2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Volkswagen Passat

Forget everything you know about midsize sedans. That is, of course, unless you're already familiar with the 2016 Kia Optima, in which case we're on the same page - you'll want to remember this sedan. Because this amazing midsize has the whole package; in baseball, it would be considered a "five-tool player" thanks to its elite combination of features, performance, awards and value that make it an upgrade over competition like the 2016 Volkswagen Passat.

Let's start with the base LX models for the 2016 Optima. They come equipped with a nice 185 HP, which is plenty to get you off the blocks and changing lanes with ease. 2016 Passat models start with a lesser 170 HP, and the 2016 Passat also takes a hit in peak miles per gallon, with 25 city, 38 highway compared to the 2016 Optima's 28 city, 39 highway in LX 1.6T models. These are but a few of the factors that won the 2016 Optima the KBB.com Best Buy Award for midsize cars.

And look at the sticker price on each of these sedans: The 2016 VW Passat will run you nearly $23,000 at competitor lots while the 2016 Optima starts at around a value-packed $16,820 with the Friendly Kia VIP pricing. That's savings you can take to the bank. And the 2016 Optima's warranty will give you the security the Passat cannot give you, with additional years of coverage overall.

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2016 Kia Optima Vs.  2016 Volkswagen Passat
$16,820 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $22,775 (The Competition)
185 Base HP 170
28 city, 39 highway in LX 1.6T Top MPG 25 city, 38 highway
104.8 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 102
Yes Kelley Blue Book KBB.com Best Buy?
No
Yes KBB.com 16 Best Family Cars of 2016? No
10-yr/100k-mile powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper

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We'll pass the microphone over to the experts, who have given the 2016 Kia Optima a trunkful of awards, such as a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for models with optional front crash prevention, which means not only is the 2016 Optima a fuel-saving car with nice features, it's also very impact-resistant. This has also been noted by Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, who named the 2016 Optima one of the 16 Best Family Cars for 2016. And you better believe your family or your friends will enjoy the 2016 Optima's 104.8 cubic feet of passenger room, easily topping the 2016 VW Passat's 102 cubic feet, and the Optima's available Harman/Kardon 10-speaker masterpiece of an audio system.

You name the quality you're looking for in a midsize sedan, and the 2016 Kia Optima has it in spades. We are over the moon to carry the Kia Optima on the lot at Friendly Kia, located at 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 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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