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2019 Kia Optima*

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2019 Hyundai Elantra*

2019 Kia Optima vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra

Comparing 2019 Kia Optima vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra quickly shows the difference between a front-of-the-pack midsize sedan and one that trails the rest of the segment. From engine lineup to cargo space, the Kia Optima leaves the Hyundai Elantra far behind. See how it’s a great fit for your Taylor drives, courtesy of LaFontaine Kia.

Read on to compare the two on:

  • Performance
  • Interior Features
  • Interior Dimensions


The 2019 Kia Optima is a surprisingly athletic midsize sedan thanks to three advanced engine options:

  • 2.4L Four-Cylinder: Makes up to 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque.
  • 1.6L Turbocharged Four-Cylinder: Makes up to 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
  • 2.0L Turbocharged Four-Cylinder: Makes up to 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

In contrast, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra feels grossly unpowered:

  • 2.0L Four-Cylinder: Makes 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque.
  • 1.4L Four-Cylinder: Makes 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.
  • 1.6L Four-Cylinder: Makes 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
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Interior Features

Next to the Kia Optima, the Hyundai Elantra feels under-equipped as well as underpowered. Even standard features are bare bones, with only the Kia Optima offering the following features at no added cost:

  • Front Active Headrests
  • Multi-Adjustable Driver’s Seat
  • Dual Zone Temperature Control
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

You’ll also find that most high-end Kia Optima features aren’t available with the Hyundai, including:

  • 10-Speaker Sound System
  • Surround View Monitor (SVM)
  • 12-Way Power-Adjustable Driver’s Seat w/ 4-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • Ventilated Front Seats
2019 optima front interior and instrument panel

Interior Dimensions

Whether you’re packing in cargo for a trip out from Southfield, or taking a family day-trip to Canton, the Hyundai Elantra’s cramped dimensions are going to be a problem. In contrast, the Kia Optima interior feels open and inviting.

  • 2019 Kia Optima
    • Cargo Space: 15.9 cubic feet
    • Passenger Volume: 120.7 cubic feet
    • Front Headroom: 39.8 inches
    • Front Legroom: 45.5 inches
    • Front Hip Room: 56.0 inches
  • 2019 Hyundai Elantra
    • Cargo Space: 14.4 cubic feet
    • Passenger Volume: 95.8 cubic feet
    • Front Headroom: 38.8 inches
    • Front Legroom: 42.2 inches
    • Front Hip Room: 53.4 inches
2019 optima interior side view

Experience the 2019 Optima for Yourself at LaFontaine Kia

Whether you’re comparing it against the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Accord, or anything else in the segment, you’ll always find a reason to choose the 2019 Kia Optima. Need to find out more or arrange a test drive? Learn more about how the Kia brand compares to Hyundai. Don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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