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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2015 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
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Optima as you will with the Ford Taurus, 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 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
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Kia Optima transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Ford Taurus.

Handling
The Kia Optima has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Ford Taurus, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Kia Optima has less horsepower than the Ford Taurus, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

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.

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2015 Kia
Optima

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

2015 Ford
Taurus

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MSRP*: $26,790 - $40,105
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.90% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 12 - 22 17 - 19
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 25 - 29
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
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***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $20,715 - $33,140 $24,714 - $36,996

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