Midsize sedans offer a compelling case for the timeless value of the three-box car. These vehicles often showcase a brand’s best technology, most elegant styling and have some of the most comfortable rides for their passengers. For Kia, the Optima has always been a vehicle focused on challenging and leading the mass-market segment in which it competes. Its aspirational qualities go beyond its refined design, however. Inside, the 2020 Kia Optima is a veritable technology powerhouse.
Today, we’re matching up the 2020 Kia Optima against the 2020 Honda Accord – a model that has been on the market for decades. Can the veteran Accord match the endless style, technology and comfort of Kia’s midsize sedan? Let’s find out!
2020 Kia Optima
2020 Honda Accord
|2 – Hybrid, PHEV||Alternate fuel variants||1 - Hybrid|
|6-speed automatic||Standard transmission||CVT|
|18.5 gallons||Fuel tank||14.8 gallons|
|121 cubic feet||Passenger space||106 cubic feet|
|6 speakers||Standard audio system||4 speakers|
|8-inch touchscreen||Infotainment unit||7-inch touchscreen|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration||Available|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|$23,190||MSRP starts at||$23,870|
As is clear in the above chart, both the Honda Accord and the Kia Optima are top of their segment. Both models offer a lot at a price that is appealing to shoppers in the midsize sedan class. However, their subtle differences are where Kia is able to break away and prove the incredible value of the 2020 Kia Optima.
The first difference between the two is in their approach to the vehicle’s powertrain – its engine and engine components that serve as the beating heart of your car. For Kia, it means starting with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine that gets great fuel efficiency with some good passing power. Honda starts their range with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, adding unnecessary complication and causing a lag between throttle and power.
The transmission also serves as a point of disparity between the two models, seeing Kia offer a smooth and tested 6-speed automatic transmission compared to Honda’s CVT.
Interior amenities like a larger infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and standard lumbar support for the driver further mark the 2020 Kia Optima as a car that looks more like a luxury car than the 2020 Honda Accord.
For more information on the 2020 Kia Optima or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!