Sunday, October 2, 2011

2011 Honda Accord vs. 2011 Kia Optima

It's no secret but the Honda and Acura Examiner is crazy about the 2011 Kia Optima and thinks it stands and the biggest competitor for the 2011 Honda Accord. Well, not yet with driving dynamics but we'll get to that later. (the Kia is Audi-like, the Accord is nimble like a BMW), both have intuitive electronic systems like navigation and voice activation as well as the best leather trimmed interiors in the family sedan class. It is funny, however, that even though our test Optima EX had more "ooh-aah" type features that it cost nearly $28,000 and the Accord SE $23,370 nicely equipped for most people's desires. Really, is every Optima buyer going to demand the (admittedly awesome) dual pane power moonroof, ventilated/heated front seats, the back-up camera and an 8-speaker Infinitiy sound system (the Accord SE's 6-speaker unit was perfectly adequate barring its lack of USB/iPod integration which is available on Accord EX models and above.)

Picture by Todd M. Allen
Quite honestly, the only reason we wouldn't buy the 2011 Honda Accord SE is because it doesn't a USB/iPod integration port which lessens driver distraction as it moves song/album/playlist control to your radio faceplate or even sometimes the steering wheel mounted audio controls. Both Honda and Kia are experts are USB/iPod integration and the Accord really needs to catch up on that game especially considering the hi-tech i-MID super in-car electronics system now in every 2012 Civic. But even priced similarly to the Honda, the Optima doesn't have much of a feature advantage besides the longer warranty and perhaps dual zone climate control. The Accord makes do with regular air conditioning knobs so if things like that sway you, well, that's an insult to the Kia. Because finally it's good enough to be purchased solely on its own many merits. And we are saying that as staunch Honda fans, we just think Kia deserves that same respect from owners when they buy their cars. It's finally their time to get more respect.

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