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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2015 Subaru Impreza Review

Comparison Review

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

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Optima as you will with the Subaru Impreza, 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 Subaru Impreza, 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 Subaru Impreza have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Optima is much wider than the Subaru Impreza, 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 Subaru Impreza.

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 Subaru Impreza.

Handling
The Kia Optima has a larger turning radius than the Subaru Impreza, 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 Subaru Impreza. 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 Subaru Impreza. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Kia Optima will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Subaru Impreza.

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

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2015 Kia
Optima

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

2015 Subaru
Impreza

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MSRP*: $18,195 - $22,295
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,500 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 2.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 20 - 23 25 - 28
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 34 - 37
Engine(s): Inline-4 Horizontal
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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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $20,715 - $33,140 $17,381 - $21,164

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