2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry
2016 Kia Optima 2016 Toyota Camry
$21,840 Starting MSRP $23,070

185-hp, 2.4-liter I4

178-hp, 1.6-liter I4 Turbo

245-hp, 2.0-liter I4 Turbo
Engine Options

175-hp, 2.5-liter I4

268-hp, 3.5-liter V6
37-mpg Highway Fuel Economy 35-mpg
104.8 cubic-feet Passenger Volume 102.7 cubic-feet

2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry

2016 Kia Optima Rear View

When drivers set out to purchase a new midsize sedan these days, they may be caught a little off guard with all the changes that have been made to these new vehicles in recent years. Infotainment system, driver assist technology, and forward thinking designs are just a few new things that new car buyers will need to consider for their car. Two cars that have rapidly evolved in recent years are shown in this 2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry comparison, where we try and help you decide which one you should park in your garage or driveway.

The first thing that we see that is rather new in the 2016 Kia Optima, that the 2016 Toyota Camry doesn’t have available, is a turbocharged engine option. In fact, the Optima has two available, a 2.0-liter and a 1.6-liter. The 1.6-liter is brand new for 2016 and is available on the Optima’s base trim and gets slightly better than standard fuel economy at 39-mpg highway and 27-mpg city. Those are some pretty impressive numbers while still churning out 178-horsepower and 195 lb.-ft of torque! Each 2016 Optima also has the Sportmatic sports shifter equipped for a more exciting driving experience when the driver wants one!

Larger, More Comfortable Interior in the 2016 Kia Optima

As you can see in the table above for the 2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry comparison, the Optima has over two cubic-feet of more passenger volume available than the Camry does. The Optima also offers superior head, leg, hip and shoulder room for the front passengers than the Camry does. This means that you will be able to be a bit more comfortable in the Optima and not as cramped together, especially if you have it full with five passengers!

To assist with this comfort, Kia has added a wide variety of available options for customers to choose from in the 2016 Optima. These include a number of different seat trim options such as YES Essentials Fabric cloth seats, leather, sport leather, and quilted Nappa leather seats. An 8- or 12-way driver seat is available, as is a 6- or 10-way adjustable passenger seat. Heated seats are available for both the front and rear.

If you have any additional questions regarding the 2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Toyota Camry comparison, please contact a Carolina Kia sales team member today.

2016 Kia Optima Interior