South Korean-made Optima and Sonata are pretty much the same cars overall. However, there’s one huge difference for 2015 which will be remedied next year. Both 2016 Kia Optima and 2016 Hyundai Sonata will be next-gen models with the difference that Sonata already shifted generations for above mentioned year model.
Both models are offered with the choice between base 2.4L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine and 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder available in top grades. The 2016 Kia Optima version generate 192 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque or 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque respectively from turbocharged engine, while Sonata offers slightly lower output: 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque with base and 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque with turbo engine. Hyundai’s model, however, offers another choice in rare Eco model and its 1.6L turbocharged I-4 making 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and mated to 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Otherwise, both cars have 6-speed automatic gearbox and standard front-wheel drive.
2016 Hyundai Sonata
From design’s standpoint, differences are hard to notice, if you look deeper that is. From the surface, these models have their design “disagreements” in both front and rear end fascia’s. Their profiles are slightly different as well, but they have almost the same headlight which coupled with overall body language, gives away the fact that these cars are close cousins. Apart from Eco trim level in Sonata, both cars are offered in five distinctive forms: three with base and two with turbo engines.
2016 Kia Optima Vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata
The 2016 Kia Optima’s feature list closely follows that of 2016 Hyundai Sonata and vice versa. There just aren’t enough distinctive differences which could tip the scales to one side or the other. Leather seats are offered in top grades of both models, and so are heated seats, more refined accents and advanced infotainment systems. One might think that Sonata has the edge being first to reach next generation, but things rarely change dramatically even with generation shifts. Yes, Hyundai has improved Sonata’s ride, but Kia will do the same with Optima, no doubt about it.
2016 Kia Optima Interior
For now, though, Sonata comes away with slightly richer safety features list as it offers forward collision warning, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and active cruise control. Optima lacks advanced active safety systems, but it does offer a rearview camera, blind spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts on all but entry level models. Still, 2016 year model should fix this and yet again make Optima on par with Sonata.
2016 Hyundai Sonata Interior
The 2016 Kia Optima is currently rated at 23/34 and 20/31 mpg with base or turbo engine respectively. Expect these figures to rise in 2016 and come close to Hyundai Sonata’s 25/37 or 24/35 mpg with corresponding engines. Both models also offer hybrids which are rated identically at 38 mpg combined, but Sonata definitely wins this one as its Eco models with 28/38 mpg can’t be beaten. Looking at the price we also need to add that Sonata is slightly cheaper, for about $500, starting from $21,000, and its top tier is also more affordable, ending at $33,500 in comparison to Optima’s $35,500.
Sonata Vs Optima
The 2016 Kia Optima and 2016 Hyundai Sonata is easy to compare, but deciding which one is better is rather hard. These are basically the same cars and Kia’s model will always have slightly more flair when exterior design is concerned. Still, we have to go with Sonata on this one as it is slightly more affordable and offers better fuel efficiency thankfully to very efficient engine option. If you want more power from your car than you will certainly opt for the Optima.