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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Kia Optima than in the Chevrolet Cruze, due to the Kia Optima'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 Chevrolet Cruze.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Optima as you will with the Chevrolet Cruze, 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 Kia Optima will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Chevrolet Cruze, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Optima and the Chevrolet Cruze have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Optima is a little wider than the Chevrolet Cruze, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Kia Optima, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Chevrolet Cruze.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Kia Optima does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Chevrolet Cruze.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima has a much more powerful engine than the Chevrolet Cruze. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Optima and the Chevrolet Cruze. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Kia Optima as you will in the Chevrolet Cruze.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Optima than that of the Chevrolet Cruze.

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2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500

2015 Chevrolet
Cruze

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MSRP*: $16,170 - $25,660
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,500 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 2.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 20 - 23 22 - 28
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 35 - 46
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $20,715 - $33,140 $16,089 - $24,634

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