Check Out the Matchup Here at Lancaster Kia!

Both Kia Optima and Ford Fusion are sedans that have been favorites among southeastern PA drivers since the early 2000s. There are many reasons for this, too. When it comes to performance, safety features, technologies, and interior accommodations, each stands out. At the end of the day, though, only one mid-size car gets the edge where it matters most, and that's Kia Optima. So, where does it get it?


  • 2019 Kia Optima S features a 2.4-liter I4 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can deliver 185 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. 2019 Ford Fusion S, however, has a less powerful 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter Duratec I4 pushing only 175 pound-feet. Graduate to 2019 Ford Fusion SE and your prospects don't improve. It offers only a 181-horsepower, 1.5-liter EcoBoost.
  • 2019 Kia Optima EX incorporates a turbocharged 1.6-liter I4 capable of 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a seven-speed DCT. That means no need to fumble with a manual clutch or worry about gear-searching when your torque converter clunks during shifts. 2019 Ford Fusion doesn't offer a dual-clutch transmission anywhere in its lineup.
  • The top 2019 Kia Optima trim builds in a 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter I4 with a six-speed automatic transmission that can dish out a high-performance 260 pound-feet of torque. 2019 Ford Fusion offers a comparable engine at higher trims, a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter model, but Kia Optima stays ahead in the ratings. You'll need to invest in a 2.7-liter V6 at the top of the Ford Fusion line to get 325 horsepower.

Fuel Efficiency

  • Kia Optima can achieve up to 25 MPG city, 35 highway MPG, and 29 MPG combined in its base model, according to the EPA. The Ford Fusion base, however, can only get up to 21 city MPG, 31 MPG on the highway, and 25 combined MPG respectively.
  • Near the top of the line, Kia Optima gas mileage gets even better. Select trims make possible up to 27 MPG in cities, 37 MPG on highways, and 31 MPG combined. Ford Fusion can still only do as well as 23 city MPG, 34 highway MPG, and 27 combined MPG in a comparable model. That's with help from Auto Stop-Start tech to boot.


  • You can finance or lease a new 2019 Kia Optima for thousands less than a new 2019 Ford Fusion.
  • Kia Optima has a better, more comprehensive warranty than Ford Fusion. You get 5 years or 60,000 miles of limited basic coverage and roadside assistance support, a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and 5 years or 100,000 miles of protection against perforation. Ford Fusion only includes 3 years/36,000 miles of basic coverage and 5 years/60,000 miles of powertrain coverage and roadside assistance support.

The ayes have it: 2019 Kia Optima has plenty more advantages, and it's easy to see how it gets the better of 2019 Ford Fusion. However, it also gets a leg up in a few other areas, too, namely safety, interior, and technology. Visit us here at 5250 Main Street and take one for a test drive, and we'll show you!

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