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2020 Honda Civic vs. 2020 Kia Optima Review

New 2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda
Civic

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New 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*
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$20,000 to $27,850
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$23,390 to $32,190
Invoice* $18,591 to $25,859 $22,572 to $30,903
MPG - City 25 - 32 21 - 27
MPG - Hwy 36 - 42 30 - 37
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Honda Civic offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Kia Optima. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Honda Civic.

Convenience
With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Honda Civic, 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 Honda Civic 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 Honda Civic and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Civic is much slimmer than the Kia Optima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Honda Civic is slightly shorter than the Kia Optima, which may make it easier to park.

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

Performance
The Honda Civic 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 Honda Civic and the Kia Optima. The Honda Civic has less cargo capacity than the Kia Optima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Honda Civic is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.