Featuring similar starting prices, cabin space and advanced safety features, it can be difficult choosing between the 2019 Kia Optima vs the 2019 Ford Fusion. However, attentive car shoppers may notice several key differences in engine specifications and technology that make the 2019 Optima more appealing than its Ford competitor. We’ve taken the time to illuminate these discrepancies by creating a side by side comparison.
Both the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Ford Fusion feature three engine options across multiple trim levels. However, drivers who compare the base model of each sedan will see that the 2019 Kia Optima outperforms the 2019 Ford Fusion. The 2019 Optima LX produces 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque, while the 2019 Fusion S only generates 173 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.
2019 Kia Optima
2019 Ford Fusion
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The 2019 Optima is also more fuel-efficient than the 2019 Fusion, especially in city driving conditions. The 2019 Kia Optima LX’s fuel economy ratings are 24 miles per gallon, 33 miles per gallon and 27 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and in combined city/highway driving conditions respectively. The 2019 Fusion features lower ratings across the board, only getting 21 miles per gallon in the city, 32 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 miles per gallon combined.
Another significant contrast exists between the 2019 Optima and the 2019 Fusion in the form of interior technology features. This is particularly noticeable when comparing both sedans’ audio systems. The 2019 Optima comes standard with six speakers, while the 2019 Fusion’s base trim only includes four.
Available 2019 Kia Optima exterior color options include: Sangria, Titanium Silver, Platinum Graphite, Snow White Pearl, Ebony Black, Sparkling Silver, Horizon Blue and Passion Red.