Better Sedan: 2017 Kia Optima vs 2017 Toyota Camry
Serving Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw, GA
In the automotive world of sedans, the Camry and Optima are fierce competitors. The Camry enjoys an outstanding, long-lasting reputation for being reliable and dependable since 1982, while the Optima was first introduced in 2000. Consumer Reports gave the 2017 Kia Optima much higher ratings in road tests, reliability assessments and overall customer satisfaction compared to the Camry’s ratings. While both cars are excellent choices for those in the market for a mid-size sedan, the Kia Optima gets better performance ratings, is overall less expensive, has better fuel economy and is slightly bigger inside and out.
While both vehicles are equipped with a base four-cylinder engine, the Optima has several Turbo options available as well on higher trim levels. The Camry offers no turbo, only a V6 for upper trims, which sacrifices fuel economy. On paper, the Optima’s turbo offerings come very close to competing with the Camry’s V6 and moreover, the Optima’s turbocharged engines are much more efficient.
In comparing the base four-cylinder engines for each vehicle, the 2017 Optima produces 185 peak horsepower, while the Camry only reaches 178. If you upgrade the Optima to the 2.0L turbo engine, that horsepower changes to 245 and 260 lb-ft of torque. As far as torque ratings for the base engines, the Optima produces 178 ft-lbs to the Camry’s 170 ft-lbs.
Fuel Economy *
The Optima earns slightly better fuel economy than the Camry with both vehicles getting 24 mpg in the city, and the Optima getting 34 mpg for highway driving, slightly more than the Camry’s 33. When comparing the Optima’s 2.0L turbo and the Camry’s V6, the Optima still gets slightly better fuel economy, 22/31 mpg city/highway for the Optima and 21/30 mpg for the Toyota.
Interior Space and Technology
Because the Optima is slightly longer and a bit wider, it affords more interior space for passengers and the driver. Overall passenger volume is larger at 104.8 cu. ft. vs. 102.7 cu. ft. Two cubic feet might not sound like much, but it could be the difference between a tall person feeling comfortable with head room and leg room than not. The trunk is larger as well, at 15.9 cu. ft. vs. the Camry’s 15.4 cu. ft. In addition to interior space, the Optima offers many technology-friendly options for those who need extra support for devices and smartphones. The front console has up to two 12V outlets (depending on the trim level you choose), as well as a USB charging port and available wireless charging. An additional two USB ports are available for installation in the center console. The Camry only offers one USB port in the entertainment center.
Stop by our Kia dealership today to test drive a 2017 Kia Optima to see how it compares to a Toyota Camry and discover how it can meet all your driving needs for comfort, entertainment and performance.
* Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.