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2019 Honda Accord vs 2019 Kia Optima

2019 Honda Accord vs 2019 Kia Optima

Not all midsize sedans deliver the exciting and inspired driving experience you are after, but some do. If you’re in the market for one, we can help you find out which models stand out, and we’ll get that process started right here by comparing the 2019 Honda Accord vs the 2019 Kia Optima.

We have compared the Accord and Optima in the past, focusing then on the top level trims for each one. Here, however, we’re focusing on the entry level trim for each model. The big difference when comparing entry level trims compared to the highest trim level is in the area of performance.

Interested in a 2019 Honda Accord?

2019 Honda Accord LX


2019 Kia Optima LX

192 hp, 192 lb-ft of torque Engine Specs 185 hp, 178 lb-ft of torque
30 city/38 hwy/33 combined with Continuously Variable Transmission* MPG 24 city/33 hwy/27 combined with 6-speed automatic transmission
16.7 cubic feet Cargo Volume 15.9 cubic feet
40.4 inches Rear Legroom 35.6 inches

Differences Between the 2019 Accord and 2019 Optima

Since the last thing you want is a sedan that is boring to drive, let’s go ahead and take a look at that performance. In this area, the Accord has a clear edge compared to the Optima. For one, it delivers just a bit more horsepower and torque than the 2019 Optima. Of course, you’d think the Optima would make up for this with superior fuel economy, but the car actually disappoints greatly in this area, being beaten by the Accord’s impressive 30 city, 38 highway and 33 combined MPG with a CVT.*

As in the past, the Accord also edges out the Optima when it comes to legroom, with the Optima having a rear seat legroom space much closer to a cramped compact sedan than a midsize sedan. So, as you can see, the 2019 Honda Accord is well worth a test drive. To take the Accord for a spin, contact us at Hilton Head Honda.

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.