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Model Comparison: 2019 Kia Optima Vs 2019 Honda Civic

2019 Kia Optima Vs 2019 Honda Civic

At Eastside Kia we're proud to sell the 2019 Kia Optima in Calgary. Kia's midsize sedan delivers outstanding safety and comfort along with a truly memorable driving experience, starting at a $24,795 base price that won't strain the family budget. We believe a 2019 Kia Optima comparison against the competition will demonstrate why the Optima is one of the best choices on the market for sedan buyers. For instance, let's compare the 2019 Optima with one of the most popular 4-door cars on the market: the 2019 Honda Civic.

The Optima

The Optima offers a striking exterior design that stands out in a segment where style often takes a back seat. With a dramatic, coupe-like roofline highlighted by a distinctive chrome strip running along the tops of the windows and all the way down to the trunk, the Optima is instantly recognizable. With an elegant grille, stylized front fascia, optional LED taillights, and two sets of available 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, the Optima projects an appearance more befitting a luxury car than a practical midsize sedan. Yet with a 2019 Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Optima offers value to go with its premium appearance.

The Competition

At first glance, you might be surprised at the suggestion that you should consider the 2019 Optima over the 2019 Honda Civic. Isn't the Optima a midsize sedan while the Civic is a compact vehicle? Technically, yes. But the two vehicles are actually fairly close in size. This comparison will show why car shoppers who are thinking of buying a Civic could get far more value for the money by stepping up slightly in size to the Optima, for approximately the same price.

Price and Power

We'll compare the base model Optima LX with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a comparably priced Civic Sport with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

2019 Kia Optima LX Feature 2019 Honda Civic Sport
$24,795 Base Price for This Trim Level $25,490
2.4 Engine Litres 2.0
185 Horsepower 158
4,855 Exterior Length (mm) 4,640
2,967 Interior Passenger Volume 2,690
450 Interior Cargo Volume 428

Exterior, Tech and Controls

As you can see, for a slightly lower price you can actually drive a larger sedan with greater passenger volume and substantially more horsepower by choosing the Kia Optima over the Civic. What's more, the Optima offers a number of features at this price and trim level that the Civic can't match:

2019 Kia Optima LX Feature 2019 Honda Civic Sport
Yes Turn Signals in Driver/Passenger Side Mirrors No
6-way Front Passenger Seat Controls 4-way
Driver seat power 2-way Lumbar Support No
Premium cloth Seat Upholstery Cloth/Leatherette
8 LCD Monitor Size (Inches) 7
Yes Auxiliary Audio Input No
6-speed automatic Transmission 2-speed CVT
70 Fuel Tank (Litres) 46.9

On-road Efficiency

Finally, Kia stands behind every Kia model with one of the industry's best warranties. This reflects the quality, reliability, and longevity built into every Kia car and SUV:

2019 Kia Optima LX Feature 2019 Honda Civic Sport
60 Warranty -Basic Months 36
100,000 Warranty - Basic Distance (km) 60,000
60 Roadside Assistance Months 36