2019 Kia Optima or 2019 Ford Fusion? Compare Them Here at Murray Kia -- and See How Optima Pulls Ahead

Ours has been a favorite sedan of drivers the whole of southeastern PA over since its debut in 2000. Theirs, a little newer to the segment, made its appearance in 2006. Both, however, are mid-size cars at the top of their games regarding performance, safety features, leading-edge tech, and exceptional accommodations. So where does Kia Optima get the better of Ford Fusion? The experts at Murray Kia have made figuring that out a breeze. Take a look at the play-by-play.


Base models like 2019 Optima S feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 185 horsepower backed by 178 pound-feet of torque. 2019 Fusion and its base S trim features a less powerful 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter Duratec I4, capable of only 175 pound-feet, and you'll only find a 1.5-liter EcoBoost that puts out 181 horsepower in the step up to 2019 Fusion SE.

A turbocharged 1.6-liter I4 comes standard in 2019 Optima EX, on the other hand, prepared to dish out 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. That means no fumbling for a manual clutch and no torque converter clunk during shifts. No DCT if offered, however, anywhere in the Fusion lineup.

The top Optima tier features a 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four with a six-speed auto transmission that dishes out a high-octane 260 pound-feet of torque. Fusion offers a comparable 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter at its higher trim levels, but Optima remains ahead in the ratings. You'll need to go top-of-the-Fusion-line to a 2.7-liter V6 to get 325 horsepower.

Fuel Efficiency

The latest Optima can get up to 25 city MPG, 35 highway MPG, and 29 combined MPG in its base, according to the EPA. Fusion, however, only gets up to 21 city MPG, 31 highway MPG, and 25 combined MPG respectively at its entry level. Things even better for Optima near the line's head, too, as it makes possible up to 27 MPG city, 37 MPG highway, and 31 MPG combined. Fusion can still only get up to 23 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, and 27 MPG combined in a comparable model, and that's with the help of Auto Stop-Start tech.


Financing or leasing a new 2019 Optima is the more affordable choice. The LX base's approximate MSRP starts around $22,900, and it rises to only around $31,900 for a fully loaded SX. The new Fusion S costs a comparable $22,800 at base, but its highest trim, V6 Sport, is much more expensive than Optima -- about a whopping $40,015.

Optima brings with it a better warranty -- and peace of mind. It features:

  • 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic and roadside assistance coverage
  • 10 years or 100,000 miles of limited coverage on its powertrain
  • 5-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation protection

Fusion, however, includes only 3 years/36,000 miles of basic and 5 years/60,000 miles of roadside assistance and powertrain coverage.

The verdict is clear: 2019 Kia Optima has several advantages, and it's plain to see not only how it stands out from its rivals but also among new Kia cars and SUVs here in Conshohocken, PA. Would you believe the car also gets a leg up on Fusion in a few other safety, interior, and technology areas? Visit us here at 1402 West Ridge Pike for a test drive, and we'll show you!

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