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Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid


PUBLISHED MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021

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Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Hero | CarMax

The demand for hybrid vehicles continues to grow with each new year, and the choice has never been greater. The hybrid versions of the Kia Optima and the Toyota Camry represent great options if you're looking to go longer between fill-ups. These midsize sedans can both seat up to five people and feature roomy cabins, a comfortable ride, and smooth handling — as well as ample cargo space. They are easily maneuverable and sufficiently compact for driving around town, while also providing strong performance with a high level of stability and agility that's necessary for a highway ride.

Be it for your daily commute, grocery shopping, or family vacations, one of these sedans could easily fit your lifestyle. Read on to find out if the Kia Optima Hybrid or Toyota Camry Hybrid might be best for you.

Side-by-Side Comparison

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid

2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Average Price

$19,000

$25,000

Performance

Base Engine

2.0L four-cylinder

2.5L four-cylinder

Horsepower

154

176

MPG

41 mpg combined

52 mpg combined

Interior

Seating

5

5

Cargo Space

13.4 cu-ft

15.1 cu-ft

Front-seat Legroom

45.5 inches

42.1 inches

Rear-seat Legroom

35.6 inches

38.0 inches

Overall Interior Space

118.2 cu-ft

99.9 cu-ft

Ratings

Tailpipe Emissions

213 g/mile

170 g/mile

NHTSA Safety Rating

5/5

5/5

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Features & Trim Options

The Kia Optima Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid come with plenty of standard features that enhance the overall riding experience for you and your passengers. The 2017–2020 Kia Optima Hybrid is available in two trim levels, while the 2017–2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in three trims.

Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Features and Trims #1 | CarMax

The base Kia Optima Hybrid model is equipped with a series of useful convenience features in an overall upscale interior, as well as a host of driver-assistance features. The Camry Hybrid may well lure you in with the intuitive infotainment system and the abundance of storage room (all models from 2017–2020).

If you opt for the Kia Optima Hybrid model from 2017–2020, you can look forward to these standard features, among others:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • 16-inch alloy wheels

  • Heated side mirrors

  • Keyless entry

  • Push-button start

Toyota Camry Hybrid

The responsive Toyota Camry Hybrid, for its part, comes with a strong powertrain and has a nice and quiet cabin that offers plenty of head and legroom for all passengers. Standard features on model years 2017–2020 include:

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Toyota Camry Features and Trims #1 | CarMax
  • Proximity keyless entry

  • Power-adjustable driver's seat

  • Lane departure warning with steering assist

  • 6.1-inch touchscreen

Engine Options

The Kia Optima Hybrid is available with two engine options, both providing a pleasant and quiet ride. The Toyota Camry Hybrid comes with just one powertrain, but it's dynamic and strong, offering great performance on the highway.

Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Kia Optima Engine | CarMax
  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, for a combined 192 horsepower.

  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor delivering a total of 202 horsepower (plug-in hybrid).

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Toyota Camry Engine | CarMax
  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, for a total output of 208 horsepower.

Fuel Economy

The plug-in hybrid version of the 2017–2020 Kia Optima Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined for the hybrid engine and 103 MPGe for the electric-only, while models powered by the 2.0L four-cylinder engine get an EPA-estimated 41 mpg combined.††,3 This kind of gas mileage is a great fit for you if most of your trips are daily commutes to work and running errands around town.

The base trim 2017–2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid, with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, gets an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.†† With an EPA-estimated 53 mpg on the highway, it's perfect for out-of-town trips for work or long-distance family trips.††

Tech Features

There are plenty of standard tech features on both the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The 2017–2020 Kia Optima Hybrid comes with lots of great infotainment and convenience features, such as:

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Kia Optima Tech | CarMax
  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility

  • Bluetooth® connectivity

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • One USB port

  • Satellite radio

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is available in three trim configurations, with the base LE trim equipped with several standard driver-assistance and entertainment features. The SE trim adds various features that make it look and feel sportier, and the top-level XLE trim is the most luxurious one. Here's what you can expect on the base model from 2017–2020.

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Toyota Camry Tech | CarMax
  • Seven-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa

  • Six-speaker stereo system

  • Available Wi-Fi hot spot4

  • Pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection

  • Lane departure warning with steering assist

  • Adaptive cruise control

Cargo Space

The Kia Optima Hybrid has 13.4 cu-ft of cargo room behind the rear seats, which you can fold down in a 60/40 configuration to fit in larger items.

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Kia Optima Cargo | CarMax

The Toyota Camry Hybrid comes with 15.1 cu-ft of cargo space, and a 60/40 split-folding backseat is also standard. If you're looking for maximum space, the Camry is going to better accommodate your needs.

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Toyota Camry Cargo | CarMax

Pricing

The Kia Optima Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid can be found in roughly the same price range. The XLE trim on the Toyota Camry is the most high-end, since it adds various luxury features, whereas the Kia Optima comes in only one trim.

See below for average CarMax prices for all model years of the Kia Optima Hybrid:

  • 2017—Average prices less than $17,000

  • 2018—Average prices less than $18,000

  • 2019—Average prices less than $19,000

  • 2020—Average prices less than $24,000

See below for average CarMax prices for all model years of the Toyota Camry Hybrid:

  • 2017—Average prices less than $20,000

  • 2018—Average prices less than $23,500

  • 2019—Average prices less than $25,000

  • 2020—Average prices less than $25,000

Safety Ratings

The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid achieved an overall five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid also achieved an overall five-star safety rating. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

2019 Optima Hybrid

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

2019 Camry Hybrid

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Test: A head-on collision between two similar vehicles traveling at 35 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Barrier Crash Rating Test: A vehicle standing in an intersection sustains driver-side impact from a vehicle moving at 38.5 mph.

Overall: 5/5

Side Pole Crash Rating Test: A vehicle slides sideways at 20 mph and impacts a tree or telephone pole.

Overall: 5/5

Performance

The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid gets from zero to 60 mph in eight seconds and achieves a top speed of 150 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). The 2019 Optima Hybrid model powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg combined.††

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Kia Optima Performance | CarMax

The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds and achieves a top speed of 128 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid, with its 2.5L four-cylinder engine, gets an EPA-estimated 52 mpg combined.††

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Toyota Camry Performance | CarMax

Emissions

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Kia Optima Emissions | CarMax

According to EPA estimates, the FWD 2020 Kia Optima Hybrid's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 213 grams per mile, while the FWD 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 170 grams per mile. These estimates are based on a brand-new model. Visit fueleconomy.gov for more details.

Kia Optima Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid: Toyota Camry Emissions | CarMax

The Bottom Line

When you take all factors into consideration, both the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Toyota Camry Hybrid are great midsize cars that are suitable for all your daily needs around town, as well as for long-distance family trips. Both have a good number of driver-assistance features as part of the standard equipment, along with intuitive and user-friendly infotainment systems. The Optima has slightly more space in the trunk and up front, but if you regularly carry tall passengers in the back, the little extra legroom in the Camry would be welcomed.

No matter which car you end up choosing, you'll get a spacious, comfortable, and practical vehicle that offers a smooth, quiet ride for all passengers.

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Based on CarMax average prices between June 1, 2019 through January 1, 2021. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
††Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Actual mileage will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition and history, driving and charging habits, accessory use, and driving conditions. Battery capacity may decrease with time and use. See fueleconomy.gov for more info.
3Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
4Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
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