2018 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2018 Kia Optima

Car enthusiasts all over Springfield are already feeling the heat when it comes to choosing which sedan to pick. Most car manufacturers tweak a few of the features we see in previous versions to have a say above their competitors. A closer look at the 2018 brands tells us which car stands stronger, faster, more efficient, and better styled than the others. Take for example a comparison between the 2018 Hyundai Sonata vs. the 2018 Kia optima; the features we will look at will show why the numbers tilt towards the Hyundai more than the Kia.

Design & Style

Both models have stepped up since 2016, with Kia doing a fine job on the exterior roofline of the four-door. It features a curvier coup-like roof, running down gradually towards the rear seat area, careful to leave some decent headroom for the passenger at the back. The Sonata however is a killer, with its hexagonal grill that features at its front area, girded firmly along with a combination of LED headlights and an array of spotlights right at the edges of the grill.

The 2018 Sonata also features a curvy roof with a hatchback-like profile at the rear end, a much-needed injection to the exterior styling of the sedan. Taking a look inside the two cars, you will love the dashboard that features on the Optima, pushing various functionalities further into the corners. You will however agree that the Hyundai takes the day, as it offers up to 8 inches of an infotainment screen on its dash, as well as cohesive array of well-arranged buttons in customs of beige, grey and black.

Technology & Safety

The 2018 Kia Optima scores exceptionally when it comes to safety features. You will find all trims of the Optima equipped with standard auto-levelling headlights, rollover protection systems, lane depart warnings, integrated signal mirrors and a couple of airbags.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata adds to it some cool safety-tech features like the stability control, cross traffic alerts, blind spot monitors, rear-view cameras and a cool adoptive cruise and lane control at an extra cost if desired. It is simply a haven of safety for any driver.


It becomes a challenge to bring the LX, EX, and Optima S sedans to a sweet spot in passing power. The reason is its combination of a 2.4-liter engine, 185-hp, and a 6-speed transmission system. While Optima manufacturers use this combination to make it fuel efficient through direct injection, it is not convincing enough to have the 2.4-liter engine to smoothly transmit 185-hp.

How about going for an engine with the same features but powers 178 pound-feet worth of torque? The great thing about the engine in most standard Hyundai Sonatas is that the 6-speed transmission powers off quick, frictionless and seamless shifts. The Sports version is a beast, pushing 246lb-ft with and 8-speed transmission system.

The Bottom line

A look at the features above clearly places the 2018 Hyundai Sonata above the 2018 Kia Optima. While the Optima has done quite an impressive job in having an exterior body-shape and a dash that are breathtaking, the Sonata carries the day on multiple levels.

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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.