One of the best ways to get around the streets of Langhorne, Philadelphia, and Levittown, PA, is with a new sedan. Sedans are one of the most popular classes of car in the country, and for good reason: They offer generous interior space and nimble maneuverability. With that popularity comes a lot of competition, however, so you'll have plenty of options to choose from.

Two sedans that tend to stand out above the rest are the 2020 Kia Optima and the 2020 Ford Fusion. Both these cars have plenty of exciting features to offer, but only one can work best for your needs. Find out which one is your best fit in our comprehensive Kia Optima vs. Ford Fusion comparison created by Fred Beans Kia of Langhorne.

Kia Optima


Ford Fusion

185 HP


175 HP




18.5 gallons

Fuel Tank Capacity

16.5 gallons

25 city/35 highway MPG 1

EPA-estimated MPG

21 city/31 highway MPG


2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Ford Fusion: Performance

If you're looking for reliable performance in your sedan, both these models will do just fine. If you want to push your performance to the limit, however, the Kia Optima might serve you a bit better.

At the base level, both these sedans are equipped with 4-cylinder engines, yet the Kia Optima uses a 2.4L version, while the Fusion uses a 2.5L version. That seems to suggest that the Fusion is more powerful, but it offers just 175 horsepower, while the Optima can push to 185 horsepower.

Despite the difference in power and engine size, the Kia Optima is notably more efficient than the Ford Fusion. While the Fusion earns an EPA-estimated 21 city/31 highway MPG, the Kia Optima pushes it even further with its EPA-estimated 25 city/35 highway MPG.1

The Kia Optima also has a standard 18.5-gallon gas tank-compared to the Fusion and its standard 16.5-gallon tank-so you'll definitely be spending less time at the pump in the Optima.

Optima vs Fusion: Safety

No matter what you plan to do with your sedan, safety should always be your main priority. Fortunately, both these sedans earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When you look at the details, however, you'll see that the 2020 Kia Optima earned five stars in the frontal crash rating and rollover rating. Meanwhile, the Ford Fusion earned just four stars in the frontal crash rating and rollover rating tests.

Numerous technologies are also available in each of these vehicles; ones that work hard to prevent collisions from ever happening in the first place. You'll find all sorts of unique safety features aboard the Kia Optima that the Ford Fusion just doesn't have.

Take the standard Driver Attention Warning (DAW) aboard the Kia Optima. This feature warns you when your driving is exhibiting signs of fatigue so it can urge you to take a break if you begin to swerve or drive unpredictably. You won't find this feature aboard the Ford Fusion, unfortunately, leaving you less protected on longer drives.

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Kia Optima vs Ford Fusion: Verdict

While both sedans in our comparison had a lot to offer, the Kia Optima appears to be the better option. No matter which trim you choose, you'll find exceptional performance and safety features with this Kia vehicle.

You can give it a try yourself at Fred Beans Kia of Langhorne, your local Langhorne, Philadelphia, and Levittown Kia dealer. Contact us online to schedule your 2020 Kia Optima test drive today!

1 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.

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