2019 Kia Optima vs. 2019 Toyota Camry

Discover How the Optima Compares to its Pendleton, SC Competition

Mid-size sedans always have a certain appeal, as they combine the interior space you want with the performance, efficiency, and nimble handling you need for your daily commute. While some automakers are abandoning this segment for the time being, others recognize the timeless appeal that these vehicles offer smart car shoppers. Since it's still a competitive class that's loaded with compelling options, we thought it a good idea to compare to of the more worthy models: our Kia Optima and its Toyota rival, the Camry. Let's see how things turned out when we looked at introductory versions of each vehicle.


The Kia Optima has a lower starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price than that of the Camry, so you're already saving money when you choose the Optima. Industry experts estimate that repairs cost much less for the Optima than they do the Camry, and generic insurance quotes -- excluding data such as age, gender, location -- are lower for the Optima than they are the Toyota.


While the Camry does have the slightly more powerful base engine, the Optima offers Anderson SC owners a choice of three engines -- the Camry only gives you two options. When it comes to fuel economy and range, Greenville drivers will appreciate the fact that the Optima has a much larger gas tank than they'll find in the Camry -- meaning they'll have to stop for gas less often during their daily commutes.


Both sedans come nicely equipped, even at the base trim level, but the Kia Optima includes some standard features that you'll need to either add as options or upgrade to another trim to find on the Camry -- both of which will add a considerable amount of money to the price tag. These features include heated mirrors, a power driver's seat with lumbar, a rear parking aid, pass-through rear seat to carry longer items, as well as the convenience offered by Apple CarPlay&#0153 and Android Auto&#0153 smartphone integration.

Comfort and Storage

Given that the Optima has more interior passenger space and more room in both rows of seating than the Camry enjoys, you may find yourself driving to Clemson SC a lot more often than your Toyota-owning friends. Add in the fact that the Optima offers more trunk space than the Camry, and that it has those folding rear seats, and your Kia delivers the far more enjoyable driving experience -- especially on long road trips.

Kia Optima Inventory

One way to measure an automaker's trust in their product is to consider the available warranty protection, since they're on the hook for any repair costs incurred during the coverage period. With that in mind, it's interesting to note that your Kia Optima comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic limited new car warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance program. The Camry? Well, Toyota limits their warranty coverage to 3-year/36,000-mile basic new car warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty, and a 2-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan.

Explore the Kia Optima at Kia of Anderson

Now that you've learned why the Kia Optima is the better choice of these two popular sedans, we invite you to swing by our showroom at your convenience and take a closer look. Our team is happy to help you go over your options, explain the differences between trim levels, and arrange for you to take one out on a test drive. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Ready to take a spin? Get in touch with our Kia specialists at (864) 328-0542 to schedule one or stop by for a visit anytime you like. We look forward to giving you the tour!

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