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2017 Kia Optima vs Ford Fusion

2017 Kia Optima vs Honda Accord

With family-friendly strengths like roomy seating and modern technology, the 2017 Kia Optima and the Ford Fusion are highly coveted sedans in certain circles. These circles include drivers who want to balance a sporty ride with thrifty fuel economy - and also those who crave a little luxury. Which is best for you, the Optima or the Fusion? Read our comparison guide to find out.

2017 Kia Optima vs Ford Fusion

Interior Comfort

Being stuck in traffic is not exactly enjoyable, but the Kia Optima's luxurious cabin lessens the burden by keeping you comfy. Besides offering plush cushioning, both rows of seating are spacious, so you don't have to worry about your kids outgrowing the Optima or your passengers being uncomfortable.

The Ford Fusion also puts a premium on comfort. No one can say it isn't roomy - that's for sure. The only catch here is that you have to pay extra for niceties like leather upholstery and heated front seats. With the Optima, these come standard on the mid-grade EX. The mid-grade Fusion SE only offers these luxuries as cost-extra options.

Fuel Economy

Both sedan models offer a similar MSRP, but the 2017 Kia Optima also introduces increased savings. Depending on powertrain configurations, the Optima earns up to 28 city/37 highway mpg. Thrifty fuel mileage means you can increase both the fun in your life - more pizza nights! cronuts! - and your savings account.

The Ford Fusion is also designed to get you around town with fuel to spare. It achieves up to 23/34 mpg, depending which engine option you like. It's not completely on par with the Optima, but you won't get to know the gas station attendant's life story either.

Technology

The Fusion's Sync 3 technology features a touchscreen that's always quick to respond to your commands. Ford's newest infotainment system also includes voice controls, so you can keep both hands on the wheel as you search for new music or order Thai takeout. The Fusion's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology takes things a step further, displaying smartphone apps directly on the Fusion's central touchscreen, so features like Phone and Message are within safe reach.

The 2017 Kia Optima also gets props for its technology features. Like the Fusion, it offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for complete smartphone integration. The Optima's rearview camera increases visibility as you hightail it out of parking lots, but, unlike in the Fusion, it's not standard equipment - you have to pay extra for it.

Passenger Protection

The Optima gets another huge gold star for its crash-test ratings and high-tech safety aids. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Optima a 2017 Top Safety Pick+. The IIHS also gave the Optima's front crash prevention system a rare score of "Superior." This technology includes emergency braking, which means the Optima comes to a quick stop in the face of danger.

The Fusion isn't far behind. The IIHS named this sedan a 2017 Top Safety Pick (but not a Top Safety Pick+ - a subtle difference). The forward collision warning system doesn't automatically apply the brakes, but it does prime them to give you maximum stopping power.

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2017 Kia Optima vs Honda Accord

The 2017 Kia Optima and Ford Fusion are both impressive sedans, but the Optima is our first choice for family-friendliness and lasting performance. (Did we mention that Kia has the best new car warranty coverage out there? It includes a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.) The Optima's supportive cushioning and stylish luxury - including optional leather upholstery and cozy heated seats - is what you need for a long commute. Then there's the excellent fuel mileage, which is equally beneficial for commuters, and the technology gear that helps keep you connected on those commutes. Kia delivers big with the comfortable, high-performing Optima.