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2018 Kia Optima Vs. 2018 Toyota Camry

2018 kia optima in white split screen with 2018 toyota camry in red

Midsize sedans offer prominent levels of technology, comfort and safety to individuals and families alike. They’re renowned for their timeless body style, agile handling and status as the hallmark vehicle on a manufacturer’s lineup. These vehicles make perfect daily driver commuting choices, but also have enough cargo space and comfort for road trips to be something to look forward to.

With this segment being a very historically popular one, drivers have plenty of models to choose from. The 2018 Kia Optima combines industry-leading comfort, cutting-edge technology and a bold, European-inspired design to give drivers a car that is simultaneously head-turning and sophisticated. While heads are turning to look AT the 2018 Optima, the 2018 Camry may elicit a different kind of turning with its chunky design. The Camry is a reliable class-veteran with a bold new look for 2018. Let’s see how these two measure up:

2018 Kia Optima


2018 Toyota Camry

45.5/39.8 inches Front legroom/headroom 42.1/38.3 inches
Yes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible? No
15.9 cubic feet Maximum trunk volume 14.1 cubic feet
16” alloy (LX) Base model wheels 16” steel (L)
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
$22,600 (LX) Base model MSRP $23,495 (L)

Kia Optima Advantages Vs. Toyota Camry

The 2018 Kia Optima enjoys several advantages over the Camry in nearly every category that defines the midsize sedan class. With over three inches of legroom and more than an inch of headroom surplus in the Optima, drivers will find Kia’s offering to be a far less claustrophobic one.

While heated seats are standard on upper trim levels of both, the 2018 Optima gives drivers a ventilated front seat, which is not available as a feature for the 2018 Camry. Technology is at a premium in the 2018 Optima. Providing compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you’re able to enjoy a seamless transition from phone to car that minimizes distraction.

The 2018 Toyota Camry foregoes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in favor of its own proprietary infotainment and app user interface that doesn’t allow data and apps to sync directly with your phone.

While style is a subjective category, the Optima avoids any unnecessary overdesign. Its interior is composed and spacious lacking cluttered angles or bloated corners. Likewise, the exterior exudes quiet sophistication. The Camry is, well…unlike any Camry before it?

An objective analysis of style between the two throws the advantage to the 2018 Kia Optima, which includes fashionable 16” aluminum alloy wheels, which are replaced by 16” steel with wheel covers for the 2018 Camry.

The difference in MSRP of nearly $1,000 swells to over $4,000 when both models are priced out at their highest-featured top trim levels. The 2018 Kia Optima provides extra value with its 5-year/60,000-mile warranty that bests that of the Camry by almost two-hundred percent.

Sleek and stylish, the 2018 Kia Optima is as ready for the carpool lane as it is the cross-country road trip. For more information on the 2018 Kia Optima, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!