2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry mid-size sedans performance fuel economy Harman/Kardon audio system Friendly Kia of New Port Richey Tampa Clearwater Spring Hill Trinity FL
2016 Kia Optima 2016 Toyota Camry
$15,535 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $19,554 (The Competition)
28 city, 39 highway Top MPG 25 city, 35 highway
185 Base Model HP 178
104.8 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 101.3 to 102.7
Yes Kelley Blue Book Best Buy for 2016? No

2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry mid-size sedans performance fuel economy Harman/Kardon audio system Friendly Kia of New Port Richey Tampa Clearwater Spring Hill Trinity FL

The mid-size sedan is a crowded class, at times feeling more like the house in "The Brady Bunch" than the classy and refined grouping it is. If you're looking for a vehicle with some size and some courage, but not one that is overflowing with chutzpah to the point where you're driving off-road in a truck, then you need to give strong consideration to which car is superior in the battle of the 2016 Kia Optima vs. the 2016 Toyota Camry.

So, while the Camry is a major name in the vehicle world and has a long reputation for being a quality sedan, the 2016 Toyota Camry lags behind the 2016 Kia Optima in fuel economy, overall value and size. Consider this: The 2016 Optima gets up to 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway - numbers that rival compacts and hybrids - in its LX 1.6T models, and 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway in base LX models. In contrast, the 2016 Camry tops out at 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, with a dip down to 21 city, 31 highway in its V6 models. You'll get more for your money with a 2016 Optima.  

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So does the 2016 Optima have a V6 engine, you might ask? It does not, but three of its five model options have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and these smaller engines get maximum power (245 HP in SX and SX Limited models) and fuel savings for you. Speaking of savings, Friendly Kia offers 2016 Kia Optimas at a starting Friendly VIP Price of less than $16,000, which is a savings of more than $8,000 off the suggested retail value. Our competition's 2016 Toyota Camry is priced starting around $19,554 for base models, and it goes up from there.

And check out how Kia provides a rock-solid 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, which provides significantly more value than the 2016 Camry's 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and its 3-year/36,000-mile limited basic warranty.  

Finally, the 2016 Optima has a more comfortable, spacious interior, with 104.8 cubic feet for passengers and available sport leather seats, while the 2016 Camry has between 101.3 and 102.7 cubic feet in its models for passengers, making it a tighter fit for those long family trips. When you combine the power it possesses, the superior sound system (a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system is available for EX and SX models, standard for SX Limited), the additional space and its more affordable price, the 2016 Kia Optima is the superior sedan. We proudly carry the Kia Optima on our lot, so come on in to look at or test drive this feature-filled sedan at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL, about 20 miles from Clearwater, less than 40 miles from Tampa, and less than 25 miles from Spring Hill.

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2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry mid-size sedans performance fuel economy Harman/Kardon audio system Friendly Kia of New Port Richey Tampa Clearwater Spring Hill Trinity FL