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2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Subaru WRX Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Optima offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Subaru WRX. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Subaru WRX.

Convenience
With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia Optima will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru WRX. 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 will cost more in transportation costs than the Subaru WRX.

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

Drivetrain
The Kia Optima has much less torque than the Subaru WRX, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima is significantly less powerful than the Subaru WRX. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower 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 WRX. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Kia Optima will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Subaru WRX.

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

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2016 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,990 - $35,890

2016 Subaru
WRX

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MSRP*: $26,595 - $30,395
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Low APR Loan: As low as 0.90% As low as 2.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 4.80% As low as 3.60%
City MPG: 22 - 28 20
Highway MPG: 32 - 39 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $21,254 - $33,298 $25,094 - $28,601

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