There’s something for everyone in the highly competitive sedan class, and while it pays to be well-rounded, the cars that stand out tend to excel in a few key fields. The Honda Accord and Kia Optima each deliver class standards like a spacious cabin, energetic powertrain, and safety-focused tech, so it’s reasonable to include both vehicles on your shortlist. When it comes time to pick a winner, however, the decision can be tough. To help streamline the process, we’ve set these two sedans side by side to compare the score on some integral qualities.
Each vehicle comes with multiple powertrain options, with two turbocharged 4-cylinders in the Accord and three 4-cylinder options in the Optima, two of them being turbocharged. Any one of these engines offers sufficient energy for daily driving, but it’s hard to beat the impressive acceleration and ample torque found in the Accord. The Accord also demonstrates engaging athleticism, with confident handling around twists and turns, plus dynamic drive settings for a customizable experience. The Optima’s ride is stable, but it doesn’t match the agility of the Accord.
The Accord widens its lead with extraordinary fuel efficiency, especially if you opt for its available continuously variable automatic transmission. For all its enthusiasm, Honda’s sedan maintains admirable gas mileage in the city or on the highway. On the other hand, the Optima is far thirstier for fuel, and its gas mileage falls behind the class standards.
While the Optima has earned respectable crash test scores, the sheer variety and quality of the Accord’s driver assistance technology is hard to overlook. Both vehicles come with a rearview camera, and beyond that, the Optima is also equipped with lane assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and other tools. These features may also be found in the Accord, which comes standard with the acclaimed Honda Sensing suite. This suite includes collision mitigation braking, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, and more.
If it’s the Accord that has garnered your attention, we would love to see you behind the wheel at Garden State Honda. When you visit our Clifton dealership to take a closer look, our knowledgeable staff will be ready to show you all the car’s available features, and you’re welcome to browse through all the other new Hondas on our lot. If you might be interested in a pre-owned vehicle, we also have a dealership stocked with high-value used models in Passaic.