2016 Subaru WRX vs. 2016 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Subaru WRX than in the Kia Optima, due to the Subaru WRX's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Subaru WRX.

With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Subaru WRX, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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). The Subaru WRX is somewhat more expensive 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. In this case, the Subaru WRX will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Kia Optima.

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

Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Subaru WRX does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Kia Optima.

When it comes to horsepower, the Subaru WRX has a much more powerful engine than the Kia Optima. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Subaru WRX and the Kia Optima. The Subaru WRX has significantly less cargo room than the Kia Optima, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

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

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2016 Subaru

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MSRP*: $26,595 - $30,395

2016 Kia

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MSRP*: $21,990 - $35,890
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Low APR Loan: As low as 2.90% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 3.60% As low as 4.80%
City MPG: 20 22 - 28
Highway MPG: 27 32 - 39
Engine(s): Horizontal Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Invoice*: $25,094 - $28,601 $21,254 - $33,298

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