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2014 Subaru Impreza vs. 2015 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Subaru Impreza 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 Subaru Impreza.

Convenience
The Kia Optima requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Subaru Impreza, 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). Based on MSRP, the Subaru Impreza 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 Subaru Impreza and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru Impreza 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 Subaru Impreza, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Kia Optima.

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

Handling
The Subaru Impreza has a smaller turning radius than the Kia Optima, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

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

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Subaru Impreza is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.

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2014 Subaru
Impreza

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MSRP*: $17,895 - $22,195

2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $1,000
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 7.44%
City MPG: 25 - 27 20 - 23
Highway MPG: 34 - 36 31 - 34
Engine(s): Horizontal Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 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*: $17,104 - $21,072 $20,715 - $33,140

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