2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Subaru Legacy

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When you’re in the market for technology, comfort and refinement, you probably want a midsize sedan. While most manufacturers offer a midsize sedan entry, many of them as their flagship model, the class has been weighed down a true lack of flourish, or even personality, by its entrants. Enter these two. Both the 2018 Kia Optima and the 2018 Subaru Legacy feature unique selling points that make them stand out from the beige sea of competing midsize sedan models.

The Optima features a beautifully-crafted, European-styled design that echoes luxury and boldness. What the Legacy lacks in design, it makes up for in performance. A worthwhile competitor, with a pedigree for multi-terrain performance, the 2018 Subaru Forester serves as a sensibly-bought ticket into the Subaru owners’ cult club. Symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard on the Legacy, which trades efficiency for some of the best available traction.

2018 Kia Optima


2018 Subaru Legacy

36 miles/gallon Highway MPG (higher is better) 34 miles/gallon
45.5 inches Front-Row Leg Room (higher is better) 42.9 inches
110.4 inches Wheelbase (higher is better) 108.3 inches
15.9 cubic-feet Trunk Volume (higher is better) 15 cubic-feet
3219 lbs. Base Curb Weight (lower is better) 3514 lbs.
185-horsepower Standard Horsepower (higher is better) 175-horsepower

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Comparing the two vehicles, it becomes easy to see the advantages given by the 2018 Kia Optima. Where Subaru has foregone interior refinement and exterior design for an AWD system in the 2018 Subaru Legacy, the 2018 Kia Optima provides a stunning exterior design, driver-centric interior and host of standard tech and safety features.

Important reasons many drivers have for buying sedans, such as miles per gallon, leg room, cargo space and a more comfortable drive are all answered by the 2018 Kia Optima, which also bests the Legacy in horsepower. You’ll enter the highway comfortably and be able to pass cars with more confidence than ever before in the 2018 Kia Optima.

An extended wheelbase ensures a more comfortable ride, and 5 trim levels guarantee a range of configuration options - there's a Kia Optima out there with your name on it.

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2018 Kia Optima Exterior and Interior Color Options

Packed with features for individuals and families alike, the 2018 Kia Optima is a sensible entry in the midsize sedan class. One of the most compelling reasons to choose the Optima over class competitors is its unique European executive car style. The thought paid to design of the 2018 Kia Optima is underscored only by the number of beautiful and well-finished color options available. In this blog, we look at both exterior paint color options and interior fabric choices.

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