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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2015 Subaru Legacy Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Legacy 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 Subaru Legacy.

Convenience
The Subaru Legacy requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Kia Optima, 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 Subaru Legacy. 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 Legacy have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Optima is about the same width as the Subaru Legacy. When looking at overall length, the Kia Optima takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru Legacy.

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 Legacy.

Handling
The Kia Optima has a smaller turning radius than the Subaru Legacy, allowing you to more easily 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 Legacy. 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 Legacy. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Kia Optima as you will in the Subaru Legacy.

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

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2015 Kia
Optima

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

2015 Subaru
Legacy

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MSRP*: $21,695 - $29,595
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,250 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.90% As low as 1.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 7.44% --
City MPG: 12 - 22 20 - 26
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 29 - 36
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 $20,487 - $27,739

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