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2019 Kia Optima

Starting Price: $23,820 | Price Yours

Above Average: Great overall value, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, tons of advanced safety features and a warranty that blows many competitors out of the water.

Below Average: No all-wheel drive option.

Consensus: The 2019 Kia Optima is a good-looking midsize sedan that gets good fuel economy, great tech, and very good value.  It is one of Kia’s best-selling models. 
 

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2019 Toyota Camry

Starting Price: $24,765| Price Yours

Above Average: Safety, efficiency and reliability are all hallmarks of the 2019 Toyota Camry, plus V6 and hybrid power available.

Below Average: No all-wheel drive nor Android Auto.

Consensus: The 2019 Toyota Camry is the best version of the Camry yet. It’s sporty, fuel efficient and gets advanced driver assistance features as standard. 

 

The 2019 Kia Optima gets a handsome new exterior as well as a suite of upgraded Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) as standard including things like forward collision avoidance assistance, driver attention warning, and lane keeping assist. While most people may not consider the Optima a sport sedan, our editors think it comes awfully close. The transmission is smooth and responsive and the Optima offers four different driving modes that make it enjoyable to drive in a variety of conditions. The interior of the Optima has a ton of high-quality materials and includes a Harman Kardon sound system. For 2019 Kia updated it’s UVO infotainment system making it more user friendly, too.

The 2019 Toyota Camry is in its 8th generation and comes packed with features. Toyota has upgraded the styling and made the Camry sportier. It comes with an available V6 engine or hybrid and a wide variety of standard safety features packaged into Toyota’s Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) including adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, collision warning, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning with steering assist. The interior is comfortable and modern and the 7- or 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use. The 2019 Camry has better driving dynamics than its predecessors and delivers a more fun-to-drive experience. The steering is more precise and the new 8-speed automatic transmission is decent. Camry’s hybrid gains bragging rights as the first mid-size sedan to break the 50-mpg efficiency barrier and gets a 52-mpg rating from the EPA. That’s better than the hybrid Kia Optima.

Similarities

Both vehicles are very well equipped at the entry level, especially when it comes to safety features. Neither one offers all-wheel drive, but both have a hybrid option.

Kia Optima Advantages

Good looking, tons of standard safety equipment and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard.

Toyota Camry Advantages

Great resale, reliability, and safety equipment.

Final Recommendation

We recommend the 2019 Toyota Camry over the 2019 Kia Optima in this comparison because of its reliability and resale value. The Camry continues to be the king of midsize sedans and it’s a tough vehicle to beat even if it doesn’t offer Android Auto. 

  2019 Kia Optima 2019 Toyota Camry
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6000 RPM 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 27 combined/24 city/33 highway 34 mpg (29 city, 41 hwy)
Also Available 1.6-liter I4, turbo 1.6-liter I4, 1.0-liter turbo I4,  2.0-liter Hybrid  3.5-liter V6, 2.5-liter I4 gas-electric hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 6 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 110.4 inches 111.2 inches
Overall Length 191.1 inches 192.1 inches
Width 73.2 inches 72.4 inches
Height 57.7 inches 56.9 inches
Turning Diameter 35.8 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.8 inches 38.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.8 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 45.5 inches 42.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 56.4 inches 38.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.1 inches 57.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.4 inches 55.7 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 104.8  cu. ft. 100.4 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft.  14.1 cu. ft.
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