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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Comparison Review

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

Convenience
With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mitsubishi Lancer, 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). The Kia Optima will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Mitsubishi Lancer, 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 Mitsubishi Lancer have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Optima is much wider than the Mitsubishi Lancer, 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 Mitsubishi Lancer.

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 Mitsubishi Lancer.

Handling
The Kia Optima has a larger turning radius than the Mitsubishi Lancer, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima has a much more powerful engine than the Mitsubishi Lancer. 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 Mitsubishi Lancer. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Kia Optima will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mitsubishi Lancer.

Warranty
The Kia Optima comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mitsubishi Lancer.

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2015 Kia
Optima

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

2015 Mitsubishi
Lancer

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MSRP*: $17,395 - $29,495
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,500 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 20 - 23 18 - 25
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 25 - 34
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $20,715 - $33,140 $16,660 - $28,250

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