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2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Vs 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid: Model Comparison

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Vs 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Previously we compared the 2019 Kia Optima vs the 2019 Toyota Camry. Now it's the Hybrids turn. Sporty on the outside, luxurious on the inside, and as dependable as any vehicle on the road today, the 2019 Kia Optima has few peers in the mid-size sedan category. With the addition of a hybrid model, the Optima now takes on the ever-popular Toyota Camry for the title of "Best Mid-Size Sedan Hybrid. " Here's a look at how the two match up in most of the major categories.

Entertainment and Technology

Both base models of this year's Optima and Camry come with top-notch entertainment systems that feature Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. The Optima also provides seamless integration with Pandora internet radio and "Song Tagging." Song Tagging lets users tag a song for later reference. Kia's UVO link controls the six-speaker AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM system via a 203-mm TFT Touch-Screen Display.


In our 2019 Kia Optima review we stated just how comfortable the interior is. The Kia Optima and Toyota Camry hybrid cabins come nicely equipped for 2019 with standard features such as Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, premium upholstery, and heated front seats. The Optima gets leather seating versus the Camry's premium cloth upholstery.


Both Kia and Toyota excel when it comes to safety. The Optima hybrid, as well as the Camry hybrid, come with a full suite of airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and hill assist control. The Optima also comes standard with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, and Forward Collision Warning.


For 2019, when looking at buying the 2019 Optima and Camry hybrid editions each come equipped with combination gas/electric power plants. Just like their non-hybrid counterparts, each boasts a Drive Mode Select feature that allows drivers to fine-tune their vehicle's performance based on current road and weather conditions.

Overall, the 2019 Kia Optima and Toyota Camry hybrids match up reasonably close. They do, however, vary in several important categories as witnessed by the chart below:

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Vs. 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Leather Seating Upholstery Cloth
203-mm Touchscreen Display 178
Yes Backup Camera No
Yes Heated Front Seats Yes
Yes Bluetooth connectivity Yes
Yes Apple CarPlay Yes
Yes Automatic climate control Yes
433 Cubic Meters Cargo Space 37 Cubic Meters
Normal, Eco, Sport Drive Mode Select Normal, Eco, Sport
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension MacPherson Strut
Torsion Beam, Coil Springs, Twin-tube Shock Absorbers Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Type
High-density Lithium Polymer Battery Lithium-Ion

The chart above illustrates the fact that the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid and the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid have much in common, but they also have some key differences. Although there is no wrong choice between the two, its lower price, and an overall higher level of standard features make the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid a somewhat better choice.

Ready to take the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid for a Test Drive?

When it comes to sales, service, and selection, however, nobody beats East Side Kia. They're the best place to buy a 2019 Kia Optima in Calgary, and all of Alberta, as well. Book your test drive, today!