New Toyota Camry Slips Behind New Kia Optima in Side-By-Side Comparison

When looking at a side-by-side comparison the 2017 Kia Optima and the 2017 Toyota Camry, it's immediately clear that both are front runners in the midsize sedan market. But the new Camry slips behind the Optima in several key features. The first is price. If cost is an issue, the overall sticker price of the Kia Optima is generally lower than the Toyota Camry. For that lower price, owners find more value for their buck in terms of standard features on the Kia Optima.

New Kia Optima Boasts Advanced Powertrain & Greater Comfort Over New Toyota Camry

Despite the Optima's smaller engine size, it boasts more horsepower than the new Camry. Kia also takes advantage of the 7-speed Dual-Clutch transmission which is not available on the Toyota Camry. Midsize sedan new car seekers will find an abundance of standard convenience features on the 2017 Kia Optima that are missing from the 2017 Toyota Camry. Some of the features found on the Optima are:

  • Power folding exterior mirrors with LED turn signals
  • Hill-Start Assist Control
  • Available Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™
  • Available Rear Park Assist
  • Available ventilated front seats
  • Available heated outboard rear seat cushions
  • Available heated steering wheel

As always, both Toyota and Kia put safety first and both the Camry and Optima are no exceptions. Both vehicles have received a 5-star overall rating on the NHTSA crash test, however the Toyota Camry only scored 4 stars on the Frontal Crash Test compared to the 5 star score of the Kia Optima. Some of the advanced safety features offered by the Optima are: Electronic Stability Control, Brake Assist System, Vehicle Stability Management and Traction Control System. Those features taken into consideration with the Kia standard safety features of body construction that includes more than 50% Advanced High-Strength Steel, a comprehensive airbag system that includes full length side-air bags and three-point seat belts for all seats with lower tethers and anchors for children, make it easy to see why the new Kia Optima is considered a safe family car.

Kia Optima Warranty Way Ahead of Toyota Camry Warranty

Owners of a 2017 Kia Optima will enjoy the Kia New Vehicle Limited Basic Warranty of 5-years/60,000 compared to the Camry's 3-years/36,000 mile warranty. Toyota offers Camry owners a 5-year/60,000 mile Limited Powertrain Warranty. Whereas, Kia offers Optima owners a 10-year/100,000 mile Limited Powertrain Warranty. If you'd like to see your new Kia Optima options in Dubuque, IA, we invite you to call or come by Finnin Kia. As Dubuque's trusted Kia source, we proudly serve the Kia needs of the communities of Madison, Rockford, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Davenport!

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