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. 


2019 Honda Accord

Starting Price: $24,615| Price Yours

Above Average: Safety, style, efficiency and reliability are all hallmarks of the 2019 Honda Accord.

Below Average: No more 6-cylinder engine and no all-wheel drive.

Consensus: The 2019 Honda Accord earned Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Award for 2019 because it is a great all-rounder that does almost everything right. 

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 its UVO infotainment system making it more user friendly, too. The 2019 Honda Accord however is one tough competitor because it just does so many things right. It has a potent-enough engine to make it easy to drive, and energetic at the same time, and you can get a variety of engines (hybrid or gasoline) to suit your daily driving needs. For 2019, the top of the line Touring model no longer offers the 1.5-liter engine, though.  The standard Honda Sensing suite bundles advanced safety and driver assistance technology including emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. To many people’s joy, the Honda Accord gets a volume knob back, (which it had lost in previous years) and comes equipped with either a 7-inch or 8-inch infotainment screen depending on how you equip yours. The only niggling point of the interior is the push-button gear selector in the center console.  To get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto you’ll need to step up to the Accord Sport trim for $27,075. That price will also get you 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 8-inch touch-screen display and 19-inch wheels.


Very competitively priced, great feature content at the base and mid-level and very good warranties.

Kia Optima Advantages

You don’t need to step up to a higher trim to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Honda Accord Advantages

Great resale, reliability, and safety equipment.

Final Recommendation

We recommend the 2019 Honda Accord over the 2019 Kia Optima in this comparison. While the Optima offers great content for a bit less money, the Accord is one of the best all-around vehicles and one of Kelley Blue Book's Best Buys for 2019. 

  2019 Kia Optima 2019 Honda Accord
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 1.5-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 185 @ 6,000 RPM 192 @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM
Transmission 6-speed automatic Automatic CVT
Fuel Economy 27 combined/24 city/33 highway 33 combined/ 30 city /38 highway
Also Available  1.6-liter I4, turbo 1.6-liter I4, 1.0-liter turbo I4,  2.0-liter Hybrid  2.0-liter turbo I4, Hybrid
Warranty 5 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 111.4 inches
Overall Length 191.1 inches 192.2 inces
Width 73.2 inches 73.3 inches
Height 57.7 inches 57.1 inches
Turning Diameter 35.8 feet 38.1 feet
Headroom, Front 39.8 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.8 inches 37.3 inches
Legroom, Front 45.5 inches 42.3 inces
Legroom, Rear 56.4 inches 40.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.1 inches 58.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.4 inches 56.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 104.8  cu. ft. 105.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft.  16.7 cu. ft.
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