2020 Kia Optima Vs. 2019 Lexus ES

comparison of 2020 Kia Optima Vs. 2019 Lexus ES

In the automotive world, the midsize sedan holds a sort of power over the three-box segment. After all, the midsize sedan is the classic shape most drivers associate with the word “car.” Drivers throughout history have chosen the midsize sedan for the vehicle’s ability to balance power, handling, comfort, quietness and interior space for passengers.

For Kia, the Optima has become a crown jewel in the South Korean manufacturer’s lineup. Feature a decadent swept-back design reminiscent of a sports coupe, loads of interior comfort and convenience technology features and three exhilarating and dependable powertrain options, the 2020 Kia Optima is the best Optima yet. Today, we’re taking our praise one step further by comparing the 2020 Kia Optima to its analog from Japanese luxury brand, Lexus. It’s the 2020 Kia Optima against the 2019 Lexus ES.

2020 Kia Optima


2019 Lexus ES 350

3 Engine options 1
31 combined MPG Maximum fuel economy 26 combined MPG
121 cubic feet Passenger space 100 cubic feet
Standard/Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility Standard/Not available at any trim level
10 years/100,000 miles Engine/powertrain warranty 6 years/72,000 miles
Top Safety Pick + IIHS safety designation Top Safety Pick +
$22,990 MSRP $39,750

Kia Optima Competes with and Bests Luxury-Segment Staples

As the above chart illustrates, the 2020 Kia Optima does more than just compete with fixtures of the luxury segment like the 2019 Lexus ES, it speeds past them. While both models offer FWD drive, the 2020 Kia Optima has three engine options allowing you to choose between fuel efficiency, power or to balance them with the brilliant 2.4-liter engine that’s standard.

With the 2020 Kia Optima, you’re also getting more space inside for passengers - over 20% more passenger space than the 2019 Lexus ES, in fact.

One of the few features we’re really surprised by is the omission in the 2019 Lexus ES 350 of Android Auto from any of its models. We knew that Toyota had omitted Android Auto from the list, but figured that if you’re spending up to $50,000 on a luxury sedan, you’d want the ability to use your phone’s applications. Luckily, this compatibility is standard in the 2020 Kia Optima.

Is the Kia Optima a luxury car? Not quite. It doesn’t match the singular powertrain on the 2019 Lexus ES 350 for horsepower. Does it come really really close and cost almost $15,000 less than the 2019 Lexus ES 350, however? Yes, it absolutely does. For more information on the 2019 Kia Optima or to schedule a test drive at Tampa Bay’s favorite new Kia dealership, contact us today!