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2020 Kia Optima vs. 2020 Subaru Legacy Review

New 2020 Kia Optima

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New 2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru

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$23,390 to $32,190
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$22,745 to $35,895
Invoice* $22,572 to $30,903 $21,486 to $33,523
MPG - City 21 - 27 24 - 27
MPG - Hwy 30 - 37 32 - 35
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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

Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Legacy than the Kia Optima, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Subaru Legacy.

You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Optima as you will with the Subaru Legacy, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 Kia Optima will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Legacy. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Optima will cost more in transportation costs than the Subaru Legacy.

The Kia Optima is a little wider than the Subaru Legacy, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Kia Optima takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru Legacy.

With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Kia Optima transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Subaru Legacy.

In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Kia Optima and the Subaru Legacy.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Optima and the Subaru Legacy. The Kia Optima has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Subaru Legacy.

You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Optima than that of the Subaru Legacy.