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If you are willing to look at a vehicle that is a few years old, you are bound to find a good deal on a reliable car that will last. In the midsize car segment, two heavyweights from 2016 both offer an incredibly solid product for the price and should be on the top of anyone’s list when looking for a used vehicle, the 2016 Kia Optima and the 2016 Honda Accord. Here is everything you need to know about the 2016 Kia Optima and the 2016 Honda Accord perform head to head.

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2016 Kia Optima: specs, features, and price

The 2016 Kia Optima is a front-wheel drive, four-door sedan capable of seating five passengers. This 2016 Optima comes in five different trim levels including the LX, LX Turbo, EX, SX Turbo, and SXL Turbo. While every trim level for the 2016 Optima comes with an automatic transmission, there are four different engine configurations to choose from, ranging from a 1.6L turbo four-cylinder engine producing 178 horsepower, all the way up to a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder producing 245 horsepower.

The Optima made a name for itself in safety, with the 2016 model taking home the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus for the 2016 model year. When it comes to features, the 2016 Optima has plenty of options that keep this car feeling new, including an available navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and available wireless phone charging. According to U.S. News, the 2016 Kia Optima currently has an average retail price of $14,846.

2016 Honda Accord: specs, features, and price

The Honda Accord returned for the 2016 model year with a great number of options and features. If you are looking for a used 2016 Accord, there are a wide array of different trim levels to choose from, six in total, including the base LX model, LX-S, Sport, EX, EX-L, and top-of-the-line Touring model.

Depending on the trim level, the 2016 Accord comes with either a 185 horsepower 2.4L four-cylinder engine paired to a CVT transmission, or a 278 horsepower 3.5L V6 engine, which is paired to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

For the 2016 Accord, every trim level comes standard with a rearview camera and an 8-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPay and Andriod Auto as an option. When it comes to safety, the 2016 Honda Accord received all “good” ratings from the IIHS, and all four and five-star ratings from the NHTSA, also taking home a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the IIHS for 2016.

According to U.S. News, drivers can expect to pick up a used 2016 Honda Accord for around $17,925 today.

2016 Kia Optima vs. Honda Accord: What’s the verdict?

When it comes to pitting the 2016 Kia Optima and 2016 Honda Accord against each other, the winner may surprise you. According to U.S. News rankings, the Accord falls short of the Optima in a few key areas.

Right off the bat, the 2016 Accord is much more expensive than the 2016 Optima on dealer lots, with a reported $3,000 average price difference on used car lots. The Optima also has better fuel economy numbers with an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway when compared to the Honda Accord’s 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

Both of these vehicles are nearly identical in every way, with the Kia Optima looking like a better choice for many drivers. However, if you are looking for a used vehicle, you can’t go wrong with either of these options!


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