2019 Kia Optima vs. Its Competition

2019 Kia Optima SX 2.0T
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

So loaded is the market with good choices that mid-size sedan shoppers should allot plenty of time for test-drives.

Our current favorite is the Honda Accord, with its roomy interior and sublime road manners.

The Hyundai Sonata shares its engines and its underpinnings with the Optima, but it comes across dour in comparison.

The Toyota Camry has a lot more personality now than ever before, although its looks aren’t for everyone.

Ford discounts its Fusion heavily, making the attractive four-door a good choice for buyers on a budget; catch it before Ford discontinues the model, soon.

The latest Nissan Altima seems more snug inside, but offers all-wheel drive as an option as well as a trick new turbo-4 engine; you just can’t have them together.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2019 Kia Optima doles out great safety, good looks, and lots of features to rise near the top of the family-car ratings.
6.0
The 2019 Ford Fusion’s good looks get shoppers in the door, but this sedan is starting to show its age.
6.5
The 2019 Hyundai Sonata aims squarely for value-minded shoppers who want a long warranty, and hits a bullseye.
6.3
The 2019 Nissan Altima is a sharper sedan now, made better with great active safety features and a newly available turbo-4.
6.8
The 2019 Toyota Camry discards its plain vanilla personality in favor of vanilla bean.
MSRP From    
$22,990$22,840$22,650$24,000$24,095
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Large CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
S AutomaticSE FWDSE 2.4L2.5 S SedanL Automatic (SE)
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/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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