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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. 2015 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Mitsubishi Lancer offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Kia Optima 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 less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Mitsubishi Lancer, due to its tank size and 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). Based on MSRP, the Mitsubishi Lancer is clearly a better financial choice over the Kia Optima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mitsubishi Lancer and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Mitsubishi Lancer is much slimmer than the Kia Optima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Mitsubishi Lancer, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Kia Optima.

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

Handling
The Mitsubishi Lancer has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Kia Optima, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Mitsubishi Lancer is significantly less powerful than the Kia Optima. 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 Mitsubishi Lancer and the Kia Optima. The Mitsubishi Lancer has significantly less cargo room than the Kia Optima, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

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

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2015 Mitsubishi
Lancer

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MSRP*: $17,395 - $29,495

2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,000 Up to $1,500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 5.14% As low as 7.44%
City MPG: 18 - 25 20 - 23
Highway MPG: 25 - 34 31 - 34
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $16,660 - $28,250 $20,715 - $33,140

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