newcars.com®

2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Ford Taurus Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Taurus than the Kia Optima, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Ford Taurus.

Convenience
With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Ford Taurus, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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 Kia Optima is clearly a better financial choice over the Ford Taurus. 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 Ford Taurus have similar Destination Charges.

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima is significantly less powerful than the Ford Taurus. 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 Kia Optima and the Ford Taurus. The Kia Optima has significantly less cargo room than the Ford Taurus, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

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

Watch Video

Compare the 2016 Kia Optima and the 2016 Ford Taurus.

Get your best price before going to the dealer!

2016 Kia
Optima

More Details & Photos New 2016 Kia Optima
MSRP*: $22,140 - $36,040

2016 Ford
Taurus

More Details & Photos New 2016 Ford Taurus
MSRP*: $27,110 - $40,275
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,250 Up to $2,450
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 4.80% --
City MPG: 22 - 28 16 - 18
Highway MPG: 32 - 39 24 - 27
Engine(s): Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

***** *****
Side Crash Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

***** *****
Invoice*: $21,396 - $33,435 $25,619 - $38,060

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

Monthly Trend for:
2016 Kia Optima

No Days On Lot Data

No Data

Monthly Trend for:
2016 Ford Taurus

No Days On Lot Data

No Data

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