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2014 Acura TSX vs. 2015 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Acura TSX than in the Kia Optima, due to the Acura TSX's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Acura TSX.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Acura TSX as you will with the Kia Optima, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Acura TSX is somewhat more expensive than the Kia Optima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Acura TSX is much higher than that for the Kia Optima.

Dimensions
The Acura TSX is about the same width as the Kia Optima. The Acura TSX is slightly shorter than the Kia Optima, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
The Acura TSX has much less torque than the Kia Optima, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Acura TSX has a larger turning radius than the Kia Optima, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Acura TSX is significantly less powerful than the Kia Optima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Acura TSX and the Kia Optima. The Acura TSX has less cargo capacity than the Kia Optima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Acura TSX is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.

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2014 Acura
TSX

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MSRP*: $30,635 - $39,275

2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $1,500
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 19 - 22 20 - 23
Highway MPG: 28 - 31 31 - 34
Engine(s): Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $28,835 - $36,831 $20,715 - $33,140

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