2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Buick Regal

Let's face it, we're not getting any younger. Time is passing even as you read this. However, that doesn't mean you need to drive a car that looks your age – or worse yet, looks older than you. This is the conundrum you face if you're trying to choose a midsize sedan between the 2016 Kia Optima and the 2016 Buick Regal. One of these is more vibrant, more fuel-efficient, more flat-out fun to drive than the other; the other is the 2016 Buick Regal, which shares the hallmarks of that automaker – well-built vehicles with nice power but a stoic design and handling that stagnates in comparison.

So let's get to the 2016 Kia Optima, which stands out on any lot, with its mischievous "tiger nose" front grille and confident stance, with a Euro-style sportiness that still maintains a puckish side. The 2016 Optima not only has more space on the inside for your passengers than the 2016 Regal with 104.8 cubic feet to the Regal's compact-like 96.8, but this additional space for your passengers doesn't hamper its fuel economy. The 2016 Optima gets a wallet-friendly 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway while the 2016 Regal gets an inferior 19 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, unless you select a model with eAssist tech which bumps the Regal's fuel-efficiency up to nearly the 2016 Optima's level.

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2016 Kia Optima Vs. 2016 Buick Regal
$16,820 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $26,995 (The Competition) 
185 Base HP 182
25, 37 MPG (city, highway) 19, 31 (25, 36 with eAssist)
Yes 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
Yes AutoPacific 2016 Best in Class Ideal Vehicle - Midsize Car? No
35.8 Turning Circle (feet) 38.1
104.8 Passenger Volume (cubic feet) 96.8

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Besides the sacrifices you make with the 2016 Buick Regal in the size and fuel economy categories, you also start off with less power in base models, with 182 HP compared to the 2016 Optima's 185 HP. And besides all of these advantages, the 2016 Optima can also be yours for thousands less than the 2016 Regal with the Friendly Kia VIP starting around $16,820, a steep discount from the 2016 Regal's approximate $27,000 starting price at the competition.

So we have a midsize sedan that has more space, costs less and has more power in base trim levels in the 2016 Optima, which also recently won AutoPacific's 2016 Ideal Vehicle Award for Midsize Sedans and is also one of the most impact-resistant in its class, thanks to its 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. the 2016 Regal has neither of these awards on its mantel. So if you want to drive a youthful, more affordable, more high-octane sedan come check out the 2016 Kia Optima at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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