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2019 Toyota Camry*

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2019 Kia Optima*

2019 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Kia Optima

When you match up the Optima vs. Camry, you’ll find that the 2019 Kia Optima lags behind in performance and fuel efficient. While both models include standard active safety features, the 2019 Toyota Camry has several systems that are unique. Find out more in this comparison from Toyota of Gastonia, your Lincolnton area Toyota dealer.

Fuel Efficiency

While the Optima has a slightly lower starting price, the Camry offers efficiency that’ll save you money at Charlotte gas pumps. And with Toyota lease deals and incentives, this Toyota sedan is more approachable than ever. See how their base trims compare in EPA-estimated fuel economy:

  • 2019 Toyota Camry L
    • City: 29 mpg
    • Highway: 41 mpg
    • Combined: 34 mpg
  • 2019 Kia Optima LX
    • City: 24 mpg
    • Highway: 33 mpg
    • Combined: 27 mpg

Both models come equipped with four-cylinder engines, but the Camry uses an 8-speed automatic, while the Optima’s transmission is only a 6-speed automatic.



With the Camry’s superior efficiency, you might expect it to lag behind in performance. However, the opposite is the case. It supplies more horsepower and torque for a spirited driving experience:

  • 2019 Toyota Camry L
    • Engine: 2.5L 4-Cylinder
    • Horsepower: 203 hp
    • Torque: 184 lb-ft
  • 2019 Kia Optima LX
    • Engine: 2.4L 4-Cylinder
    • Horsepower: 185 hp
    • Torque: 178 lb-ft

On top of that, the Camry is offered with a V6 engine in the XSE V6 or XLE V6 trims. The Optima can be equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder, but it doesn’t match the horsepower or torque of the upgraded V6 Camry.


Standard Features

The Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) system offer similar active safety as you’ll find in the Kia Optima, but it also comes with a few unique passive safety features:

  • LED Headlights
  • LED Brake Lights
  • Driver and Front Passenger Knee Airbags
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Find the Toyota Camry for Sale Near Shelby

What’s the best way to experience the difference between the Camry and the Optima? Get behind the wheel at Toyota of Gastonia. We’re happy to go over the advantages of the Camry SE or Camry LE models. Contact us today with any questions!

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