2019 Kia Optima vs 2019 Toyota Camry

Any car lover should have a soft spot in their heart for the midsize sedan. These tried-and-true models are quintessential automobiles. Think about it- when you try (to varying degrees of success) to draw a picture of car, how many of you instinctively outline a crossover SUV? We're guessing not many.

Though sedans aren’t in the spotlight as much these days, that hasn't stopped automakers from continuing to innovate and refine these vehicles into truly wondrous modern mobile marvels. The 2019 Kia Optima is right at the forefront of this innovation, coming into the 2019 model year with a host of exciting upgrades and refinements.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Toyota Camry is an old veteran of the sedan class, and one of the most commonly purchased vehicles in the U.S. Is this regime-like dominance justified, or is time to stop following the crowd and make way for some real innovation? We’ll let you be the judge based on today’s model comparison.

2019 Kia Optima


2019 Toyota Camry


​​​​​​Engine Options 2

15.9 cubic feet

Trunk Size 14.1 cubic feet
45.5 inches Front-row legroom 42.1 inches
121 cubic feet Passenger Space 100 cubic feet
Yes J.D. Power Initial Quality Study mass-market leaders? No
10 years / 100,000 miles Engine/Powertrain Warranty 5 years / 60,000 miles
5 years / 60,000 miles Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles
$22,990 Starts at... $23,845


Is the 2019 Toyota Camry worth the higher price?

It looks as though the 2019 Toyota Camry has grown complacent over the years. Despite demanding a higher starting price, it fails to outshine the 2019 Kia Optima in many key areas. This is further reflected in the small amount of changes Toyota made to it’s 2019 Camry from the 2018 model year. The only big change is the addition of Apple CarPlay. It’s not hard to imagine the dialogue at Toyota bigwigs' strategy meetings: “Eh, why spend money changing it? Just put the same thing out again. People will buy it anyway!”

Standard Features in the 2019 Kia Optima

The 2019 Kia Optima impresses with its boatload (or should we say carload?) of standard equipment. Standardized driver-assistance features on all trims of the 2019 Kia Optima include:

  • Driver-Attention Monitoring System
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Lane Keeping Assist

In the 2019 Toyota Camry, the driver-aids aren’t as well optimized as in the Optima, often acting overly-sensitive. Compounding this problem for the Camry is the fact that several of them cannot be turned off completely.

Technology in the 2019 Kia Optima and 2019 Toyota Camry

The 2019 Toyota Camry advertises its inclusion of smartphone technology, something Toyota has been notoriously reticent with in the past. However, it has no Android Auto, and the Apple CarPlay integration is clunky at best, requiring use of Toyota’s cumbersome “Entune” app to get it all up and running. Additionally, there is no built-in navigation, leaving us feeling stranded.

The 2019 Kia Optima, on the other hand, boasts a bright and attractive touchscreen with additional physical buttons that make it easy to access all features. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are fully integrated, along with two USB ports. And you get built-in navigation.

The Toyota Camry is a giant, and one of the top-selling cars in America. But do you want to stand out, or be just another mindless follower of the common horde? Show Toyota that you demand more from your vehicles. Fill out the form below to schedule a test drive or get more information today.

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