If you're looking for a vehicle with a spacious interior but don't want to spend fortune fueling an SUV or crossover SUV, we highly recommend checking out the large car class. The segment is full of great options, like the 2017 Kia Optima. The redesigned 2017 Optima features roomy seating, a big trunk and an impressive fuel economy rating, but how does it compare to tough competitors?
We're putting it to the test, comparing it head-to-head with its sister car: the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. You'll notice many similarities between the two, such as engine options, but what features and specifications set these two impressive vehicles apart from each other? Read on to find out!
2017 Kia Optima
2017 Hyundai Sonata
|25/36/29 MPG city/highway/combined
||EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy Rating
||25/36/29 MPG city/highway/combined
||Not available for all trims
|185 hp; 178 lb.-ft.
||Base Engine Performance
||185 hp; 178 lb.-ft.
|All trims equipped
||Rear Camera Display
The 2017 Hyundai Sonata comes in six trim levels: SE, Eco, Sport, Sport 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T. Three engine options are offered on the vehicle. The SE, Sport, and Limited trims come standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, the Eco trim comes equipped with a 1.6-liter twin turbo 4-cylinder engine that kicks out 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and the Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T trims offer a standard 2.0-liter twin turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows and door locks, 60/40 split folding rear seats, Bluetooth® integration, and a 6-speaker audio system, all of which are also offered on the 2017 Optima.
The 2017 Kia Optima comes in five trim levels: LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX, and SX Limited. The 2017 Optima also offers three engine options: a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder that delivers 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that generates 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that kicks out 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet. If these numbers sound familiar, it's because the exact same engine performances specs are found on the 2017 Sonata. In addition to the standard interior features already mentioned above, the 2017 Kia Optima adds in a standard touchscreen display, a rear camera display, steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, and Drive Mode Select, none of which can be found on the base trim of the 2017 Sonata.
Drivers interested in getting behind the wheel of the 2017 Sonata are encouraged to schedule an obligation-free test drive online today! Have additional questions about the sedan before hopping in the driver's seat? No problem! Simply give our team at Motion Kia a call today!