2020 Acura ILX vs. 2020 Kia Optima: Compare reviews, safety ratings, fuel economy, etc.

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2020 Acura ILX vs. 2020 Kia Optima Review

New 2020 Acura ILX

2020 Acura

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New 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia

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$25,900 to $31,780
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$23,390 to $32,190
Invoice* $24,617 to $30,187 $22,572 to $30,903
MPG - City 24 21 - 27
MPG - Hwy 34 30 - 37
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Optima than the Acura ILX, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Acura ILX.

With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Acura ILX, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Acura ILX is somewhat more expensive than the Kia Optima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Acura ILX will cost more in transportation costs than the Kia Optima.

Since the Acura ILX is much slimmer than the Kia Optima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Acura ILX is slightly shorter than the Kia Optima, which may make it easier to park.

With its lower torque, the Acura ILX doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Kia Optima.

When it comes to horsepower, the Acura ILX is somewhat more powerful than the Kia Optima.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Acura ILX and the Kia Optima. The Acura ILX has significantly less cargo room than the Kia Optima, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

The basic warranty of the Acura ILX is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.