Few sedans are as alike as the 2019 Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. These two vehicles share powertrains and other components, but you'll still find some key differences between the two. In this car comparison, we'll give you a closer look at both.

Which midsize car is ideal for your Savannah, Pooler, or Hinesville drive? Decide for yourself as you read up on these cars' performances, interiors, and more. Reach out to us at Peacock Hyundai Savannah if you want to learn more!

2019 Hyundai Sonata

2019 Kia Optima

Standard Engine

2.4-liter 4-Cylinder

2.4-liter 4-Cylinder

Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)

16.3

15.9

Standard EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy (MPG)

26 city/35 highway

25 city/35 highway

LED Headlamps

Available

Available

Sonata vs Optima: Exterior Features

The 2019 Sonata and Optima have many exterior features in common. For instance, each offers a choice between snazzy 16-, 17-, and 18-inch rims, each available on different trim levels, with different designs to make your vehicle pop in a unique way.

However, the Sonata stands out for the boldness of its front fascia, with its signature hexagonal grille and the sleek daytime running lights that dash across the lower bumpers, with five individual bulbs on each side, stacked vertically .

The Optima looks sharp and modern, but the thinner, less imposing grille and more conventional daytime running lights can leave it blending into the background-especially when set beside the Hyundai sedan.

All-Star Performance Specs

In terms of power, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima look incredibly similar. Both run standardly on 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engines that produce 185 horsepower. You'll find that that's plenty for your daily driving needs.

If you want more thrills, the range-topping turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines in each car generate 245 horsepower. When you need to merge onto the highway or overtake slower traffic, you'll have all the power you need to handle it.

Both cars come standard with 6-speed automatic transmissions. The Optima offers an available 7-speed dual-clutch automatic as well, but the Sonata goes one step further with an optional 8-speed automatic. It enhances performance and efficiency, for a slightly more fuel-economical ride.  

Cargo Space & Storage

The 2019 Sonata and Optima make storing your cargo easy in all kinds of ways. With standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats, you can open the trunk into the rear cabin and store longer and larger items.

Plus, with available hands-free smart trunk lids in both cars, you won't have trouble loading the necessities when your hands are full. Just stand behind the car with your key fob on hand, and the trunk lid will open automatically-no action needed on your part.

You'll find a bit more room in the trunk of the Hyundai sedan: It sports 16.3 cubic feet, while the Kia sedan offers just 15.9 cubic feet. It's a small difference, but on such similar cars, each difference counts.

Hyundai Sonata vs Kia Optima: Which Will You Choose?

Despite their similarities, we think we've hit on some key differences in our car comparison. So, which vehicle wins this 2019 Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia Optima faceoff?

If that extra cargo space, smooth-shifting transmission, and sleek exterior are what you're looking for, the Sonata stands out in a close midsize car matchup. If you live near Savannah, Pooler, or Hinesville, schedule a test drive at Peacock Hyundai Savannah and try it out for yourself!

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