Kia Optima vs Hyundai Sonata in Vallejo

How Does the Kia Optima Compare to the Hyundai Sonata?

The midsize sedan segment is a crowded one with many available models, but the Kia Optima sedan rises above the competition with a host of impressive standard features including a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and rear parking assist. The Hyundai Sonata is a formidable opponent offering performance and technology features, too, but it doesn't quite match the value and innovation packed into every trim level. Still not sure? Take a moment to explore the two sedans side by side, and we think you'll agree, there's simply no topping the Kia Optima.

Power and Performance

The Kia Optima and the Hyundai Sonata have nearly identical powertrains, but the Optima edges out the Sonata with additional options and features that maximize performance. The Kia Optima LX, S, and EX models are all equipped with a 2.4 liter, DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine that produces 185 horsepower and delivers impressive fuel economy. The Optima LX 1.6T offers a little more spring in your step with a 1.6 liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 Turbocharger matched with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The new Optima SX 2.0L Turbo is the right choice for drivers who value a sporty driving experience with tight handling and responsive steering, with Kelley Blue Book writing that the the Optima SX Turbo feels "more agile and fun than many of its competitors." Drivers who place a premium on performance and driving excitement will find the Optima lineup offers more - and superior - choices than that of the Hyundai Sonata.

Sophisticated Features and Amenities

While both sedans comfortably seat five adults, you'll find your passengers in the rear have a bit more headroom in the Kia Optima. You'll find superior comfort in the Optima thanks to a 12-way power driver's seat with four-way lumbar cushion and an integrated memory system (IMS) that are available on every trim, while the Sonata only offers an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat on certain models. The Optima offers luxurious, high quality trims throughout the interior including sumptuous available Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.

As you move through the trim levels, you'll enjoy additional available features such as laminated front-side windows, advanced safety features like active cruise control and automatic emergency breaking, an around-view monitor, and more. A favorite new available feature is the available harman/kardon QuantumLogic7 surround audio system with the Cari-Fi feature that helps restore old MP3 files. This superior audio system is fantastic, and you won't find it on the Hyundai Sonata.

Superior Advanced Technology

Today's drivers want to stay safely connected on the road, and the Kia Optima makes doing so quick and easy, allowing you

to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. The standard subscription-free UVO infotainment system with a 7" Touch-Screen Display offers what Kia calls an "enhanced telematics suite" along with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to make integrating and accessing your smartphone's functionality seamless. Standard Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist- not standard offerings on the Hyundai Sonata - allow you to drive with confidence and peace of mind. The Kia Optima also offers a suite of technologies called Kia Drive Wise which can alert you of potential collisions or help you avoid them altogether.  

Visit Monument Kia to Test Drive the Kia Optima Today

The best way to experience all that the Kia Optima has to offer is to stop by our Vallejo, CA new Kia dealership and take a test drive. Our knowledgeable sales team would be happy to answer any questions you may have and would love to help you explore the many standard and available features on the new Kia Optima. We look forward to working with you at Momentum Kia!


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