New car shoppers examining the crop of mid-size sedans will find that there is no shortage of options available. While the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are perhaps considered the segment’s legacy cars for their years of exceeding popularity, the field has done more than its share to catch up to and in many ways surpass those two offerings. One of the hottest challengers for the mid-size sedan crown is the next-generation Kia Optima, which outdoes the Camry and Accord on a number of fronts.
The 2017 Kia Optima LX, powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4, provides comparable horsepower and fuel economy to its competition. The Optima LX’s EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway and 185 horsepower both exceed the output of the 2017 Toyota Camry LE’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder and are just a bit behind or equal to the specs of the 2017 Honda Accord Sedan LX’s 2.4-liter I-4.
What sets the 2017 Kia Optima apart is the available LX 1.6T trim, which swaps the 2.4-liter I-4 for a 1.6-liter Turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4 and the standard six-speed automatic for a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This configuration ramps torque up to 195 lb-ft—a figure that no base-level mid-size sedan can match—and boosts fuel efficiency to an impressive 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway/31 mpg combined. If you want the thrill of driving a dual-clutch, only the 2017 Kia Optima LX 1.6T can provide that thrill in a mid-size sedan.
Where neither the Camry nor Accord could hope to match the 2017 Optima is with the protection of Kia’s industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty – Toyota and Honda’s powertrain warranties cover nearly 60% of that mileage and just half of that time length. Same story with basic warranty—Kia’s five-year/60,000-mile coverage is untouched by its competitors.
The 2017 Optima also gets the edge in terms of interior space. The Kia Optima provides 15.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, 39.8 inches of front head room, 56 inches of both front and rear hip room, and 45.5 inches of front leg room, all significantly greater than what either the Camry or Accord provides. In terms of total interior volume, the 2017 Camry provides 102.7 cubic feet and the 2017 Accord provides 103.2 cubic feet, both blown away by the 2017 Optima’s 120.7 cubic feet.
While less quantifiable than output, warranties, or volume, there is another advantage the 2017 Kia Optima has over its competition: style. The new-look Optima looks sleek, powerful, and professional, but it is anything but a stodgy and Spartan performer. Another quantifiable advantage that should make it even more attractive: a significantly lower starting price – the 2017 Kia Optima LX starts at $22,200 MSRP – making it the segment’s best provider of bang for the buck.
Contact us at Bob Sight Kia in Independence, Missouri for more information on the 2017 Kia Optima, or stop by the dealership and take one for a test drive today!