2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Chrysler 200

We're looking at two heavyweights in the midsize sedan class, though for two different reasons, with a comparison of the 2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Chrysler 200. The 2016 Kia Optima is built for road conquest, with a sleek design that takes its cues more from the Autobahn than from the automotive competition, while the 2016 Chrysler 200 starts out in base models that check in at 260 pounds more than base 2016 Optimas, at 3,479 pounds to the Optima's 3,219 pounds.

And this weight difference has a profound impact on these two vehicles. The 2016 Optima gets 25 mpg city, 37 highway in base models, which tops the Chrysler 200's 23 city, 36 highway, but it also has a sporty feel, with its tiger-nose front grille and lean shape, while the Chrysler 200 not only gets inferior fuel economy but features a more stoic, thick look, with a taller, chunkier design from front to back.

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2016 Kia Optima Vs. 2016 Chrysler 200
$16,820 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $18,200 (The Competition)
25 city, 37 highway (28, 39 in LX 1.6T) MPG 23 city, 36 highway
185 Base HP 184
Yes 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick? Yes
Yes KBB.com 16 Best Family Cars of 2016? No
10-yr/100k-mile limited powertrain Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile limited powertrain

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The midsize sedan is a nice vehicle for combining engine performance with passenger room, and the 2016 Kia Optima is up to the task, with a base HP of 185 and a top output of 245 HP in top-line models, while also supplying a nice 104.8 cubic feet of room for passengers. If that doesn't sound impressive, then consider many midsize sedans have around 100 cubic feet or less, which makes for more knees shoved into front seats and more complaints about elbows clunking in the back on family trips. The 2016 Optima is built to avoid that and for you to enjoy the open road with its superior fuel economy, space and design. But don't just take our word for it: The 2016 Kia Optima is expert-tested and kid-approved, with awards like the Kelley Blue Book KBB.com 16 Best Family Cars for 2016, among others.

The choice is simple: The 2016 Optima is faster, more value-packed, and has more of the tech you desire, like available Apple CarPlay and voice-command navigation. We carry the 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. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us so you can take the Kia Optima for a test drive today. 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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