2020 Kia Optima vs. 2021 Toyota Corolla | NewCars.com

A member of the Cars.com family

2020 Kia Optima vs. 2021 Toyota Corolla Review

New 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia
Optima

See Details & Photos
New 2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Toyota
Corolla

See Details & Photos
MSRP*
Get Your Price
$23,390 to $32,190
Get Your Price
$19,925 to $28,210
Invoice* $22,572 to $30,903 $18,830 to $26,119
MPG - City 21 - 27 29 - 31
MPG - Hwy 30 - 37 36 - 40
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Optima than the Toyota Corolla. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Corolla.

Convenience
With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Toyota Corolla, due to its larger tank size and better 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). The Kia Optima is somewhat more expensive than the Toyota Corolla. 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 and the Toyota Corolla have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Optima is much wider than the Toyota Corolla, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Kia Optima, which is slightly longer than the Toyota Corolla.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima is somewhat more powerful than the Toyota Corolla.

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

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Optima than that of the Toyota Corolla.