2015 Kia Optima vs. Its Competition

2015 Kia Optima
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Kia Optima, in its current form, has been around for four years.

And in that short time, Kia has completely revamped this model (and most of its model line), transforming the Optima from a frumpy bargain sedan into something with a lot more flair and features.

Although it's not as fresh as the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord -- all of which were redesigned for 2013 - and its Sonata platform-mate gets a full refresh for 2015, this Optima remains competitive.

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

The 2015 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 new 2015 Hyundai Sonata, it takes a more conservative design direction, and we expect more refinement and comfort out of it compared to the current version.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2015 Kia Optima meets all your needs in a sensible four-door sedan, but exceeds expectations for more flair and features.
9.0
The 2015 Ford Fusion continues to offer an excellent blend of top-notch safety, solid fuel economy, and stunning good looks–all without compromising on interior space and comfort.
8.4
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata blends in better than ever in the top tier of family sedans.
8.2
The stunning exterior of the 2015 Mazda 6 isn't leading you on; with an athletic driving experience and a lot of sophistication for the money, this a charming sedan with a surprisingly frugal side.
8.2
If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes.
MSRP From    
$21,840$22,500$21,150$21,190$22,300
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 40 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-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan EX4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L SE PZEV4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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