Hyundai Sonata Hybrid  vs Kia Optima LX Hybrid 

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

  • $26k
  • 2.4L Hybrid
  • 36 city 40 hwy
After driving the 2013 Sonata Hybrid, we can say it's a definite improvement on the first two years of Sonata Hybrid.
by The Car Connection (Aug, 2013)
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Kia Optima LX Hybrid

  • $26k
  • 2.4L Hybrid
  • 36 city 40 hwy
That combined with an independent suspension, giving the Optima a quick, nimble feel-even though if handling is one of your top priorities you'd probably be happier with the Fusion, Mazda6, or Altima.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Sonata Hybrid vs Optima LX Hybrid

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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Climate friendly

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Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Sonata Hybrid vs Optima LX Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog-first view of Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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Front view of Kia Optima LX Hybrid

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Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$25,650 9.8¢/mile Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Kia Optima LX Hybrid $25,900 9.8¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Kia Optima LX Hybrid
Price $5,130 ($25,650) $5,180 ($25,900)
Fuel $1,472 (1,990 gallons) $1,472 (1,990 gallons)
City 36 MPG 36 MPG
Highway 40 MPG 40 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Sonata Hybrid  vs Optima LX Hybrid 

8.6
8.4
But it's functional; you'll find an iconographic representation of a person for the climate controls and door trim that flows in well-coordinated fashion into the dash—all aspects we appreciate.
Sonata Hybrid

8.8
9.2
It's essentially a black mesh grille bordered by angular headlights, and the design enhances the car's aggressiveness.
Optima LX Hybrid

7.7
7.8
From its cross-hatch front grille and long sweptback headlight housing, to the weather-vane-style wheels on the SX trim, the Optima looks likes it's going fast even when it's parked.
Optima LX Hybrid

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Sonata Hybrid  vs
Optima LX Hybrid 
Brand Hyundai Kia
Body style
Sedan
Model year 2013 2013
City range 619 miles 619 miles
Highway range 688 miles 688 miles
MSRP $26k $26k
Annual cost $6,574 $6,624

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.4L 2.4L
Air compressor None None
Fuel
Hybrid
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 2WD 6-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 11.81 in Ventilated Disc 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.22 in Ventilated Disc 11.18 in Disc
Front wheel width 205 205
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 65

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Airbags
Driver
Passenger
Side
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 72.2 in 72.1 in
Front track width 62.9 in 63 in
Height 57.7 in 57.1 in
Ground clearance 5.1 in 5.1 in
Length 189.8 in 190.7 in
Wheelbase 110 in 110 in
Curb weight 3,457 lb 3,496 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 61 ft³ 60 ft³
Rear seat room 43 ft³ 42 ft³

emissions

Sonata Hybrid  vs
Optima LX Hybrid 
EPA smog score 9 9
EPA GHG score 9 9
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.32 g 0.32 g
Combined CO2/mile 237 g 237 g
Methane/mile 0 g 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.01 g 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1 1
Vapor canister capacity 130 g 130 g
Bleed canisters 1 1
Bleed canister capacity 3 g 3 g
Catalytic converters 2 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas No No

power & handling

Max torque 154 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM 154 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max HP 159 HP @ 5,500 RPM 159 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 21.74 lb/hp 21.99 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 feet 35.8 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume No Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A

features

Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
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