2015 Kia Optima vs. 2015 Honda Accord

Before You Drive Home a 2015 Kia Optima in Central Illinois…

Kia hasn’t had the best reputation as an automaker, but the 2015 Kia Optima represents an effort to deliver something better to their Central Illinois drivers. Kia is well on the way to becoming an automaker that really competes in the mid-size sedan class. By making the Optima available in four trim levels, with amenities like a blind-spot monitor, a touchscreen interface, a telematics system, and a rearview camera available, Kia has made the Optima much more attractive. But those amenities are only available for drivers willing to upgrade; the entry-level Optima LX features power accessories and air conditioning. Bluetooth is the limit as far as standard technology amenities are concerned. Kia does manage to be much more fuel efficient than its average mid-size competitor, offering 34 highway and 23 city mpg, but even that comes up short of some other vehicles.

And we think there are many other, better options in the Optima’s class, like the 2015 Honda Accord, which just earned its spot on Car and Driver‘s 10Best list* for the 29th time. Though the Optima struggles, Honda’s Accord excels, starting with fuel economy. The 2015 Accord LX Sedan with CVT is rated at an EPA-estimated 36 highway and 27 city mpg.** It also leaves the Optima in the stone age as far as amenities are concerned, with Central Illinois drivers getting access to Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, an 8-inch customizable infotainment system, a rearview camera, and Pandora internet radio all at the basic LX trim level. Honda is setting the standard on “standard features,” and Kia is like the rest of the auto world: playing catch-up.

See the differences between the Optima and the Accord below, then stop by a Central Illinois Honda Dealer for a test drive of the Accord.

*Car and Driver, January 2015.

**Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.