2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Dodge Charger

Dodge sedans are known for their next-level power and a strong design that just screams "muscle car." As the recent ad campaign goes, models like the 2016 Dodge Charger are "Domestic. Not domesticated." Oh, dodge cars have a loyal fan base, for sure. But if you're looking for a midsize sedan, don’t overlook the 2016 Kia Optima, which puts out nice power at an upper level of 245 HP but gets vastly superior fuel economy and provides a more comfortable, spacious ride on the inside.

Let's begin with the starting price. At Friendly Kia, you can get a 2016 Optima for prices starting at less than $16,000, while the 2016 Charger will run you more than $22,000 at competing lots. And when you add in the 2016 Optima's base fuel economy of 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway – figures which can jump to 28 city and 39 highway in its turbocharged trim level (LX 1.6T) - you leave the 2016 Charger in the dust with its peak fuel economy of 19 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, figures which dip even lower in higher trim levels.

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2016 Kia Optima Vs. 2016 Dodge Charger
$15,535 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $22,605 (The Competition)
25, 37 Base MPG (city, highway) 19, 31
Yes 2016 KBB.com Best Buy - Midsize Sedan? No
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
10 years or 100,000 miles Limited Powertrain Warranty Coverage 5 years or 60,000 miles
5 years or 60,000 miles Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty Coverage 3 years or 36,000 miles

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Now let's get down to the spacious interior of the 2016 Kia Optima, which measures 104.8 cubic feet for up to five passengers. While you might like the bumptious power of the 2016 Dodge Charger, but you'll not only sacrifice fuel economy but handling due to its increased size. Case in point: The 2016 Optima's turning circle is 34.8 feet curb-to-curb. The 2016 Charger's turning circle ranges from 37.5 to 38.7 feet, depending on its trim level. Overall, with its size, fuel savings and features like available UVO3 eServices with room for 8GB of music, the 2016 Optima is ready for either families or friends. As a muscle car, the 2016 Charger is more one-dimensional with its size, and best suited for smaller groups.

The 2016 Kia Optima is an award-winning sedan which automotive experts like KBB.com (Best Buy award) and new owners alike (AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award – best in class) adore, and we proudly have it 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 Brooksville, 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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