2018 Kia Optima vs Hyundai Elantra

On the hunt for a sedan that seamlessly combines impressive performance, a spacious interior, and the latest in technology? There's not one but two great vehicles shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg and Carlisle have to choose from.

 In this detailed comparison, we at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg will introduce you to the 2018 Kia Optima and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra and show you how they stack up against each other. Read ahead to get started! 

Optima vs Elantra: Performance

The Kia Optima offers three impressive engines in its powertrain lineup starting with the standard 2.4-L DOHC 4-cylinder engine. With this engine, you'll have the best of both worlds with an impressive power output of 185 horsepower while still remaining efficient with an EPA-estimated 29 combined MPG1.

If power is your priority, the Optima gives you the option to swap in either a 1.6- L turbocharged DOHC engine or a 2.0-L DOHC turbocharged engine. The latter engine delivers an incredible 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque for an exciting and energized drive.

As for the Hyundai Elantra, you'll also have three engines to choose from. While you'll have an EPA-estimated 29 combined MPG with its base 2.0-L 4-cylinder engine, you'll max out at 201 horsepower no matter which engine you go with.

Optima vs Elantra: Interior Space

Whether you're commuting to work or heading out for a long weekend out of town, your sedan should have plenty of room for to pack in your things and to keep everyone comfortable. The 2018 Kia Optima delivers with five roomy seats, 105 cubic feet of passenger space, a whopping 45.5 inches of front row legroom, and 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk.

 Unfortunately, in the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, you're going to have to leave some things behind as it only provides 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space. On top of that, you won't have quite as much wiggle room with only 96 cubic feet of passenger volume to share between five people. Even in the front seats, you'll only have 42.2 inches of legroom.

Optima vs Elantra: Technology

The 2018 Kia Optima goes above and beyond to keep you safely connected and entertained no matter where you're heading. This model comes standardly equipped with an UVO infotainment system which sports either a 7- or 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity, and smartphone app integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

If you go with the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, you'll miss out on most of these impressive features unless you upgrade to one of the higher trim levels. This model only offers a touch-screen display and smartphone integration when you upgrade from the base trim.

2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra: Which One?

As you can see, the 2018 Kia Optima comes out on top in every category. The Optima goes above and beyond in more than just performance, interior, and technology. Get the full experience by coming down to Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg and getting behind the wheel.

Shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg and Carlisle should give us a call today to set up their test drive!

1 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.


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