2017 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2017 Kia Optima

In the past, many people did not consider buying vehicles from the Pacific Rim, mostly because some of them did not have good build quality. However, those days are long gone, and the region produces some excellent vehicles these days. Hyundai and Kia variants are case in point. However, though both vehicles are technically appealing, it is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata which ultimately trumps the 2017 Kia Optima when it comes down to the details. Some of the reasons for this are discussed below.

Design & Style

While some of the past Kia’s have been designed to have presence, the 2017 Kia Optima seems bland compared to the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. The nearly absolute lack of detail in the exterior design means that it’s unlikely that most people will look twice at it.

In terms of the interior, both vehicles are well-appointed, with options such as leather seats and high quality trim. However, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata feels more spacious and more well-organized, and this gives the driver a sense of control. Passengers are also likely to feel a lot more comfortable in the Hyundai owing to the presence of more leg and head room.

Technology & Safety

The Kia Optima does not disappoint when it comes to technology and safety features, with offerings such as antilock braking systems, an excellent satellite navigation system as well as lane change assist and blind spot detection and more.

However, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata has much more to offer in this domain. Some of the features you will get in the base Hyundai include an electronic parking brake, a high definition navigation system, an integrated rear view camera with dynamic guide lines and a proximity key. Rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, automatic emergency braking and automatic high beam assist are also available to keep you safe when driving the Hyundai.


The Kia Optima’s standard model ships with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine generating 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. This is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The base 2017 Hyundai Sonata also ships with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 185 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Though the cars’ powerplants are nearly identical, the Hyundai’s is better tuned, and has an ECU mapped to provide the best driving experience whether you need it to be sporty or when driving slowly in town. The Hyundai also feels much more controllable.

The Bottom Line

When all the facts are considered, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a superior choice to the Kia Optima. Whether you are shopping for a sedan that offers luxury, longevity, reliability or simply a car to move you from place to place, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata will perform better than the Kia Optima.

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Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.