2021 Kia Optima vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Kia Optima is related to the Hyundai Sonata, although the Kia offers all-wheel drive and different looks—both look great.

The Honda Accord is the standard-bearer in the class, although it’s beginning to look aged.

The Toyota Camry offers all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain, but relatively conservative looks.

The Subaru Legacy has the most restrained looks of the bunch, but standard all-wheel drive on all sedans.

The Nissan Altima has available all-wheel drive too, but a much plainer interior.

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Quick Specs
The 2021 Kia Optima is the automaker’s mid-size sedan that not only starts a new look but also a new identity.
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The 2020 Honda Accord is one of the best sedans available, a must-drive for any shopper.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan steps out like Joe Jackson among cut-and-paste shapes from the past.
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The 2020 Nissan Altima is a handsome sedan with a great-looking price.
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The 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan is a stellar value with impressive tech.
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The 2020 Toyota Camry has more personality than ever thanks to a new TRD version.
MSRP From     
N/A$23,870$23,400$24,100$22,745$24,425
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/AMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
N/ALX 1.5T CVTSE 2.5L2.5 S SedanCVTL Automatic (Natl)
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
N/ACVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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