In the midsize sedan category, there are two cars that always stand out for their performance, efficiency, and reliability. We're taking a closer look at the 2019 Kia Optima vs. Hyundai Sonata in this space, exploring some of the key similarities and differences between the two vehicles.

Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton motorists looking for their next vehicle can read this review from the Maguire Kia team to learn more about each car's performance, interior amenities, and safety features.

Optima vs Sonata Performance

When it comes to what powers each of these vehicles, they're quite similar. The 2019 Kia Optima is outfitted with a 2.4L engine, which produces 185 horsepower. There's also a turbocharged 1.6L engine which offers a bit more power to take on the highway. The top trim comes with a turbocharged 2.0L engine, which delivers 245 horsepower, the best option for those who do a lot of highway driving and perform pass-and-merge maneuvers.

With the Hyundai Sonata, you'll find a similar setup, with a trio of engines available. The base engine is a 4-cylinder which gets 185 horsepower. The 178-horsepower engine gets better fuel economy, while the top trim features a 245-horsepower engine. When comparing gas mileage, both the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are similarly efficient.

Cabin Comforts

The exterior stylings of each sedan give you an idea of what they're all about. When you finally step inside, you'll be able to see a welcoming and comfortable cabin. The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are fashioned with premium materials, which gives the cabin a classy feel. You'll have enough room for the entire family, too, with seating for five available in each car.

Standard infotainment features found in the interiors of these cars give you that extra boost whether you're heading out to work or on a long drive. The base infotainment system in the Sonata includes a 7-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth® wireless functionality. While the Kia Optima also comes with Bluetooth®, the standard touchscreen is a tad larger, checking in at eight inches.

You'll have both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability in both the Optima and Sonata. Thanks to this, you'll be able to choose a song from your phone, respond to text messages, or use navigation functionality.

Kia Optima vs Hyundai Sonata Safety

The Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are loaded with safety features meant to protect you while out on the roadways. The Hyundai Sonata comes with standard Blind Spot detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, along with Lane Change Assist. Pick up on cars in your blind spot and be one step ahead at all times.

The 2019 Kia Optima comes with the Kia Drive Wise suite of safety features. Standard features include Lane Keeping Assist-Line and Forward Collision Avoidance Assistance-Car. Every Optima also comes with Blind Spot Collision Warning.

2019 Kia Optima vs Hyundai Sonata: The Verdict

The 2019 Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata certainly have a lot in common as you've seen from this comparison.

For your drives around Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, we invite you to see what makes the Optima unique, here at Maguire Kia. Schedule a test drive online today.

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