2016 Kia Optima vs. Its Competition

2016 Kia Optima
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are the best-sellers of this segment, yet neither of them has played the innovator role in recent years.

The Camry has received a mid-cycle refresh for 2015 that’s brought more adventurous styling and some refinement improvements, but it remains a rather traditional sedan.

The Accord is a handsome sedan in its latest iteration, with surprisingly sporty performance and good interior space.

The Nissan Altima isn’t as sporty as it has been in the past, and it doesn’t quite keep with the segment in safety and features, but it’s very comfortable and spacious.

The Mazda 6 is the way to go if you value driving enjoyment; it’s also one of the sharpest-dressed sedans in this group, gets great fuel economy, and is offered with either manual or automatic transmissions.

Finally, the Hyundai Sonata is very closely related to the Optima; in its latest iteration the Sonata has become a more conservative model, although like the Optima it makes major gains in cabin quiet and comfort.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu lineup skips performance models, plush luxury appointments, and all-wheel drive; yet the driving experience, comfortable cabin, and frugal numbers may convince you to trade in that Camry, Accord, or Fusion.
Spacious and fuel efficient, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata is a worthy rival for America's best-selling family sedan.
All-wheel drive for the entire lineup, a big back seat, and excellent gas mileage might be enough on their own to woo family-sedan shoppers; the 2016 Subaru Legacy has that, plus top safety, a smooth ride, and a design that fits right in.
The 2016 Toyota Camry offers a controlled ride and plenty of interior comfort, making it pleasant for the driver and passengers alike.
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Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan LX Turbo4-Door Sedan L w/1VL4-Door Sedan 2.4L PZEV4-Door Sedan 2.5i4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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