Kia Optima vs Honda Accord

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

Basic Warranty

  5yr. / 60,000 mi.

Fuel Capacity

  18.5 gal.


2018 Honda Accord

2018 Honda Accord

Basic Warranty

  3yr. / 36,000 mi.

Fuel Capacity

  14.8 gal.

2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Honda Accord

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The mid-sized sedan market is one of the hottest and most competitive car segments out there. With choices ranging from inexpensive commuters to $100,000 luxury brands, there are enough models and trim levels within those models to make your head spin, but when the rubber hits the road there are a few things the average car buyer is looking for.

The KIA Optima has been around since 2001 and, from humble beginnings, this car has emerged as one of the leading competitors in the current mid-sized sedan market. With KIA’s bold styling and generous standard equipment, the Optima is a formidable challenger. The Honda Accord has been a staple in this segment since the 1970’s with its reliability and brand name becoming almost synonymous with the mid-sized sedan segment.

Cost of Ownership

KIA is a brand that everyone knows for its value. When you say KIA, you expect to get the latest tech and outstanding ride quality for a fair price. The Optima is no exception. Your initial investment will consistently be lower with the Optima when comparing similar trims to the Accord. Where KIA really shines is in the warranty. With a 60-month base warranty and a 120-month/100000 mile Powertrain warranty, you know you’ve got the confidence to keep going farther with a brand that’s backing you nearly twice as long as the Accord.

The Nitty Gritty

I know what you’re saying, “warranties are cool and all, but won’t I be missing out on features and technology that I get in the Accord?” The short answer, NO! The Optima comes well equipped will all the industry standard tech and amenities that you’d expect from this segment as well as a few that Accord won’t even offer to you like:

  • Leather Seats STANDARD
  • Power Driver’s Seat with Memory Settings and Multi-Adjustable Passenger’s Seat STANDARD/li>
  • Navigation System with Auxiliary Jack STANDARD

The WOW Factor

Just take one look at the Optima and you can’t deny that it’s an attractive car. While Accord has continued to give us more of the same old styling that, arguably, has made Accord what it is, the Optima projects a sporty yet refined executive class sedan feel. The proportions of the Optima give it an aggressive and planted stance that begs to be driven, and while the exterior size numbers on paper are very similar to the Accord, the Optima actually wins out in interior cabin space so you’ll also feel a little more comfortable as you pass up a few more gas stations than the Accord.

With the distinct tiger-nose grill up front, smooth elegant body lines flowing to the rear, and a chassis packed full of industry-leading technology, safety, and performance, the Optima is a clear winner in this segment. Stop by and see us at Carriage KIA of Woodstock to experience the 2018 KIA Optima for yourself.