2019 Kia Optima Vs. the Competition

comparison collage showing 2019 kia optima vs other sedans

Midsize sedans are typically prized for their high-value balance between comfort, convenience, technology and performance. They offer a solid ride that approaches all these traits without compromising on any of them. In this class, models also work to prioritize value and deliver excellent performance at a fair and budget-friendly price.

The Kia Optima has undergone a major evolution in this class. Beginning as a value-only player, the Optima added more competitive features and an alluring style to become a dark horse contender. These days it’s as much a contender in the class as even the most storied models like the Toyota Camry. In fact, you will see that the Optima is even stronger.

Spec/Feature

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Toyota Camry

2019 Honda Accord

2019 Nissan Altima

Engine Options 3 2 2 2
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Standard Standard Available Standard
Front-row legroom 45.5 inches 42.1 inches 42.3 inches 44.1 inches
Passenger space 121 cubic feet 100 cubic feet 106 cubic feet 101.8 cubic feet
Average fuel range* 573.5 miles 493 miles 488.4 miles 576 miles
IIHS safety designation Top Safety Pick + Top Safety Pick + Top Safety Pick Top Safety Pick
J.D. Power Initial Quality Study mass-market leaders? Yes No No No
Engine/powertrain warranty 10 years / 100,000 miles 5 years / 60,000 miles 5 years / 60,000 miles 5 years / 60,000 miles
Bumper-to-bumper warranty 5 years / 60,000 miles 3 years / 36,000 miles 3 years / 36,000 miles 3 years / 36,000 miles
Starts at $19,250 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price** $23,845 $23,720 $23,750

Kia Optima Moves from Dark Horse to Class Leader

Sneaking into first place, the 2019 Kia Optima has managed to bring more value to the class than any other of its peers. For starters, the 2019 Kia Optima is a more versatile model – allowing you to choose between three engine options, a hybrid variant and two available transmissions.

Technology sees several standard features included like Kia DriveWise safety technology, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, six-speaker audio and more.

When it comes to recognition, the 2019 Kia Optima is already ahead of the pack. Contributing to Kia’s status as mass-market leader in the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, the 2019 Kia Optima is a dependable midsize sedan that aims to raise the bar for how long drivers can expect to have their car.

Finally, Friendly Kia has the 2019 Kia Optima at over $4,000 less than the competition starts*. As Tampa Bay’s highest-inventory and lowest-priced Kia dealership, you’ll find plenty of models available at a better price. We also have some of the area’s highest ratings from reputable sites like Dealer Rater, Yelp and Facebook.

For more information on the 2019 Kia Optima or to test-drive one, contact us today!


*Average fuel range is calculated by multiplying EPA’s combined MPG by the fuel tank size. Kia model used is 2019 Kia Optima EX.

**Best Friendly Kia VIP price is as of the date of this page’s publication and not the date of its access. All pricing is at the final discretion of Friendly Kia staff and subject to change without warning or notice. For current pricing, contact Friendly Kia.