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Ask a MotorTrend staffer which midsize auto is best, and the acknowledgment “Honda Accord” will appear as bound and reflexively as a leg bang follows a tap to the patellar tendon. The Honda leads our midsize auto rankings, and for acceptable reason. But for abounding buyers, an Accord or a Toyota Camry is aloof too accessible a choice, or too ubiquitous. For decades the corporately affiliated Korean automakers accept offered added appearance and tech for the aforementioned or beneath money, and now they’re alike alms bolder designs. Hyundai and Kia additionally still action best warranties than the Japanese nameplates, admitting ascent affirmation that you may never charge it: Kia afresh angry for the top atom in J.D. Power’s 2020 Initial Affection Study (Hyundai ranked ninth, Honda 19th, Toyota 20th), and Consumer Reports aloof ranked Hyundai sixth for reliability, aloof abaft Honda (Toyota second, Kia 15th). But which of these high-style Korean midsize sedans is the worthiest Accord alternative? To advice you decide, we accompany you the Hyundai Sonata adjoin the Kia K5, which you apparently apperceive bigger by its above name, the Kia Optima.

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How the Sonata and K5 Compare with an Accord

Size-wise the Koreans admeasurement aural tenths of an inch of an Accord in best exoteric dimensions. Inside, the Koreans action 9 percent added advanced and 13-14 percent beneath rear legroom, and aloof a bit beneath block amplitude (16.0 adjoin 16.7 cubic feet). We’re comparing two boilerplate midlevel trims: the Sonata’s SEL additional adjoin the K5 EX model, which adjust best carefully with the Accord EX-L grade. Honda’s abate 1.5-liter turbo produces 12 added horses but 3 beneath lb-ft than the Hyundai-Kia 1.6-liter turbo. The Accord gets a CVT; Hyundai and Kia allotment a added accepted eight-speed automatic. Achievement is alike afterpiece than the exoteric dimensions.

Hyundai and Kia’s abject prices alpha about $3,000 lower, but our analysis cars are optioned up to abreast amount parity. (Honda offers actual few branch options.) Notable differences: The Accord EX-L gets absolute covering upholstery while the Koreans accomplish do with “leatherette,” but Hyundai and Kia both get a 10.3-inch infotainment awning with aeronautics (only top Accord Touring offers nav, on a abate 8.0-inch screen), ancillary airbags in the rear seat, and a across-the-board sunroof (Honda offers neither). Our Kia additionally boasts a acrimonious council caster (not offered by Honda), vented seats (Touring only), and a wireless buzz charger (a $350 dealer-installed advantage on Accord). But Honda’s greatest amount advantage is its arch retained value. Our IntelliChoice ally peg five-year abrasion at 46 percent for an Accord EX-L adjoin 55 percent for our Sonata and 58 percent for the K5’s Optima EX Premium predecessor. As such, predicted five-year absolute amount of buying is $2,500-$4,850 lower for the Honda.

Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia K5: Autogenous Ambiance, Space, and Comfort

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These two cars assume casting adjoin type. We accepted the Hyundai to be the added refined, mature, calm alms and the Stinger-sibling Kia to be the added enthusiast-oriented of the two. But these interiors casting that apprehension on its head. The Sonata’s all-black berth appearance seats with suede inserts and red emphasis brim and stitching, its council caster appearance arresting deride rests and about-face paddles, and the console-mounted shifter is push-button operated. The reconfigurable all-digital apparatus array offers a Action approach with red gauges featuring a slanted chantry to advance speed. By contrast, the K5 appearance ablaze gray leatherette seats and armrests set adjoin a atramentous birr and aperture panels, all absolute by chic open-pore matte-finish faux copse that sweeps from the birr assimilate the advanced and rear aperture panels. The A/C vents—even the one in back—are affected by structural-looking brushed-nickel actual with approach forth the basal edges. It’s a abundant added traditional, comfortable attending with a traditional, old-school shifter and alternation gauges crabbed a baby disciplinarian advice screen.

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A bare 0.4-inch advantage in wheelbase affords the Kia K5 an able advantage in rear legroom over the Sonata, and it somehow bales 2-plus inches added hip allowance advanced and rear. But sitting in both cars, they feel appropriately ample and abnormally ample in back. Their seats action agnate levels of abutment and cushioning, but the Kia seems way added luxurious—especially in the rear. There’s that admirable wood, both rear bench backs affection leatherette map pockets, and two USB ports are provided for charging commuter devices. The atramentous banausic atramentous Sonata ambiance (no added blush is accessible on SEL Plus) is alone burst by bare red bench accents and a ablaze metal band on the doors. There’s alone a distinct cobweb map abridged on the commuter ancillary advanced bench back, and cartage charge action over a distinct USB jack.

All four of the Kia’s aperture armrests appearance a baby aloft lip against the front. “It is accessible to grab, and it’s the affectionate of anxious detail that sets a agent apart,” Detroit editor Alisa Priddle said. Both cars avowal 12-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio systems, anniversary accouterment a atypical “sounds of nature” affection that can comedy ambient accomplishments noises, including active forest, accessible air café, balmy fireplace, albino village, calm sea waves, and backing day (beware, those aftermost two may activate your bladder). Oh, and on the accountable of sounds, the Sonata plays you a admirable agreeable arrangement aback you about-face it on or off.

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Where the Sonata pulls hardly advanced afresh is in affection content. The dual-zone altitude controls affection affected agenda temperature readouts central the adjuster knobs. That absolutely configurable apparatus array provides abundant added advice and beheld pizazz; the infotainment awning is programmed to bear added information, including things like graphs of dispatch and deceleration, dispatch administration histograms, and abundant cruise info. The K5 awning mostly aloof shows navigation, audio info, and/or buzz awning mirroring. Hyundai additionally offers a agenda key action that can acquiesce your buzz (or addition accustomed phone) to action as the key.

Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia K5: Instrumented Achievement

It shouldn’t abruptness anyone that with a bald 53-pound weight aberration amid two cars powered by identical 180-hp, 195-lb-ft 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 engines akin to eight-speed automated transmissions with identical gearing, a distinct tenth of a additional or mph is all that separates these two. It’s absorbing to agenda that averaging the dispatch achievement of every boilerplate alternative archetype of the eight sedans we rank in our Buyer’s Adviser yields a accepted aberration of aural 0.2 additional to 60 mph and through the division mile, with our Koreans actual about nailing those exact boilerplate numbers. The Kia’s 124-foot stop from 60 additionally nails the chic average.

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Both our analysis cars wore Pirelli P Zero All Season tires, but broader acquaintance patches on the Hyundai (245/40R19 adjoin 235/45R18) gave it a notable leg up in handling, reinforcing our beforehand impressions of the Sonata actuality the sportier of these two cars. Max crabbed anchor of 0.85 g beats the Kia’s 0.83 and the chic boilerplate 0.82, but its figure-eight time of 27.0 abnormal at 0.64 all-embracing boilerplate g is 0.4 additional quicker than the Kia and 0.6 quicker than average.

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How Do the Sonata and K5 Feel on the Road?

Numbers alone acquaint bisected the story, and bluntly it’s a adventure that boilerplate midsize auto buyers aren’t abundant absorbed in. So how do the cars feel on the road? Detroit editor Priddle and I collection the cars aback to aback after sampling their swifter 2.5-liter turbo Sonata N Line and K5 GT variants, as our California colleagues had. After that context, we both begin the achievement to be altogether adequate, with the transmissions apace blame bottomward and acceptance us to calmly canyon apathetic trucks on our two-lane active loop. Appearance editor Christian Seabaugh, however, acquainted that although the “engine is affluence active for the 0-30 mph burghal cycle, it runs out of beef in 55-75 passing.” We ambition the Action approach accessory alive algorithm would authority assimilate college apparatus best in turns (which fabricated us acknowledge the Hyundai’s about-face paddles), but we accumulate reminding ourselves that these aren’t action sedans.

Every editor who accomplished this 1.6-liter turbo faulted its babble and vibration, with abounding application adjectives like hoarse, course, and grainy. Seabaugh again: “Did I acknowledgment the agent all-overs the seats and caster at idle?” Priddle begin that “in sport, the K5’s agent is not as loud or burke acknowledgment as actual aback you barge on it, nor is the advance as advancing as in the Sonata.” The accord was that the Hyundai had the added adorable agent agenda aback set to Action mode.

Handling impressions afar our two analysis cars added than dispatch could. The Sonata’s tires generated conspicuously added anchor and beneath annoy bleat than the K5’s. “The K5 abeyance feels a little bouncier,” Priddle said. “I aloof acquainted like I could be added assured and handle the turns at dispatch bigger in the Sonata.”

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The casting ancillary of that bluff administration is some amount to ride quality. “The artery ride banned its abilities as a alley cruise car, but I’d appropriately cede a absolute ride for the added barrier appeal,” buyer’s adviser administrator Zach Gale said of the Sonata’s 19s.

Both cars admittance some alley arrangement to apprehend through to the council wheel, which we abundantly begin endearing. The Hyundai’s Comfort council approach seemed to bigger carbon the V-notch hydraulic council abetment acclimated to accommodate about beeline ahead, with accomplishment ramping up linearly for the aboriginal few degrees of axis in either direction. That cleft shrinks in Action mode.

Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia K5: The Basal Line

These cars are so carefully akin in all cold ancestors auto measures that a claimed alternative could calmly amplitude a accommodation in either administration for affidavit of exoteric styling, autogenous glamour, or perceived sportiness. Similarly, if you’re absorbed in a amalgam model, Hyundai (and Honda and Toyota) covers that niche, and those who charge all-wheel drive can boutique Kia (and Nissan, Subaru, or Toyota). But amid the two cars we’re testing, we feel that the added technology and affection content, the added assured administration and sport-oriented anatomy and interior, and the three-year/36,000-mile adulatory aliment plan that alone Hyundai offers in this chic (Toyota covers two years/25,000 miles) tip the scales in favor of the Hyundai Sonata.

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