Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2016 Kia Optima Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2016 Kia Optima

Safety Comparison

Both the Accord Sedan and the Optima have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Kia Optima:

 

Accord Sedan

Optima

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

211

282

Neck Injury Risk

35%

50%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

192 lbs.

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

101 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Kia Optima:

 

Accord Sedan

Optima

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

150 G’s

178 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

303

319

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

569 lbs.

933 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

558 lbs.

585 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Accord Sedan’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Optima runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 61 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord Sedan third among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Optima isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Accord Sedan has more powerful engines than the Optima:

 

Horsepower

Accord Sedan 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

Accord Sedan Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

189 HP

Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6

278 HP

Optima LX Turbo 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

178 HP

Optima 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

Optima SX/SXL 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Accord Sedan 4 cyl. is faster than the Kia Optima 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Accord Sedan

Optima

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Optima:

 

 

Accord Sedan

Optima

 

 

2.4 4 cyl. (185 HP)/6-spd. Manual

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.4 4 cyl. (185 HP)/CVT

27 city/36 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.4 4 cyl. (189 HP)/Auto

26 city/34 hwy

24 city/34 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Accord Sedan V6’s fuel efficiency. The Optima doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Optima:

 

Accord Sedan Sport/Touring

Optima

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

12 inches

The Accord Sedan stops much shorter than the Optima:

 

Accord Sedan

Optima

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Optima (235/40R19 vs. 225/45R18).

The Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Optima SX/SXL’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring has standard 19-inch wheels. The Optima’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Optima doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Accord Sedan Sport handles at .87 G’s, while the Optima LX Turbo pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Accord Sedan Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Optima LX Turbo (26.9 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Accord Sedan uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Optima doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Accord Sedan has .5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Optima.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The Optima’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring. The Optima doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Optima doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Accord Sedan’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Optima’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

If the windows are left down on the Accord Sedan the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Optima can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Accord Sedan’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Optima’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Accord Sedan Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Consumer Reports rated the Accord Sedan’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Optima’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Accord Sedan has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Optima only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Accord Sedan has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Optima.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Optima because it costs $360 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Accord Sedan than the Optima, including $64 less for a water pump, $20 less for front brake pads and $32 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Accord Sedan

Optima

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 21 of the last 24 years. The Optima has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 4 years. The Optima has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Accord outsold the Kia Optima by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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