The Honda Accord and the Kia Optima share a lot of things in common. They are both come from automakers based in Asia, they are both mid-size sedans, and they both deliver a smart, high-tech driving experience. The differences lie in the details, though. The Kia Optima may have a lot of fun and exciting features, but the basics of what make it a car are lacking. The Honda Accord stays true to its origin as a driver’s car.
The 2020 model years of each car continue to be examples of the same values each has championed for the last few years. The Accord proves its worth once again as the car drivers choose by offering superior handling, lots of standard driver assist features and more. Some of the differences and available features of each car are highlighted in the chart below.
Continuously Variable Transmission, 6-Speed Manual, or 10-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic, or 7-Speed Automated Manual
17-Inch and 19-Inch Wheels
16-Inch and 18-Inch Wheels
While the 2020 Kia Optima may have plenty of features inside, the inside of the engine compartment is lacking compared to what the engine in the 2020 Honda Accord can do. While power isn’t everything, the wider range of transmission choices and larger wheels lets Honda Accord buyers find and get what they want. Both automakers have made conservative design choices with the 2020 model year for the Accord and Optima, so neither really shines out as the better looking car, but a few minutes behind the wheel will tell drivers all they really need to know.