2017 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

When it comes to hybrid vehicles, it's the little things that mean a lot. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you want a more fuel-efficient vehicle that is less reliant on fuel. And when you consider that a gallon of fuel causes in the neighborhood of 18 to 20 pounds of carbon emissions, the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid's 39 mpg city, 46 mpg highway in both of its trims bests the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's inferior fuel economy, which can go as low as 38 mpg city, 43 mpg highway.

And when you sit inside, while both hybrids have leather seat trim in their top-line trim options, the 2017 Optima Hybrid also has an optional White Leather seat trim for that extra opulence and comfort. Plus, only the 2017 Optima Hybrid has a 10-speaker audio system in its top trim, while the 2017 Sonata Hybrid tops out at nine speakers.

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Vs. 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
192 Net Horsepower 193
39, 46 Base MPG (city, hwy) 39, 45
39, 46 Top-Line MPG (city, hwy) 38, 43
3,486 to 3,538 Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,497 to 3,560
Yes Autonomous Emergency Braking Available? No
10 (Harman/Kardon) Max. Speakers? 9
13.4 Cargo Room (cubic feet) 13.3

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When you're looking for a hybrid, it's also a must to have nice safety features. Both of these midsize hybrid sedans have a lot of nice safety features like smart cruise control (Advanced Smart Cruise Control for the 2017 Optima Hybrid and Smart Cruise Control for the Sonata Hybrid), as well as a Lane Departure Warning System. But only the 2017 Optima Hybrid comes with available Autonomous Emergency Braking, which means if a vehicle of person jumps in front of you at the last moment, the Optima Hybrid can act independently and pump the brakes to keep you safe. The 2017 Sonata Hybrid does not have this helpful feature.

The choice is clear in favor of the 2017 Optima Hybrid, for saving on carbon emissions, for comfort, and much more. We carry a wide variety of new Kia models and used vehicles 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. Please call us at (877) 544-6706 or visit us on the lot so we can set you up with a test drive today.

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