2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Toyota Camry Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Optima

2018 Kia Optima

Basic Warranty

  5 yr / 60,000 mi

Parking Assistance

  Standard


2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Toyota Camry

Basic Warranty

  3 yr / 36,000 mi

Parking Assistance

  Available On Other Styles

2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Toyota Camry

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For several years, the midsize sedan has been one of the more popular vehicles in the market: thanks to its remarkable blend of affordability, efficiency, and reliability. The Toyota Camry has long been one of the oldest and best sellers in this category because it fulfills all three attributes at high levels. However, comparatively new entries like the Kia Optima also emphasize attractive styling and a generosity in providing hi-tech features. For the 2018 model year, Kia continues to make the Optima competitive by adding more amenities, while the Camry is fully redesigned for its eighth production cycle. Both models are evenly matched; they are considered among the top midsize sedans available. However, three factors help put the 2018 Optima at a higher level than the 2018 Camry.

Interior Space

Automakers are striving to provide more roominess in their products than ever before. And that is especially crucial for body styles such as midsize sedans. With the 2018 Toyota Camry, you’d get up to 100.4 cubic feet of passenger volume to accommodate five-occupant seating. There’s also up to 15.1 cubic feet of cargo volume yielded by the trunk for your luggage. Although a five-seater like the Camry, the 2018 Kia Optima offers more total interior space. Passenger volume and cargo volume on the midsize Kia sedan are measured at 104.8 cubic feet and 15.9 cubic feet, respectively.

Smartphone Integration

For 2018, Kia made the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay apps which go with Android smartphones and iPhones, respectively – standard on the Optima. With the aforementioned apps, you can execute infotainment functions on the display screen interface of your stereo head unit from your smartphones. Such functions include turn-by-turn directions, streaming music, making calls or send messages with voice commands, and receiving vital information that includes suggested destinations, upcoming appointments, and weather conditions. Neither Android Auto nor Apple CarPlay is available on the brand-new Camry. Indeed, such an omission is often highlighted by automotive writers as one of the vehicle’s major shortcomings, especially considering that most automobiles have the apps as a standard or available feature.

Blind Spot Monitoring

Also made standard on the Kia Optima for the 2018 model year is a type of advanced safety technology called blind spot monitoring. It consists of a sensor device that detects other vehicles located to your side and rear. Accompanying blind spot monitoring is rear cross-traffic alert for alerting you when you’re backing out of a parking space when traffic is approaching from your sides. By comparison, blind spot monitoring is not standard on all trims of the 2018 Toyota Camry. You’d have to upgrade to the XLE or XSE trim to get that.

Ready to try out the 2018 Kia Optima for your midsize sedan choice, as opposed to the 2018 Toyota Camry? At our dealership in Gainesville, Georgia, we take pride in making sure our customers are received and accommodated excellently, as evidenced by generally favorable reviews on Google and Cars.com. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our sales specialists.