2019 Honda Accord vs 2019 Kia Optima 

2019 Honda Accord vs 2019 Kia Optima

Despite the rising popularity of crossovers, midsize sedans remain a great option for unwavering dependability, low cost of ownership and staggering fuel efficiency ratings. Join us as we take two of the market’s top players – the 2019 Honda Accord and the 2019 Kia Optima – and pit them against each other in this model comparison.

The 2019 Honda Accord offers six trim levels to choose from – LX, Hybrid, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. On the 2019 Kia Optima, drivers choose between the LX, S, EX and SX. Starting from the base level with the Accord LX and the Optima LX, you can see what each model has to offer for standard engine performance in the table below.

2019 Honda Accord LX 


2019 Kia Optima LX 

$24,615*  Starting MSRP  $23,820 
1.5-liter turbo I4  Base Engine      2.4-liter I4 
30 city / 38 highway**  Fuel Economy  25 city / 35 mpg 
192 hp / 192 lb-ft  Horsepower / Torque      185 hp / 178 lb-ft 

* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $930.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery package/condition and other factors.

Main Differences Between the 2019 Honda Accord and 2019 Kia Optima 

Aside from the base powertrain packages reflected above, the 2019 Honda Accord and the 2019 Kia Optima both offer an available 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Accord makes better use of the engine, returning 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. On the Optima, the turbo maxes out at 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

When it comes to interior space, the Honda Accord comes out on top with 105.6 cubic feet of standard passenger space and a cargo volume of 16.7 cubic feet. The Kia Optima caps its offerings with 104.8 cubic feet for passenger space and a cargo volume of 15.9 cubic feet.

On either model, you can find a standard touchscreen display, while the higher trim levels get an 8-inch color touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and a 10-speaker audio system.

The top-level 2019 Honda Accord Touring stands out with an impressive list of high-tech features, including Mobile Hotspot Capability, a Wireless Charging Pad and Satellite-Linked Navigation. Try as you might, you won’t find any of those features on the 2019 Kia Optima.