2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Kia Optima

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord
2016 Kia Optima

2016 Kia Optima

The 2016 Honda Accord vs. the 2016 Kia Optima

The 2016 Kia Optima and the 2016 Honda Accord are both leading midsize sedans that might just check all the boxes on your shopping list here in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area. They’re both fuel economy leaders, they both offer up-to-date technology, and they both provide an engaging driving dynamic. So which one will you choose?

Efficiency and Performance

You probably want a vehicle that can provide ample muscle paired with lots of miles per gallon. On that front, the 2016 Kia Optima received a decent EPA estimate of 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway/28 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and automatic transmission. It makes 192 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque with its 2.4L four-cylinder.

The 2016 Honda Accord does much better in fuel economy estimates with a 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway/31 mpg combined* rating from the EPA with its 2.4L four-cylinder and continuously variable transmission. Plus, it offers essentially identical power output with its 2.4L four-cylinder at 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, or 189 hp with Sport exhaust.

It’s clear that while the Accord and Optima are evenly matched when it comes to performance, the Honda Accord has the definite edge in fuel economy!


The 2016 Honda Accord received the best possible Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ while the 2016 Kia Optima only earned the second best Top Safety Pick ranking. In individual testing, the Accord received the best possible ‘Good’ ranking in the small front overlap test while the Optima only earned a second best ‘Acceptable’ ranking. In the Front Crash Prevention category the Honda earns a ‘Superior’ ranking, the top score, with the optional Honda Sensing equipment. The Kia Optima is not available with any front collision prevention technology, and so was not rated.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake

As your premier Elgin area Honda dealership, here at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake we’re happy to invite you test drive the latest Honda Accord at our dealership. Stop by to visit us in Crystal Lake at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. Feel free to call us at 888-905-9883 beforehand to find out more about the Accord, or contact us online with any questions!

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.