Kia Optima vs. Toyota Camry

Both the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Toyota Camry are drawing the attention of drivers in the market for a new mid-sized sedan. To help highlight the Kia Optima and Toyota Camry differences, the specialists at Youngblood Kia have chosen two trims - the Optima SX and Camry XLE - and compared them across four different categories. If you still have questions after reading, you can learn more about the Optima on our model hub page. You can also get in touch with our dealership in Springfield, MO by filling out our contact form or by calling (866) 825-9532.


The 2019 Kia Optima SX is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine that provides a spirited driving experience. If you're looking to add a little excitement to your daily drive, the Optima has more power than the Camry XLE. Take a look at full engine specs for both models in the table below.

Kia Optima SX


Toyota Camry XLE

2.0L Turbocharged DOHC I4


2.5L DOHC I4

245 HP


203 HP

260 lb.-ft.


184 lb.-ft.

21 city / 30 highway

Fuel Economy

28 city / 39 highway


Deciding which interior is more visually desirable will ultimately depend on personal preferences. However, the Optima's interior has more personalization options, so drivers and passengers alike will be as comfortable as possible while inside this striking sedan.

Optima Interior

Kia Optima SX


Toyota Camry XLE

  • Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ premium surround sound
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Heated, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel
  • Dual-zone full automatic temperature control
  • Sport leather seat trim
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar support and integrated memory feature

  • 10-way power-adjustable passenger's seat with 2-way power lumbar support
  • Heated & ventilated front seats

Key Interior Features

  • Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-trimmed multi-stage heated front seats
  • 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support
  • 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat


To keep drivers and passengers connected while out on the road, both the Kia Optima and Toyota Camry include impressive technology packages. While the Camry is equipped with many useful features, there is even more technology packed into the Optima.

Optima Technology

Kia Optima SX


Toyota Camry XLE

  • UVO link with 8-in. touch-screen display
  • Voice-command navigation system
  • SiriusXM® Traffic & HD Radio™
  • Android Auto™ / Apple CarPlay™ compatibility
  • Bluetooth® Hands-Free
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Drive mode select
  • Supervision Meter Cluster with 4.3-in. thin film transistor & color LCD display
  • Smart key with push-button start

Key Tech Features

  • 8-in. touch-screen display
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • SiriusXM®
  • Apple CarPlay™ compatibility
  • Bluetooth® Hands-Free
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • 7-in. TFT multi-information display
  • Drive mode select
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging
  • Smart Key System with push button start


Both of these sedans are known for being well equipped with reliable safety technology. Regardless of which car you are driving, you will feel safe behind the wheel. However, the Kia Optima SX offers several features that are not included with the Camry, including a driver attention warning and lane-keeping assist-line.

Optima Safety

Kia Optima SX


Toyota Camry XLE

  • Rear-camera display
  • Reverse park distance warning
  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward collision-avoidance assistance with pedestrian detection
  • Smart cruise control with stop & go
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist-line
  • Driver attention warning

Key Safety Features

  • Integrated backup camera with dynamic gridlines
  • Full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control
  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure alert with steering assist
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Test Drive the Kia Optima in Springfield, MO

Ready to get behind the wheel of the 2019 Kia Optima and experience it for yourself? Youngblood Kia has an expansive lineup of new Kia Optima models ready to go. Browse our new inventory to see what we have available at our dealership in Springfield, MO, and then use our online form to schedule a test drive. To speak to a Youngblood Kia representative directly, you can call us at (866) 825-9532.