2017 Kia Optima vs 2017 Hyundai Sonata 

Entirely redesigned for 2017, the Kia Optima rivals some of the most popular and long-standing midsize sedans on the market. As you might have noticed from your own personal research, the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata share a number of similarities because they are in fact sister cars under the same automotive group's umbrella. Even with that being the case, the 2017 Kia Optima vs 2017 Hyundai Sonata comparison identifies a number of glaring differences between the two.

One of the immediate differences between the two vehicles is their style. Just this past year was a full redesign year for the Kia Optima and the most obvious change is its slender, winged grille and narrowing headlights trimmed in bright LED lights. The 2017 Sonata has a much softer and milder front end compared to more aggressive and almost menacing face of the all-new Optima.

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2017 Kia Optima vs 2017 Hyundai Sonata
25 city/ 37 hwy mpg Fuel Economy Rating 25 city/36 hwy mpg
Yes Apple CarPlay Available Yes


LX 1.6T



SX Limited
Trim Levels




Sport 2.0T


Limited 2.0T
Yes Hybrid Available Yes

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Cargo and Passenger Space: Good news for drivers and families who aren’t looking to cross over to something quite as large as a crossover SUV, like the Sportage or Sorento, there is a huge advantage to choosing a sedan like the Kia Optima which is spacious enough to comfortably seat five adult passengers and still have enough storage space as well.

For those who want to stick with a sedan, having a roomy interior and large trunk are important points to hit on and both the Kia Optima and the Hyundai Sonata exceed expectations. With all of the seats in place, the Kia Optima creates 15.9 cu.ft of cargo ft. and rear seat passengers are able to stretch out in 35.6 inches of legroom.

Efficiency and Power: Two engines are available to the 2017 Kia Optima; the first of which is a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Higher trim grades, the SX and SX Limited, are powered by a 2.0L turbo which fires up even more fun and 245 horses to be exact. Drivers who have set out to find a sporty yet affordable sedan, might we direct your attention toward the Kia Optima SX? This trim takes arms up with the 2.0L turbo, upgrades to 18-inch wheels, and adds a rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, sport-tuned suspension, and flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters.

To learn more about each Kia Optima trim level and and how the Optima compares to other sedans, we invited you to schedule a test drive or get in touch with one of the Archer Kia team members. We look forward to meeting with you soon!

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