Ford vehicles have taken their rightful place in the U.S., and did so long ago. They're popular due to their legacy from Henry Ford through the current day, and for their value, design, and more. But where does that leave Kia models? Would you be surprised if we told you Kia has several award-winning models, with praise for their safety, design features and driving experience, among other factors? It's true, and the 2017 Kia Optima has a nice lineage as a safe, affordable, and powerful midsize sedan that drives circles around the 2017 Ford Fusion, another midsize sedan.
Not only has the Optima been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the seventh consecutive model year, it comes in its base trim level with 185 horsepower, a nice jump up from the 2017 Fusion's 175 HP for its base trim. The 2017 Optima saves you a significant amount of money at the pump, with a fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway to the 2017 Fusion's 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, not to mention the LX 1.6T trim option of the 2017 Optima which has a turbocharged engine and which averages 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway.
|2017 Kia Optima||Vs.||2017 Ford Fusion|
|25, 36||MPG (city, highway)||21, 32|
|104.8||Passenger Room (cubic feet)||102.8|
|Yes||Available Dynamic Bending Lights?||No|
|Yes||Autonomous Emergency Braking Available?||No|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Warranty Coverage: Limited Powertrain||5 years or 60,000 miles|
|5 years or 60,000 miles||Warranty Coverage: Bumper-to-Bumper||3 years or 36,000 miles|
There's plenty to enjoy on the inside of the 2017 Kia Optima, as well, including safety features like available Autonomous Emergency Braking, which pumps the brakes for you if you don't have the time in an emergency situation. This is a feature the 2017 Ford Fusion does not share, nor does it come with available Dynamic Bending Lights, another feature available for the 2017 Optima, which "sees" around corners and keeps you safer at night with an increased field of vision.
Interested in a stylish, feature-filled and affordably-priced Kia Optima? That's good news, because we carry it on the lot at Boucher Kia of Racine, 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, though we also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information regarding the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive.