $23,736 $24,750
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S 25 38 $21,520 $22,440
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S PZEV 25 38 $21,520 $22,440
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE 25 38 $25,203 $26,280
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE PZEV 25 38 $25,203 $26,280
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Technology 25 38 $27,245 $28,410
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Technology PZEV 25 38 $27,245 $28,410
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL 25 38 $29,245 $30,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL PZEV 25 38 $29,245 $30,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL Premium 25 38 $32,865 $34,270
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 25 38 $32,865 $34,270
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG R-Line 30 42 N/A N/A
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG R-Line w/Comfort Pkg 30 42 N/A N/A
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG S 30 42 N/A N/A
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG SE 30 42 N/A N/A
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG SEL 30 42 N/A N/A
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG SEL Premium 30 42 N/A N/A
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI Manual R-Line 30 44 N/A N/A
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI Manual R-Line w/Comfort Pkg 30 44 N/A N/A
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $35,325 $36,835
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,453
$22,993
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,140
$23,975
Monthly Payment Estimate
$419 / month
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct. The 2016 Volkswagen Passat gets a little more excitement in its features and details, while staying safe where it counts.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
56 -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.8 102
Second Hip Room (in)
56 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 61
Wheelbase (in)
110.4 110.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.1 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
191.1 191.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 15.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12 12.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (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)
- 36.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P235/40HR19
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P235/40HR19
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3362 3263
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
800 330
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 6000 170 @ 4800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
178 @ 4000 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 1.8 L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 29
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 4.04
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 6.1 (Est)
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
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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