You probably can't look at a mid-size sedan without at least entertaining the idea of the segment's best-sellers, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
The Honda is polished and refined—a tough act to beat.
The Camry, meanwhile, is up for a redesign that looks to bring a lot to the table.
Look out from those "defaults," however, and there's a lot of shopping to do.
Check out the Optima's under-the-skin twin, the Hyundai Sonata, which has been tuned differently but is solidly worth a look.
And don't miss the impressive Subaru Legacy and Chevrolet Malibu, two underrated mid-sizers that deliver lots of value, features, and safety.
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|2017 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2017 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2017 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2017 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings||2017 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|LX 1.6T DCT||4-Door Sedan L w/1VL||2.4L||2.5i||LE Automatic (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Chevrolet Malibu||2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Hyundai Sonata||2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Subaru Legacy||2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Toyota Camry|