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2019 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2019 Kia Optima Review

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The Hyundai Elantra 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 Hyundai Elantra.

With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Hyundai Elantra, 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). Based on MSRP, the Hyundai Elantra 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 Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

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

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

When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra is significantly less powerful than the Kia Optima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Optima. The Hyundai Elantra has less cargo capacity than the Kia Optima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

The Hyundai Elantra comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Kia Optima.

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2019 Hyundai

More Details & Photos New 2019 Hyundai Elantra
MSRP*: $17,100 - $22,600

2019 Kia

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MSRP*: $22,900 - $31,900
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City MPG: 22 - 32 21 - 27
Highway MPG: 30 - 40 30 - 37
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Invoice*: $16,574 - $21,545 $22,099 - $30,625

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 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.