2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata

The 2018 Kia Optima and 2018 Hyundai Sonata are two evenly-matched midsize sedans in some respects, such as their overall performance and base fuel economy, but the 2018 Optima speeds ahead with advantages in additional features and honors that make it a worthier sedan.

Consider the 2018 Optima's suite of tech which includes Rear Parking Assist System, standard, which is something the Sonata does not share. The 2018 Optima also has a higher peak fuel economy with 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway in its LX 1.6T trim, while the 2018 Sonata tops out with 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. And the 2018 Optima is also more affordable at Friendly Kia, with mid-level trims starting at less than $20,000 with our VIP Price while the 2018 Sonata is nearly $21,000 for the base trim level at the competition.

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2018 Kia Optima Vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata
$19,530 for mid-level trim (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $20,826 for base trim (The Competition)
245 Top Horsepower 245
28, 37 Top MPG (city, highway) 25, 36
Yes Available Nappa Leather Seat Trim? No
Yes Standard Rear Parking Assist System? No
Yes, #2 overall KBB.com "10 Best Sedans" List in 2017? Yes, #3 overall

The Kia Optima Tops the Hyundai Sonata at Tampa-Area Friendly Kia

In addition to these advantages in price and fuel economy, the 2018 Kia Optima has a broader range of seat trim options, with a more-luxurious level that the 2018 Sonata simply does not reach, as the Optima has available high-plush Nappa Leather seat trim, which the Sonata cannot match with its standard leather as the higher-end option.

Enjoy the fuel savings and the style of the 2018 Kia Optima, to go along with its history of IIHS Top Safety Picks (seven consecutive model years through 2017), by taking a model for a test drive on the lot 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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