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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2016 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Hyundai Elantra offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Kia Optima with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Hyundai Elantra.

Convenience
The Kia Optima requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Hyundai Elantra, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Hyundai Elantra 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 Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Hyundai Elantra is much slimmer than the Kia Optima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Hyundai Elantra, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Kia Optima.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Hyundai Elantra doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Kia Optima.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra 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 Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Optima. The Hyundai Elantra 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 Hyundai Elantra comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Kia Optima.

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2017 Hyundai
Elantra

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MSRP*: $17,150 - $22,350

2016 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $22,140 - $36,040
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Up to $1,500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 0.36% As low as 4.80%
City MPG: 26 - 32 22 - 28
Highway MPG: 36 - 40 32 - 39
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 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*: $16,621 - $21,311 $21,396 - $33,435

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.