2019 Kia Optima Hybrid vs Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Gateway Quakertown PA

As we enter 2019, it’s no secret hybrid vehicles, due to their cost efficiency and environmental contributions, are a hot commodity. However, few hybrids are able to rival the strength, presentation, and power of the 2019 Optima Hybrid, especially when compared to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

The Optima is equipped with a uniquely designed powertrain for reaching an EPA-estimated combined 41 mpg. Also included, is a standard 3-way drive mode system that includes: normal, eco, and sport. Packing 192 horsepower/6,000 rpm, the Optima does see competition within the Sonata, clocking in at 193 horsepower with a 40-mpg combined.

Running on a standard lithium polymer battery, the Optima has also received praise for its safety system, including a standard blind spot collision warning, a rear cross traffic collision warning, and a standard park distance warning. The Sonata also comes with its fair share of safety features. But where the Sonata begins to truly falter is within its interior.

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid


2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid


Fuel Economy (combined) 40

2.0 Liter Inline 4

Engine 2.0 Liter Inline 4

192 hp @ 6000 rpm


193 hp @ 6000 rpm

Front wheel drive

Drive-type Front wheel drive




45.5 / 35.6

Leg Room: Front/Rear (in.)

42.3 / 36.0

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid: Leading Sedan Hybrid.

The Sonata’s interior space and accommodation for 5-people is arguably less accommodating than the Optima Hybrid. From an interior standpoint, it’s hard to ignore the overall beauty of the Hyundai Sonata, including an upgraded touch-display from previous models. Yet, on a functional level, the car falls flat with low fuel economy for a hybrid, poor regenerative brakes, and unpowered engine support at high speeds.

In total, as far as reliability, spaciousness, safety, and performance is concerned, the winning decision is the 2019 Optima Hybrid.

Looking to travel in style while helping the environment? Then the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid is your choice. Schedule a test drive today.


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