Acura and Kia aren't always the most likely comparisons, but you might be surprised by how well-heeled and performance-driven Kia cars are. And in a few years, ideally after you've already found a Kia model you like and driven off the lot with it, their quality will be a secret no longer. The evidence is all around you, as Kia is the highest-ranked automaker in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study in both 2017 and 2016, and the Optima itself is an IIHS Top Safety Pick (which measures the most crash-resistant vehicles in each class) seven consecutive years through 2017. The 2017 Acura ILX, a fellow midsize sedan, also has been a recent IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only for the past two years – 2016 and 2017.
If it's power you crave, the 2018 Optima has a top-line peak of 245 horsepower in its SX trim, while the 2017 ILX tops out at 201 horsepower across all its trim levels. And if you would like a vehicle that is more affordable, the 2018 Optima has a starting price of less than $20,000 at Friendly Kia of the Tampa FL area with our VIP Price!
|2018 Kia Optima||Vs.||2017 Acura ILX|
|$19,530 for mid-level trim (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||Starts at $27,990 (MSRP)|
|25, 36||Base MPG (city, hwy)||25, 35|
|28, 37||Top MPG (city, hwy)||25, 35|
|Yes||Available Apple CarPlay?||No|
|104.8||Passenger Room (cubic feet)||89.3|
|Yes||KBB.com "Best Family Sedans" List?||No|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Warranty Coverage - Limited Powertrain||6 years or 70,000 miles|
The 2018 Kia Optima also has a spacious, elegant design, with plenty of room inside for families or stretching out, with 104.8 cubic feet for passengers, while still keeping the fuel economy high and the performance top-notch. The 2017 Acura ILX is decidedly not a family car, or one that you would like to have back seat passengers in, as its interior is only 89.3 cubic feet, and it also checks in with lower MPG even with the smaller interior. The 2018 Optima averages up to 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway while the ILX can only manage 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway.
We hope this has made your decision easier, as the 2018 Optima has the better performance, fuel savings and interior room, as well as features like available Apple CarPlay, when you put it next to the 2017 ILX. Shop for the Kia Optima and save thousands 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. 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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