2017 Honda Accord vs 2017 Kia Optima

Very few car segments offer as much competition as the midsize sedan segment. Long the domain of the traditional family car, these vehicles need to be able to excel in a long list of categories. Car shoppers considering a midsize sedan are looking for a car that is comfortable and safe, and offers a good balance of power and fuel economy. The 2017 Honda Accord vs the 2017 Kia Optima compares two of the cars vying for attention in the midsize sedan segment.

Both the Accord and the Optima offer car shoppers different options and choices. Each car can be equipped with multiple engine options and is available in different trim levels.

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2017 Honda Accord VS 2017 Kia Optima
Sedan, Coupe Body Style(s) Sedan
2.4-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 2.4-liter four-cylinder
2 Engine Options 3
7 Trim Levels 5

2017 Honda Accord, Kia Optima Engine Options

The 2017 Honda Accord and 2017 Kia Optima both offer 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines as standard equipment. Both engines delivers 185 horsepower, with the Honda engine offering 181 pound-feet of torque and the Kia engine checking in at 178. On the Accord Sport trim level, these numbers increase to 189 horsepower and 182 pound-feet.

In addition to the base engine, the Accord can be equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, while the Optima offers two additional four-cylinder engine options. The best performance numbers available on the Accord come via the 3.6-liter V-6, which delivers 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. The highest horsepower and torque ratings available on the Optima come with the car’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which checks in at 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Both Honda and Kia expand their versatility by offering their midsize cars in multiple trim levels. The Accord is available in seven different trim levels, while the Optima is available in five. In addition to the seven trim levels, the 2017 Accord is offered in both sedan and coupe body styles. The 2017 Optima is only available as a sedan.

The multiple body styles allows the Accord to cater to car shoppers looking for either a sporty coupe, or a practical sedan. Sedan models are offered in LX, Sport, Sport SE, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring trim levels, while the Accord Coupe is available in LX-S, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring trims.

2017 Honda Accord sedan back
2017 Honda Accord  sedan interior
2017 Honda Accord sedan interior
2017 Honda Accord sedan trunk

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