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2016 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. 2016 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Mitsubishi Lancer will have less of an impact on your bank account than 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. The Mitsubishi Lancer is slightly shorter than the Kia Optima, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Mitsubishi Lancer doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Kia Optima.

Performance
The Mitsubishi Lancer has less horsepower than the Kia Optima, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

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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2016 Mitsubishi
Lancer

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MSRP*: $17,595 - $22,495

2016 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $22,140 - $36,040
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $1,250
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 4.80%
City MPG: 22 - 24 22 - 28
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 32 - 39
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $17,009 - $21,745 $21,396 - $33,435

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.