The Kia Optima vs. The Ford Fusion: Comparing the Mid-Size Sedan for Car Shoppers Near Pendleton, SC

The mid-size sedan is the preferred model for many commuters, road trippers, and all other types of drivers because they're sporty yet efficient, stylish yet practical, and smart yet simple.  If you're looking for a new sedan, the Kia Optima may be just the one for you because it is one of the best at blending the characteristics that define the sedan class.

To prove that to car shoppers around Greenville, we've drawn up a comparison of the Kia Optima with one of its main competitors: the Ford Fusion. We did this by stacking them up side-by-side in some aspects most important to car shoppers, value, comfort, safety, performance, etc., so check it out below!


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The two models are similar in starting price, but it's easy to see the ways that the Kia Optima is the better value of the two sedans. It comes standard with a range of features, like blind spot monitoring and a UVO system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, that the base model of the Ford Fusion isn’t available with, and the Kia Optima has a longer lasting warranty, so you'll probably pay less in repairs over the lifetime of owning it.

Performance and Efficiency

Both models have a diverse range of engine options that go from uber-efficient, like the plug-in hybrid powertrains, to powerful, so drivers are sure to find just what they crave. However, the engine that comes standard in the Kia Optima delivers higher power specs and better EPA-estimated efficiency than the Ford Fusion's standard engine. Plus, excluding the hybrid engines, the Kia Optima has an engine with a cruising range over 680 highway miles on one tank of gas while the Fusion tops out at 561 miles.

Power is vital for quick acceleration, and the Kia Optima has plenty of it, but what truly sets its performance apart from the Ford Fusion is the handling, weight, and transmission. It has a tighter turning radius and lighter build than the Fusion, so its handling is superior, and the Optima offers a dual-clutch automatic transmission that is by far the smoothest shifting of any that either model offers.



The Kia Optima is one of the safest sedans that car shoppers can choose as it comes standard with advanced safety features like Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Detection, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, which make sure that drivers are aware of other cars and objects around them. These features are only found on the pricier trims of the Ford Fusion.

The Kia Optima also has the awards to back up this claim as the 2018 Kia Optima was a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ of the IIHS, and it earned the highest possible score in all but one of the 11 crash test ratings of the NHTSA. These are safety honors that the Ford Fusion cannot claim.

Technology and Comfort

There's a range of ways that the Kia Optima ensures passengers are enjoying and staying comfortable on their ride that the Ford Fusion doesn’t offer. This ranges from the seating, like available quilted Nappa leather and 12-way adjustment for the driver's seat, to the spaciousness of the cabin, the Optima has more first-row leg, head, and shoulder room than the Fusion, to the tech and features, like a panoramic sunroof and bending light system, that only the Optima offers. If you want convenience and a driving feel unlike other sedans, the Kia Optima is the clear choice.

Not Far from Greenville, Our Dealership is the Place to Test Out the Kia Optima in Person!

If you want to test out our lofty claims about the Kia Optima for yourself, come down to our dealership today to see how it's everything we promised!





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