2020 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Safety

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The Optima Hybrid has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Optima Hybrid and the Sonata Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Optima Hybrid has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sonata Hybrid (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Optima Hybrid has larger tires than the Sonata Hybrid (215/55R17 vs. 205/65R16).

The Optima Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sonata Hybrid Blue’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Optima Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Sonata Hybrid Blue.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Optima Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Optima Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Optima Hybrid has 1.4 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sonata Hybrid.

Ergonomics

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The Optima Hybrid’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sonata Hybrid’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Sonata Hybrid SEL/Limited’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Optima Hybrid offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Optima Hybrid’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Sonata Hybrid SEL/Limited.

Both the Optima Hybrid and the Sonata Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Optima Hybrid has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Optima Hybrid has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Only the Sonata Hybrid SEL/Limited offers wireless charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Kia Optima outsold the Hyundai Sonata by 10% during 2019.

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