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Kia Optima vs. Honda Accord


Kia Optima vs. Honda Accord

The Kia Optima and Honda Accord are two very popular sedans, so it can be hard to tell which one is better in the long lists of specs. We’ve got an easy comparison for you to read to help you decide!


The Kia Optima is a little less expensive than the Accord, and since the Accord’s base model is a manual transmission, you have to pay even more for the automatic, so the Kia wins in terms of pricing.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Optima and Accord have comparable fuel economy, both at 37 mpg highway. At the base level, they both produce 185 horsepower, and while the highest trim level of the Accord boasts a higher performance output than the Optima, this comes with a noticeable decrease in fuel economy. The Optima doesn’t come with a V6 engine, just Turbo 4-cylinders, unlike the Accord, which needs a V6 engine to achieve its highest hp.

Interior and Exterior

 The Kia Optima is slightly more spacious than the Accord and has more cargo space, though the two are quite close. Both have optional infotainment systems, Kia UVO eServices and HondaLink, which have similar ratings.


Notably, all of the Optima’s safety features come standard, whereas many of the Accord’s are add-ons you have to pay extra for. They have many comparable qualities, but the Optima’s safety features edge the Accord’s out.


The Optima and Accord are very close, but given the Optima’s superior fuel economy in higher trims, some better features, and an arguably more comfortable cabin, the Optima is the winner of this round.