2020 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

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Safety

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The Optima Plug-In 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 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Optima Plug-In Hybrid and the Sonata Plug-In 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning 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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On the EPA test cycle the Optima Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity (103 city/100 hwy vs. 99 city/100 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Optima Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine (39 city/44 hwy vs. 37 city/42 hwy).

The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 28 miles, about 11 times as far as the MDX’s 3-mile range.

The Optima Plug-In Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 28 miles. The MDX must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Optima Plug-In 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 Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space

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The Optima Plug-In Hybrid has .7 inches more front hip room and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid.

Ergonomics

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The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Optima Plug-In Hybrid has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Limited.

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

Recommendations

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

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

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