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2014 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2015 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Chevrolet Cruze offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Kia Optima. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Cruze.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Cruze 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). Based on MSRP, the Chevrolet Cruze is clearly a better financial choice over 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 Chevrolet Cruze and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Cruze is a little narrower than the Kia Optima, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. If you go with the Chevrolet Cruze, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Kia Optima.

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

Handling
The Chevrolet Cruze has about the same turning radius as the Kia Optima, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Cruze 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 Chevrolet Cruze and the Kia Optima. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Chevrolet Cruze as you will in the Kia Optima.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Cruze is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.

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2014 Chevrolet
Cruze

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MSRP*: $17,520 - $24,985

2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $1,250
Low APR Loan: As low as 2.90% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 7.44%
City MPG: 22 - 28 12 - 22
Highway MPG: 35 - 46 31 - 34
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $16,907 - $23,986 $20,715 - $33,140

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