2019 Kia Optima vs 2019 Toyota Camry

High levels of initial quality, reliability, and dependability have made the Toyota Camry one of the top-selling vehicles of all time. Camry loyalists still see it as the best-made sedan on the market but, recent quality surveys now point to a serious challenger. The KIA Optima stands up well to the Camry when it comes to initial quality, standard features, and overall cost of ownership. With the Optima's MSRP at about ten to fifteen percent less than that of the Camry, the next question buyers ask is "which sedan offers more for the money." To answer that question, here's a head to head comparison of the entertainment, technology, interior, safety, and performance features of the base trims of the Kia Optima LX vs. the Toyota Camry LE.

Entertainment and Technology

Both the 2019 Optima and 2019 Camry start with excellent entertainment systems that feature touchscreen controls, six speakers, USB and audio input jacks, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radios, and Bluetooth connectivity. Each also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration built into their audio systems. 

Interior

Even for base trims, the Optima LX and Camry LE offer an exceptional level of comfort. Steering-wheel audio controls, premium cloth upholstery, air conditioning, and heated front seats are all standard on both models. 

Safety

Both Kia and Toyota make some of the safest vehicles on the road today. The 2019 Optima, as well as the 2019 Camry, comes with electronic stability control, child protector rear door locks, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and hill-assist control.

Performance

For 2019, the Optima LX and Camry LE each come equipped with somewhat similar powertrains - a four-cylinder, DOHC 16-valve engine mated to an automatic transmission. Both use regular unleaded and get exceptional fuel economy, as well. But, thanks to its "Drive Mode Select" feature, the Optima gets the clear nod in this category. Drive Mode Select lets drivers regulate the Optima's steering and suspension systems to match their current driving conditions. Choices are Normal, Sport, Eco, and the recently added Snow mode.

Other than style and price, buyers might be hard pressed to choose between this year's Optima LX and Camry LE. The chart below may help:

  The 2019 Kia Optima              

 Vs.

The 2019 Toyota Camry 

 8-inch

Touchscreen Display

6.1-inch  

 Yes

Rear Camera

  Yes  

 Yes

Heated Front Seats

 No  

 Yes

 Aux audio input port

 Yes  

 Yes

 USB audio and charging port

Yes  

 Yes

 Bluetooth connectivity

 Yes  

 Yes

 Automatic climate control

No  

 Yes

Drive Mode Select

No  

 6-speed Sportmatic

Transmission

Automatic CVT  

 Four-cylinder, DOHC

Engine

Four-cylinder, DOHC  

Independent, multi-link, coil  springs, high performance  dampers and anti-roll bar

Rear Suspension

Torsion Beam Type  

MacPherson Strut with high performance dampers, coil springs and anti-roll bar

Front Suspension

MacPherson Strut  

 1155mm

Front Legroom (mm)

1069mm  

 1475mm

Front Shoulder Room(mm)

1465mm  

 70

Fuel Tank (litres)

60  

 Yes

Headlight Escort function

No  

The 2019 Toyota Camry and 2019 Kia Optima comparison chart shows a pretty tight race between the two. But, when it comes to buying a 2019 Kia Optima in Calgary, there's no comparison to South Trail Kia.

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