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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2015 Subaru WRX Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Optima Hybrid offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Subaru WRX with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Kia Optima Hybrid will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Subaru WRX.

Convenience
With the Kia Optima Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid and the Subaru WRX have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Optima Hybrid is a little wider than the Subaru WRX, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Kia Optima Hybrid, 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 Hybrid has much less torque than the Subaru WRX, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Kia Optima Hybrid has about the same turning radius as the Subaru WRX, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima Hybrid 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 Hybrid and the Subaru WRX. The Kia Optima Hybrid has less cargo capacity than the Subaru WRX, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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

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2014 Kia
Optima Hybrid

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MSRP*: $25,995 - $31,995

2015 Subaru
WRX

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MSRP*: $26,295 - $29,995
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 2.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 7.44% --
City MPG: 35 - 36 21
Highway MPG: 39 - 40 --
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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***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $24,350 - $29,670 $24,817 - $28,232

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