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 excellent value.  It is one of Kia's best-selling models.


2019 Hyundai Sonata

Starting Price: $23,420| Price Yours

Above Average: Tons of tech packed into an affordable and stylish sedan

Below Average: Not the most arresting looking midsize sedan on the road

Consensus: Packed with comfort and value the 2019 Sonata offers a ton of car for the money. 

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. 

For 2019 the Hyundai Sonata carries over from the 2018 model year, though some packages are available at a lower price point. The Sonata comes with a variety of drivetrains including a naturally aspirated, turbocharged, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid varieties, and on the road, it offers sufficient power to get you where you’re going. Our favorite engine is the 2.0-liter turbocharged version that puts out 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque which makes the Sonata feel light and quick. It's paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that is both smooth and responsive. The electric-assist steering has a surprisingly natural feel. Inside the Sonata offers a premium look and feel without the premium price. The base SE model comes with cloth seats and a well-designed, 7-inch touch screen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Step up to the Sonata Limited, and you get automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assistance, and smart cruise control. The top Sonata Limited will run you around $33,000.


Both the Kia Optima and the Hyundai Sonata offer tons of technology for a very good price.

Kia Optima Advantages

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

Hyundai Sonata Advantages

An all-new 2020 model due later this year, so there may be good bargains on this generation’s closeout. 

Final Recommendation

It is a dead tie between these two vehicles as we rated both at 4.4 out of 5. Both the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata offer fantastic technology and options for very competitive prices. They’re both built on the same platform, too. Both come with stellar warranties and offer efficiency and comfort. It is really going to come down to personal preference when deciding between these two midsize vehicles.

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  2019 Kia Optima 2019 Hyundai Sonata
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.4-liter, 4-cyl
Horsepower 185 @ 6,000 rpm 185 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 178 @ 4,000 rpm 178 @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd  Automatic 6-speed
Fuel Economy 27 mpg/24 city/33 hwy 29 mpg/26 city/35 hwy
Also Available 1.6-liter I4, turbo 1.6-liter I4, 1.0-liter turbo I4,  2.0-liter Hybrid  2.0-liter or 1.6-liter turbocharged, inline 4-cyl, or hybrid
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 110.4 inches 110.4 inches
Overall Length 191.1 inches 191.1 inches
Width 73.2 inches 73.4 inches
Height 57.7 inches 58.1 inches
Turning Diameter 35.8 feet 35.6 feet
Headroom, Front 39.8 inches 40.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.8 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 45.5 inches 45.5 inches
Legroom, Rear 56.4 inches 35.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.1 inches 57.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.4 inches 56.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 104.8  cu. ft. 106.1 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft.  16.3 cu. ft.
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