2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry

If you’re in the market for a new midsize sedan, you have plenty of options to choose from. There are a lot of good competitors in the midsize sedan class, but we think none are better than the 2016 Kia Optima and the 2016 Toyota Camry. Both of these midsize sedans offer comfortable and spacious interiors, sporty styling options, excellent fuel efficiency ratings, and a variety of engine options.

We know how important it is to do thorough research before deciding to purchase or lease a new car, so we’ve put together a detailed comparison of the 2016 Kia Optima vs the 2016 Toyota Camry. What features and specs set these two midsize sedans apart from the rest of their class? More importantly, what features and specs set them apart from each other?

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2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry
185 hp; 178 lb.-ft. Horsepower and Torque 178 hp; 170 lb.-ft.
10-year/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5-year/60,000 miles
104.8 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 102.7 cu. ft.
28 mpg EPA Estimated combined fuel economy 28 mpg

The 2016 Toyota Camry comes in an overwhelming eight trim levels: LE, XLE, SE, Special Edition, XSE, Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE and Hybrid XLE. The 2016 Camry also gives drivers three engine options to choose from, depending on trim level. A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC that makes 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque comes standard on the sedan trims, while the hybrid trims offer a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC VVT engine. The higher sedan trims also have an available 3.5-liter V6 DOHC engine that makes 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Looking for safety features? The 2016 Camry comes standard with safety features like ten airbags, 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, driver and front passenger Whiplash-Injury-Lessening seats, side-impact door beams and energy-absorbing crumple zones.

The fully redesigned 2016 Kia Optima comes in four trim levels: LX,, EX, SX and SX Limited. The LX AND EX trims come standard with a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. The LX also comes available with a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Looking for something a little more powerful? The SX and SX Limited trims come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Standard safety features of the 2016 Toyota Camry include a rearview camera, dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist Control, the Anti-Lock Braking System, the Tire-Pressure Monitoring System and many more. If you’re looking for more advanced safety features, the 2016 Camry has you covered there too. Available safety features include the Blind-Spot Detection System, Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart Cruise Control and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

Both the 2016 Kia Optima and the 2016 Toyota Camry are excellent options if you’re in the market for a midsize sedan. That being said, we think it’s clear that the 2016 Kia Optima has the competitive edge with more advanced safety features, a lower MSRP, higher passenger volume, and more powerful base engine. It’s obvious that the 2016 Kia Optima really checks all the boxes.

2016 Kia Optima available sunroof
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2016 Kia Optima available technology features

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