2020 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Safety

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The Optima Hybrid’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Optima Hybrid and the Avalon 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Optima Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Avalon Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Optima Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Avalon Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Avalon Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Optima Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon Hybrid:

Optima Hybrid

Avalon Hybrid

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

11 inches

The Optima Hybrid’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Avalon Hybrid are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

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The Optima Hybrid has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Avalon Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the Optima Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid XLE’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Optima Hybrid’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Optima Hybrid is 4.8 inches shorter than the Avalon Hybrid, making the Optima Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Kia Optima Hybrid amounts to more than styling. The Optima Hybrid has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .24 Cd. That is lower than the Avalon Hybrid (.27) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Optima Hybrid get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Optima Hybrid has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear hip room than the Avalon Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Optima Hybrid’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The Optima Hybrid’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Avalon Hybrid’s passenger power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Avalon Hybrid Limited’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Optima Hybrid’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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. Wireless charging costs extra on the Avalon Hybrid.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Optima Hybrid will be $159 to $6238 less than for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

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