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Features Comparison: Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia Optima

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model Sonata Sonata Sonata Optima Optima Optima
Trim SE ECO Sport LX EX SX
Engines (show)  
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
185 hp@6000
178 lb-ft@4000
       
turbocharged
1.6L I4
DOHC-4v
177 hp@5500
195 lb-ft@1500
         
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
192 hp@6300
181 lb-ft@4250
     
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic  
7-speed automated manual          
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD
Tires (show)  
205/65HR16 tires
215/55VR17 tires          
215/55HR17 tires          
225/45VR18 tires          
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 6 speakers
Dimension, 7 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Infinity, 8 speakers (with subwoofer)        
Accessories (show)  
Cruise control
First-aid kit      
Hands-free trunk or liftgateRelease latch by waving a foot beneath the bumper.        
Heated steering wheel          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.    
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (remote start, locks, lights, and/or HVAC) from a telephone or computer. Usually requires a monthly fee, though often as part of a package of telematics services.      
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.  
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
911 assistAutomatically contacts 911 through a linked cell phone in the event of a severe collision.      
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.    
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Engine immobilizer (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.      
Knee airbag, driver      
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.        
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.    
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire        
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Vehicle health reportsPeriodically uploads and emails a vehicle diagnostic check.      
Cargo Management (show)  
Air-conditioned storage compartment      
Cargo mat      
Cargo net
Cargo tray      
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.  
Apple Car Play supportRequires compatible Apple iPhone.        
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.    
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.    
Google Projected Mode supportRequires compatible Android phone.        
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.    
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Ionizing air filtrationIonizes air to clean it. Might create high levels of ozone.        
Media drive, smallFlash drive with a small amount of storage for MP3 and other audio files.      
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.    
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.        
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
Siri Eyes Free supportActivate Siri using button on steering wheel. Make calls, hear and dictate texts and email, manage calendar, turn-by-turn nav. Requires iPhone 4S or higher.        
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.      
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.      
Surround sound        
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.      
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.        
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.        
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.      
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.    
Exterior (show)  
Additional chrome trimOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.        
Body kitSide skirts and possibly a front air dam and rear apron.          
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.
Laminated front side windowsReduces interior noise, prevents side windows from shattering.      
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special white          
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.        
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.      
Sport front fascia (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.  
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.      
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.
LED tail lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Power-folding mirrorsMirrors fold and unfold with the touch of a button inside the vehicle. Good for narrow roads and parking lots.        
Rear reading lights        
Speaker lightsLights on speakers beat in time with the music. Can be set to not beat or turned off.        
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.      
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors  
Upgraded instrumentsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.      
Powertrain (show)  
Steering-wheel-mounted transmission controlsPaddles or buttons that can be used to manually shift the transmission. Only listed when optional or not always included with an automatic transmission.          
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets  
Front sport buckets          
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.      
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats        
Floor mats      
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats    
Heated second row seats        
Illuminated door sill trim plates          
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.      
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Manual height adjuster, driver seat            
Manual height adjuster, passenger seat      
Memory system, driver seat        
Metal pedals          
Partial leather seating sufacesEither only the front seats are leather or the upholstery is a mix of cloth and leather.          
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat        
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.
Power recliner, driver seat
Power recliner, passenger seat        
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.      
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.          
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.      

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Option Package Contents

Blue Link

Features
Remote app
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigation
Vehicle health reports

Tech Package

Features
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Dimension, 7 speakers (with subwoofer)

Tech Package

Features
Dimension, 7 speakers (with subwoofer)

Premium Package

Features
Partial leather seating sufaces
Front sport buckets

Convenience Package

Features
Compass
Laminated front side windows
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat
Power recliner, driver seat
Universal garage door opener
Auto-dimming rearview mirror

UVO

Features
Voice control for external devices
SMS text-to-speech reader
911 assist
Bluetooth audio streaming
Media drive, small
App support

Convenience Plus Package

Features
Rearview camera

Premium Package

Features
Heated steering wheel

UVO

Features
Voice control for external devices
SMS text-to-speech reader
911 assist
Bluetooth audio streaming
Media drive, small
App support

Technology Package

Features
Navigation system
Obstacle detection, rear
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

Premium Package

Features
Panoramic sunroof

UVO

Features
Voice control for external devices
SMS text-to-speech reader
911 assist
Bluetooth audio streaming
Media drive, small
App support

Technology Package

Features
Navigation system
Obstacle detection, rear
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Blind spot warning system
Rear cross-traffic detection

Premium Package

Features
Panoramic sunroof

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