The Kia Optima and Toyota Camry are reliable and comfortable midsize sedans. Both vehicles make great options for commuters and families. Which one is right for you, though?

Maguire Kia put this 2020 Kia Optima vs. Toyota Camry comparison together to help drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland decide.

Passenger & Cargo Room

The Kia Optima and Toyota Camry offer seating for up to five people. Cloth seats come standard in both models, but leather upholstery is also available. The Kia sets itself apart, though, by offering black sport cloth seats with leatherette bolsters. Unfortunately, the Toyota doesn't have this option.

In addition to offering more seating materials, the Kia gives you more room to stretch out behind the wheel. There are 39.8 inches of headroom and 45.5 inches of legroom. The Toyota Camry is a tighter squeeze up front with just 38.3 inches of headroom and 42.1 inches of legroom.

The Kia Optima also has enough space in the back for three people to sit comfortably. There are 56 inches of hip room and 56.4 inches of shoulder room. Once again, the Toyota feels a bit cramped with only 54.7 inches of rear hip room and 55.7 inches of rear shoulder room.

The Kia even offers a larger trunk with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo room. The Toyota Camry has slightly less storage space with just 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room.

Safety Features

The Kia Optima helps keep you safe with a reinforced steel body cage that features side-impact door beams. Inside, it surrounds you with an advanced airbag system, front seatbelt pretensioners, and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).

You'll also find plenty of driver-assistance features that can help prevent accidents. For example, Driver Attention Warning can detect when you're tired or distracted, then remind you to take a break or focus on the road. There's also a Rear-Camera Display that gives you more visibility when you're backing up.

Some of the other standard safety features include:

  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning

The Toyota Camry comes with lots of driver-assistance features, too. It also keeps you safe with airbags, LATCH, and seatbelt pretensioners. However, it doesn't offer anything that can monitor how you're driving like the Driver Attention Warning system.

Infotainment System

An 8-inch touchscreen comes standard in the 2020 Kia Optima. It's positioned in the center of the dashboard, just above the climate controls. This creates a balanced design and offers lots of smartphone compatibility. It lets you make calls, stream music, and access apps with technology like:

  • Bluetooth®
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™

The Toyota Camry comes with the same kind of compatibility, but it has a smaller 7-inch touchscreen. It's also not as well-designed. The dashboard swoops down at an angle that makes the system look awkward and out of place.

Test Drive Your Next Midsize Sedan

Visit Maguire Kia to learn more about this 2020 Kia Optima vs. Toyota Camry comparison and take a test drive. The Kia Optima offers a safe and comfortable ride to drivers and families in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland.

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