2017 Kia Optima vs. Its Competition

2017 Kia Optima
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

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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The Kia Optima is a distinctively stylish and capable mid-size sedan worth serious consideration.
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is a solid mid-sizer in the segment, punctuated by good, efficient powertrains, and a quiet ride.
The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a strong family-sedan value, with inconspicuous looks hiding top-notch safety and fuel economy.
The safety and all-weather performance of the 2017 Subaru Legacy are convincing enough. Consider the roomy sedan's value at any trim and decent gas mileage, and it's no wonder it was our Best Car to Buy for 2015.
The 2017 Toyota Camry is a comfortable commuter without much pretension; a very good appliance for car buyers who prefer substance over style.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 38 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    
LX 1.6T DCT4-Door Sedan L w/1VL2.4L2.5iLE Automatic (Natl)
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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