2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Honda Accord

2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Honda Accord

There is no sense in hiding the fact that the Honda Accord has been hugely successful in the midsize sedan class. Kia has recognized this challenge and built the current version of the Kia Optima to be able to go toe-to-toe with the long-time segment leader. Comparing the 2017 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Honda Accord clearly shows just how much of the gap between the two sedans has closed. There are several areas where the Optima matches and even overtakes the Accord, giving customers another strong option in a segment filled with great options. The 2017 Optima is just one year removed from a complete redesign, but Kia has added a number of additional accessory packages to keep buyers interested.

Starting at the base trim for both the 2017 Kia Optima and 2017 Honda Accord, each option has a very similar set of equipment. However, the Kia Optima has a manufacturer's suggested retail about $3,000 less than that of the Honda Accord. Some of the features included with the Optima LX are 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, remote-controlled locks, driver information display and selectable driving modes. Additionally, several of the standard features found with the Optima LX are only available on Accord trims higher up the ladder, adding to the overall price. Owners of the 2017 Kia Optima also have a slightly larger trunk than what is offered on the Accord.

2017 Kia Optima 2017 Honda Accord
2.4-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.4-L, 4-Cyl.
185/178 Horsepower/Torque 185/181
Six-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed manual
15.8 cu.-ft. Trunk Space 15.5 cu.-ft.

2017 Optima vs. 2017 Accord: Performance specs

Depending on which trim of the 2017 Kia Optima a Serra Trussville Kia customer chooses will dictate which of the sedan's three engines are equipped. The base option is a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine making 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. This is nearly identical to the amount of power available from the 2017 Honda Accord. Kia isn't done there, however. There is a sub-trim available at the base level, LX 1.6T which uses a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine making 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Adding a turbocharger allows this version of the Kia Optima to give drivers a boost in performance without sacrificing much, if any, fuel economy.

At the top of the 2017 Kia Optima food chain is the sporty SX trim. This version uses a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and has peak performance scores of 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. To get a similar style of boost from the Accord, Honda employs a V-6 engine which makes more power than the 2.0-liter engine but will certainly also use more fuel.

The sleek lines for the 2017 Optima are as slick as any other vehicle in its class
The Kia Optima was fully redesigned in 2016

A folding rear seat is standard on the 2017 Optima but not on the 2017 Accord
Interior materials for the 2017 Optima can match or beat anything the Accord has to offer

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