2020 Kia Optima vs. 2020 Toyota Camry

If you’re seeking bold styling and heart-pounding performance, look no further than the 2020 Kia Optima and 2020 Toyota Camry. The product specialists at Southlake Kia in Merrillville, IN, compared these sleek sedans to help you find the model that best fits your lifestyle. Click through our Optima inventory.

All questions and inquiries regarding the 2020 Kia Optima versus 2020 Toyota Camry can be directed to a Southlake Kia representative by calling (219) 947-1500 or fill out our online form.


Smart, innovative, and futuristic, the 2020 Kia Optima and all-new Toyota Camry are here to simplify your daily commute. Both sedans offer smartphone integrations like Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, Bluetooth® technology, and wireless phone charging options, but only the Optima takes your connectivity to the next level. Explore a few of the additional technology features available on the Optima below.

  • Harman Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi™ and ten speakers
  • HD Radio™
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Smart cruise control with Stop & Go
  • Smart Trunk™
  • Smart welcome
  • UVO link with 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Voice-command navigation system
2020 Kia Optima Saftey features icons
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Despite topping the U.S. News Cars midsize cars list, the 2020 Toyota Camry falls short in consumer ratings to the 2020 Kia Optima. The Optima earned a 4.5 out of five star consumer rating from Kelley Blue Book, while the Camry only scored 3.9 stars.

Power & Handling

Exciting yet efficient, the Kia Optima and 2020 Camry both offer standard hill start assist and drive mode select on all trims. However, only the 2020 Optima is equipped with a Sportmatic® Sports Shifter and available sport-tuned suspension. View each model’s engine specifications below to find the performance you require.

2020 Kia Optima Engines

Engine 2.4L I4 1.6L turbocharged I4 2.0L turbocharged I4
Horsepower 185 HP
178 HP
245 HP
Torque 178 lb.-ft. of torque
195 lb.-ft. of torque
260 lb.-ft. of torque
MPG (city/hwy) 25 city/35 hwy
27 city/37 hwy
21 city/30 hwy
Transmission Six-speed automatic transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission Six-speed automatic transmission

2020 Toyota Camry Engines

Engine 2.5L Dynamic Force I4 3.5L V6
Horsepower 203 HP
301 HP
Torque 184 lb.-ft. of torque
267 lb.-ft. of torque
MPG (city/hwy) 29 city/41 hwy
22 city/32 hwy
Transmission Eight-speed automatic transmission Eight-speed automatic transmission


Kick back and unwind when you drive the 2020 Kia Optima and all-new Camry. Each sedan caters to all passengers with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and heated front seats. Unlike the Camry, the Optima also offers the following interior comforts:

  • 12-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support
  • Driver’s seat memory system
  • Eight-way power front passenger’s seat with lumbar support
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • LED interior lighting
  • Sport leather seat trim
  • Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Ventilated front seats


Protect yourself, your passengers, and drivers around you with the advanced 2020 Kia Optima and 2020 Toyota Camry. While the latter is equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense™ P suite, both models offer blind spot collision warning, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, a rear camera display, and rear cross traffic collision warning. The Optima takes your safety seriously with the following considerations:

  • Driver attention warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane change assist and keeping assist-line
  • Reverse parking distance warning

Exterior Design

Make a statement when you arrive in the Optima or 2020 Toyota Camry. Featuring aggressive exterior lines and dual chrome exhaust tips, these sedans are designed to please. The Optima adds extra flair to your day with the following sporty accents:

  • 18-in. Gloss Black alloy wheels
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED headlights with auto-leveling
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • Power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators
  • Red front and rear brake calipers
  • Solar control glass
  • Sport black outside mirrors, rear spoiler, and side sills


Not convinced that the 2020 Kia Optima is right for you? We’ll let this sedan do the talking. Stop by Southlake Kia in Merrillville, IN, and get behind the wheel of the Optima for yourself. Our Optima inventory is stocked with a wide selection of available models, so pick your favorite trim and drive home today. To learn more about how the 2020 Kia Optima and 2020 Toyota Camry compare, get in touch with a Southlake Kia team member at (219) 947-1500 or fill out our online form.

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