2019 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2019 Kia Optima: Head to Head

2019 Hyundai Sonata, 2019 Kia Optima
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Optima vs. Sonata: Sibling Rivalry

The 2019 Kia Optima and 2019 Hyundai Sonata are two of the higher-rated sedans in our rankings of midsize cars, earning scores just below the segment-leading Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Both the Sonata and Optima are smart choices with low starting prices, long warranties, and a history of high safety ratings.

Under the skin, the two sedans are similar, as Kia and Hyundai are sister companies. The Optima and Sonata share powertrains and many other components. The Optima was just refreshed for the 2019 model year, and the Sonata received a refresh for 2018. In both cases, the cars got updated styling and new tech features.

Which one is best for you? On the following slides we’ll break down the differences between the two models using the criteria that buyers in the midsize sedan class consider most important. The cars earn similar overall scores, so your decision may come down to personal preference.

We frequently update our scores as we get new information, so the scores you see on the following pages may not match those in our rankings.

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