The Perfect Midsize Sedan for 2018
2018 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2018 Kia Optima
Research is essential when it comes to buying a car. With the sophistication, technology, and seemingly endless competition in today’s automotive industry, you have a lot of choices. Of course, here at Schomp Hyundai, we believe in making car buying easy.
We do that every day on our lot with a friendly and knowledgeable staff, great financing options, and a comfortable atmosphere, but we also want to make things easy before you ever arrive in our showroom. One way we like to do that is with vehicle comparisons, like this one between the Hyundai Elantra and Elantra GT. For midsize sedan shoppers, we’re comparing the 2018 Hyundai Sonata near Denver, CO against on of its best-known peers, the Kia Optima.
For the sake of this comparison, we’ll be looking at the Sonata SE and the Optima LX, which start at similar MSRPs, although the Sonata comes in about $500 less expensive.
Under the hood: Comparing performance and power
The 2018 Sonata and Optima are actually very similar vehicles, with the two manufacturers sharing the same parent company. Both models come equipped with a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a 6-speed transmission. Fuel economy is identical as well, with EPA estimates coming in at 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway/29 mpg combined.
While the differences are minor, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata offers more space than Kia’s midsize sedan. With more headroom in the front and the rear and more cargo space, taller passengers and trips to the grocery store will be a little easier.
Both of these vehicles have a number of higher level trims. For the 2018 Hyundai Sonata near Denver, CO, the base model includes great features like a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a rearview camera, and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alerts. Higher trims include things like a hands-free trunk opener, heated and ventilated seats, and many active safety features to keep you and your passengers safe.
While the 2018 Hyundai Sonata and 2018 Kia Optima are similar in some ways, the Sonata stands out with incredible styling, great interior features, and a superior experience behind the wheel.