See Why Pendleton, SC Commuters and Road-Trippers Alike Prefer Kia Optima to the Toyota Competition

The market's hot for the latest crossovers and SUVs lately, and as a result, the rivalry among new mid-size cars here in the northwest of South Carolina is fiercer than ever. More automakers are equipping their sedans with the latest features and technologies to stay ahead, and that goes for nearly every family car and high-performance sportster here in the Pendleton area. One stands out from the rest, however: the new Kia Optima. In trims from base LX and step-up S through LX 1.6T and EX to SX at the top of the line, it even gives longer-lived four-doors in the segment like Toyota Camry a run for their proverbial money. You can check out how here at Kia of Anderson!


Take the Kia Optima LX as it compares to Toyota Camry L, for example. You'll find both models of the prominent stance and sleek design lines typical of the mid-size sedan. However, the new Optima has a wider track both up front and in the rear, making it the sturdier and more road-solid option. Ours is also the better handler, building in a standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) in its LX 1.6T trim. This gearbox needs no torque converter and does away with a clutch pedal, making upshifts both faster and nearly seamless. The new Camry offers only an eight-speed electronically controlled auto transmission throughout its lineup.


Moreover, though Camry might lead on fuel economy, that leg up narrows considerably, to nearly neck-and-neck, with a rise in trim levels, beginning with Optima LX 1.6T and its Camry XLE counterpart and staying nearly tied in Optima SX and corresponding Camry XSE V6 trims. Bring a larger 18.5-gallon fuel capacity into the mix, ahead of Camry at 14.5 gallons in lower trims and 16.0 in those higher, and you'll see a Kia sedan means fewer trips to the pump.


A new Optima brings with it better passenger space to boot: 104.8 cubic feet to Camry's 100.4. That's several edges in front head, leg, hip, and shoulder room as well as more rear hip and shoulder room. Now consider superior Kia cargo volume, the 15.9-cubic-foot Optima trunk sprawling further than Camry's 14.1, and you'll also discover ours is better prepared, for both road-trip or commute comfort and with the room you need for luggage and essentials.


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Kia Optima is even more affordable comparably equipped, weighing in around $23,495 to Camry's heftier $24,565. That's still the case at the top of the line, too, with Optima SX at approximately $31,495 and Camry XSE V6 at about $36,020. Likewise, a Kia car means better value. Optima carries with it 60 months or 60,000 miles of basic warranty coverage and 120 months or 120,000 miles of coverage for its powertrain. Toyota's warranty covers but 36 months or 36,000 miles and 60 months or 60,000 miles respectively.


Best of all, it's easier than ever to drive a new Optima home, whether you choose auto financing or to lease a new one from us here in Pendleton. The pros that call our 5281 Highway 76 showroom here at Kia of Anderson home will be happy to help. Opt to step into your next driver's seat today, and you'll find plenty more to love, too.

For one, a lap of luxury, with your choice of cloth, sport cloth, leather, or quilted Nappa leather seating, available heated and ventilated up front and heated in the rear in select trims. Secondly, ample tech savvy. 7- and 8-inch UVO infotainment system choices, the latter with voice-command navigation for the Greenville outing, accompany Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard throughout the line. That means the ability to stay connected to your smartphone hands-free off the beaten path from Anderson. Factor in an available 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound system for entertainment, an optional power sunshade-equipped panoramic sunroof to let in some natural beauty. Consider a ton of safety and driver-assist tech for peace of mind, from blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert to a forward collision warning system and autonomous emergency braking. We'll bet you'll see ours is the whole package.


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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