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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2014 Honda Civic Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Optima offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Honda Civic 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 Honda Civic.

Convenience
The Kia Optima will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Honda Civic, 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). The Kia Optima is somewhat more expensive than the Honda Civic. 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 Honda Civic have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Optima is much wider than the Honda Civic, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. 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 Honda Civic.

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 Honda Civic.

Handling
The Kia Optima has about the same turning radius as the Honda Civic, 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 Honda Civic. 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 Honda Civic. The Kia Optima has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Honda Civic.

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

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2015 Kia
Optima

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

2014 Honda
Civic

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MSRP*: $18,390 - $26,640
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.90% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 0.72%
City MPG: 12 - 22 22 - 31
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 31 - 41
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
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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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $20,715 - $33,140 $17,100 - $25,261

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