2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Kia Optima Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

There's no shortage of midsize sedans on the road today, but none is better suited to life in Utah than the 2020 Subaru Legacy. Not only does it have the comfort and space that makes the segment attractive, but it's also equipped with the capability that Subaru is known for. This makes it more than a match for competitors like the 2020 Kia Optima. See how these two compare below before you schedule your Subaru test drive.

LED headlight close-up on a Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Kia Optima: Design

Even from the outside, the Subaru Legacy stands out. Its 17-inch alloy wheels are more prominent than the 16-inch wheels on the Kia Optima, and it comes standard with LED headlights. To get LED headlights On the 2020 Kia Optima, you'd have to pay more. And you'll find more than just a better-equipped exterior in the Subaru Legacy: the interior is also roomier. The 2020 Subaru Legacy has almost an entire cubic foot more interior passenger volume than the 2020 Kia Optima. It may not seem like much on paper, but it makes a difference once you step inside and experience it for yourself.

11.6-inch touchscreen in a Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Kia Optima: Infotainment

The 2020 Kia Optima comes with a pretty standard 8-inch touchscreen. Something like that might be impressive enough if you were looking at it in isolation, but the Subaru Legacy blows it out of the water. At the entry level, the 2020 Subaru Legacy is equipped with two 7-inch touchscreens. Choose any of the other models and you'll get an 11.6-inch touchscreen! As if this weren't enough, the 2020 Subaru Legacy also offers a more advanced available sound system. Upgrade to the 2020 Subaru Legacy Limited, Limited XT, or Touring XT and you'll get a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. The most you'll get in the Kia Optima is a 10-speaker system.

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Subaru Legacy driving down a city street

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Kia Optima: Performance

The Subaru Legacy and the Kia Optima have engines with similar horsepower and torque, but the Subaru Legacy gets better gas mileage in the city, thanks to its CVT automatic transmission. The Kia Optima comes with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, which a reviewer at Car and Driver writes is "sometimes slow to react to inputs and sounds a little rough when coaxed into its upper ranges." If it's a more powerful drive you're after, both the Subaru Legacy and the Kia Optima have available engine upgrades. The available six-cylinder engine in the 2020 Subaru Legacy generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, compared to the 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in the Kia Optima. But whichever engine you choose, the Subaru Legacy benefits from having a flat BOXER engine. This means it is placed lower in the engine compartment, leading to a more balanced drive with decreased body roll.

2020 Subaru Legacy driving through a wet street

2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Kia Optima: Safety

We definitely experience all four seasons in Salt Lake City--sometimes all in the same day! The 2020 Subaru Legacy is uniquely qualified to keep you safe no matter what the weather and road conditions may be. That's because it comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a powerful full-time AWD system that improves traction and makes it easier for you to stay in control. The 2020 Kia Optima, on the other hand, is a front-wheel drive car only. And, while both cars have a number of driver assistance features, only the 2020 Subaru Legacy comes standard with adaptive cruise control. This is an available upgrade in the Kia Optima.

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2020 Subaru Legacy vs 2020 Kia Optima: Value

You've seen how much the 2020 Subaru Legacy gives you: more space, better infotainment, powerful all-wheel drive, and more. Though you might expect this to make it more expensive than the Kia Optima, the opposite is true! The 2020 Subaru Legacy has a starting MSRP that's nearly $650 less than that of the Kia Optima. We invite you to experience driving a midsize car that's perfect for Salt Lake City at our showroom today.

2020 Subaru Legacy2020 Kia Optima
$22,745Starting MSRP*$23,390
182Standard Horsepower185
27 City / 35 HighwayStandard Gas Mileage (MPG)25 City / 35 Highway
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
105.5Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)104.8 cu. ft.
Two 7-Inch TouchscreensStandard Touchscreen Size8 Inches
LEDStandard HeadlightsHalogen
Standard FeatureAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
Standard FeatureCarpeted Floor MatsAvailable Upgrade
17-Inch Aluminum AlloyStandard Wheels16-Inch Steel

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.