2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Toyota Camry

One of the most competitive segments in the automotive market is hands down the midsize sedan segment, as the vehicles are ideal for families with their balance of performance and fuel economy. The ample amount of space, comfort and technology all also contribute to the appeal of this segment.

Two of the most popular midsize models currently on the market are the Kia Optima and the Toyota Camry. These two models have been competitors for quite a while, as they offer up a similar set of features and functionality. With a closer look at the 2018 models of the Optima and Camry, however, it is clear to see that one of the midsize sedans holds a slight advantage over the other. Let’s take a look.

2018 Kia Optima


2018 Toyota Camry

$22,500 MSRP $23,495
15.9 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume 15.1 Cubic Feet
Three Engine Options Two
Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Not Available

2018 Kia Optima Advantages

One of the first things that you’ll notice is that the Kia Optima comes with a budget-friendly starting price that is roughly $1,000 less than the price of the Camry, which is yet another reason that makes the Optima such a great vehicle for families. Despite the lower price tag, it offers an extra engine option, and a slightly higher cargo volume that helps you to take along everything that you need for the ride.

The three engine options of the Optima all pack four cylinders, and are capable of a range of abilities. There is an efficient 1.6-liter turbocharged option, as well as a larger 2.0-liter powerhouse that manages to produce as much as 245 horsepower. If it’s balance that you’re looking for, you’ll find it in the 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you a healthy mix of power and fuel efficiency.

Here at Archer Kia, the Optima is one of our best-selling models, which means that we always keep them fully stocked. There are plenty of trim and color options, as well as Optima models loaded with each of the engines that we listed above. To learn more about this family-friendly offering, and to see how it continues to beat out the Toyota Camry and other competitors year after year, we suggest that you stop by and see us at Archer Kia. We can help to get you behind the wheel as soon as you arrive.