2018 Toyota Camry vs 2018 Kia Optima

Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2018 Kia Optima

If you thought all sedan models were pretty much the same, think again. While car shoppers should take some time to formulate a budget and stick to it before the sedan shopping process, sedan models can't be compared solely based on price. For example, car shoppers looking at the similarly-priced 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2018 Kia Optima may be inclined to go with the Optima to save a few bucks at the dealership, but that would be the wrong choice in this case. The 2018 Camry's full model year redesign, standard active safety, and larger base engine more than make up for the tiny price increase and will offer a better driving experience each time you get behind the wheel.

Find additional specs and a standard safety comparison of the 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2018 Kia Optima below.

2018 Toyota Camry


2018 Kia Optima

$24,000 Starting MSRP $22,600
28/39 Fuel Economy 25/36
2.5-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 2.4-liter four-cylinder
L, LE, XLE, SE, XSE Trim Levels EX, LX, LX Turbo, S, SX Turbo

Standard Safety Offerings

Thanks to 2018 model year updates, both the 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2018 Kia Optima offer active safety even on their base trim levels. Though, the 2018 Toyota Camry's standard safety offerings are quite a bit more robust than what you will find on the 2018 Optima thanks to their Toyota Safety Sense active safety bundle. Find a list of the standard safety found in each sedan below.

2018 Toyota Camry Standard Safety

  • Rearview Camera
  • Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

2018 Kia Optima Standard Safety

  • Rearview Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

For car shoppers interested in even more active safety, both models also offer additional safety features on higher trim levels and packages for an increased cost. Though, as you can see above, car shoppers going with the 2018 Camry will get a lot more bang for their buck. Find the 2018 Toyota Camry available for test drives and purchase now at the Rochester Toyota dealership in Rochester, MN.