2019 Kia Optima vs 2019 Hyundai Sonata

2019 Kia Optima vs 2019 Hyundai Sonata
2019 Kia Optima 2019 Hyundai Sonata
Front Shoulder Room
  58.1 in. 57.9 in.
Parking Assistance
  Standard Not Available on all Trims
Front Hip Room
  56.0 in. 55.3 in.

2019 Kia Optima vs 2019 Hyundai Sonata

Serving Woodstock, GA

By the numbers, the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Hyundai Sonata are tied for the #6 spot in midsize sedans. But at the end of the day, the Optima is a better bet for your next car. While the Sonata remains unchanged this year, the Optima gets a design overhaul that gives it a fresh new look. This includes revised headlights that are brighter and more aesthetically pleasing. It also has more wheel choices and more features by trim. It also has a suite of new interior amenities, a more advanced infotainment system, and a more luxurious interior overall. While the 2019 Sonata gets a few more standard interior amenities this year, it essentially remains unchanged on the outside from the previous model year. So if you’re looking for a more stylish and exciting new car, the Optima delivers.


One of many areas where the Optima excels is performance. There are four trim levels of the 2019 Optima and three engines. The base engine is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine. Even with the base engine, you’ll get a powerful 185 HP output and a maximum 178 lb-ft of torque. The EX gets a 1.6L turbocharged engine with four cylinders and 16 valves. This engine has a power capacity of 178 HP at 5,500 RPM. The top-level trim, called the SX, gets a 2.0L turbocharged engine with four cylinders. The premier engine on the SX has an impressive power output of 245 HP at 6,000 RPM. Its maximum torque production is 260 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is standard on all but the EX trim, which gets a standard seven-speed automatic. With the 2019 Hyundai Sonata, you’ll only get a choice of two engines.

Exterior Styling

When it comes to looks, the 2019 Optima stands out for its glossy black grille, its sporty bumpers, and chrome accents around its exterior. Heated outside mirrors and solar-shielding glass are standard features. LED running lights are standard on all trim levels and LED fog lights are offered on select models. Variable intermittent windshield wipers are another highlight. Along with the standard colors,
the 2019 Optima is offered in a glamorous white pearl paint color. This premium paint is optional on every trim level. Although the 2019 Sonata also gets LED lights, LED fog lights are not offered. This sedan also comes with some chrome accents on the outside, but it falls short of the Optima’s more distinctive and sportier styling.

Interior Amenities

Inside, both sedans offer updated technology and creature comforts. But with more space and an overall more luxurious cabin, the 2019 Optima edges out the Sonata. An eight-inch infotainment screen is standard even on the base model. The system comes standard with satellite radio on the second trim, and it gets navigation and HD radio on the top-level SX. You’ll get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at all trim levels. The Optima comes with a number of notable standard safety features too, including lane-change assist, a panoramic backup camera, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning. The Sonata comes standard with a smaller infotainment screen (starting at seven inches) that is only upgraded to eight inches at the higher trim levels. Its interior feels more cramped than the Optima’s with less legroom. Furthermore, the Eco trim lacks available add-on options.

If you’re in the market for a midsize sedan in 2019, the 2019 Optima and the 2019 Sonata are both top contenders. The Optima, however, offers more in the way of style, luxury, and interior quality. When you add up all that both offer, the Optima clearly stands out. However, you’ll have to try them both out to see how they compare. We look forward to your phone call or online inquiry today to learn more and arrange a test drive.