2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Kia Optima

The midsize sedan segment offers a great deal of competition. Looking at the 2018 Honda Accord vs the 2018 Kia Optima will compare two entries in this competitive segment. Both of these cars offer multiple engine options and trim levels.

The 2018 Accord is offered in six trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The Optima is available in four models. The six 2018 Accord trim levels come equipped with a variety of comfort, safety and technology features.

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2018 Honda Accord VS 2018 Kia Optima
2 Engine Options 3
1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Base Engine 2.4-liter four-cylinder
192 horsepower, 192 pound-feet of torque Base Engine Performance 185 horsepower, 178 pound-feet of torque
252 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque Top Engine Performance 245 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque

2018 Honda Accord Standard and Available Features

Features offered on the 2018 Honda Accord include: LED headlights, LED fog lights, Display Audio touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi system.

The Accord also offers the Honda Sensing™ suite of driver assistance systems. Honda Sensing includes: Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition. Other safety and driver assistance systems offered on the car include: Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Cross Traffic Monitor, Driver Awareness Monitor and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera.

Both the 2018 Accord and 2018 Optima are offered with multiple engine options. Both cars go exclusively with a lineup of four-cylinder engines. Standard equipment on the 2018 Accord includes a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Optima comes equipped with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Performance numbers for the Honda engine are rated at up to 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, while the Optima produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.

The 2018 Accord and 2018 Optima each offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. These engines each deliver the best performance numbers offered on the car. The Kia engine is rated at 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Honda's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is rated at up to 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

Transmission options vary between the two cars. The 2018 Kia Optima only offers automatic transmission options. The 2018 Honda Accord is available with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), six-speed manual or the new 10-speed automatic transmission.

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2018 Honda Accord silver taillight
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2018 Honda Accord interior dash and display

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