Renowned for its excellent handling, quiet ride and comfortable interior space, the midsize sedan has spent most of its life as the centerpiece of the automotive world. It’s in the goldilocks zone for most drivers who prefer cars, offering more legroom and cargo space than a compact car and yet possessing better handling and fuel efficiency than a full-size or luxury sedan.
Within the sedan segment, the Kia Optima has elevated the midsize sedan to dizzying heights, courtesy of its long list of standard features, range of powertrain options and European-influenced style. Today, we’re comparing the 2020 Kia Optima to a familiar competitor in this space, the veteran Toyota Camry. Can Toyota’s historical presence match the value and design of the relative newcomer? Let’s find out!
2020 Kia Optima
2020 Toyota Camry
|5 (3 gas, 1 hybrid, 1 PHEV)||Powertrain variants||3 (2 gas, 1 hybrid)|
|45.5 inches||Front-seat legroom||42.1 inches|
|39.8 inches||Front-seat headroom||38.3 inches|
|15.9 cubic feet||Trunk space||14.1 cubic feet|
|Standard/Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration||Standard/Not available at any trim level|
|Standard||Rear folding seats||Available|
|16-inch alloy||Base wheels||16-inch steel with plastic covers|
|8-inch touchscreen||Standard infotainment unit||7-inch touchscreen|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|$23,190||MSRP starts at||$24,295|
Yeah…as you can clearly see in the above chart, the 2020 Kia Optima does more to offer a comfortable and driver-focused ride than the 2020 Toyota Camry can muster. Even with significantly more trim levels, the 2020 Kia Optima fails to offer more than two gasoline engines and only a single electrified variant.
With the 2020 Kia Optima, you have three gasoline engines to choose from, a massively efficient hybrid version and a plug-in hybrid that allows you to make small trips without burning a single drop of gas.
Inside, it’s a wonderland compared to the relatively cramped Toyota Camry. You’ll find more headroom and more legroom in the first row as well as a larger trunk to make sure less has to stay home on your excursions. The standard presence of Android Auto integration – a feature wholly omitted from the 2020 Toyota Camry – allows Android users to access their favorite apps and data on the go without touching their phones.
Finally, the 2020 Kia Optima proves Kia’s status as a value leader by offering this much more for less!
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