2017 Kia Optima vs Toyota Camry

2017 Kia Optima vs Nissan Altima

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It’s tough to beat the family-friendliness of four-door sedans like the 2017 Kia Optima and Toyota Camry, with their smooth rides and roomy cabins. If you’re shopping the segment, it’s no surprise that you have your eye on these two models. But which one is right for you? Our comparison guide will help you decide.

2017 Kia Optima vs Toyota Camry

Interior Comfort

The Optima is certainly affordable, but it never lacks for luxury. The cabin’s high-quality materials give it an upscale vibe. Also, seating is plush, yet supportive – which is exactly what you need on a road trip. Best of all, both rows of seating have enough head and leg room for a cabin full of adult-size passengers.

The Toyota Camry is another incredibly spacious mid-size sedan. In addition to hosting plenty of space for adults, the spacious backseat makes it easy to install a rear-facing child seat. The Camry may not be as luxurious as the Optima, but it’s certainly family-friendly.


Smartphone junkies need Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, technology that displays apps like Phone and Messages on the Optima’s central touchscreen. You can even use voice controls to ask the system to read your texts aloud, so there’s absolutely no reason to look away from the road. Kia’s Uvo infotainment system is another big plus; its responsive touchscreen is replete with intuitive menus.

With its Entune electronics interface, the Toyota Camry makes it easy to stream music from your smartphone or even make a hands-free call on your way home from work. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available with the Camry, so you miss out on using your phone’s sophisticated voice controls. This also means that if you want navigation, you’re going to have to pay extra for Toyota’s version of that technology, because you can’t project your phone’s Google Maps app onto the touchscreen.

Power and Performance

In the 2017 Kia Optima, you get a smooth, quiet ride and plenty of fuel economy to boot. Depending on which powertrain you select, the Optima earns up to 28 city/37 highway mpg. And, on the highway, the cabin quells road and wind noise, so your kids won’t be able to pretend they can’t hear you.

Similarly, the Camry supplies plenty of on-road refinement, so you and your family can enjoy a smooth road trip. However, in the Toyota Camry, you only earn up to 24/33 mpg.


The Toyota Camry is highly qualified to put your mind at ease. In government crash tests, the Camry earned a perfect five-star rating. When you add the Technology package, high-tech driver aids like blind-spot warning use radar to detect nearby danger. The forward collision mitigation system can sense an oncoming crash and, when it does, it automatically applies the brakes to reduce damages.

The 2017 Kia Optima provides a strong sense of dependability, with pristine crash-test scores and high-tech driver aids. It also earned top marks in government crash tests. Like the Camry, the Optima offers emergency telematics features, including roadside assistance and emergency collision notification. Unfortunately, Kia’s navigation system can’t be programmed while driving, so you have to pick a destination before you leave.

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2017 Kia Optima vs Nissan Altima

The Toyota Camry has many fine points, but the 2017 Kia Optima is our overall pick. It leads the way in passenger comfort — you can even add luxury features, like heated and cooled seats, for a great price. The Optima’s tech features also leave the competition in the dust, displaying important smartphone apps on your central touchscreen so you don’t have to look away from the road. Overall, the Optima offers you the best performance for the price.