Car shopping includes comparing one model with another. When comparing other cars to the Kia Optima, the Dodge Dart is always brought up as an option. When you compare the two, you will see why the Optima is the better choice.
The Kia Optima
This mid-sized sedan comes in four trim packages: LX, EX, SX, and Limited.
The 2014 Kia Optima LX comes with a standard package that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, and cruise control. The driver and passengers enjoy the six-speaker sound system complete with CD player, satellite radio, and an iPod/USB interface. Every Kia comes with front-wheel drive. The LX comes with a 2.4-liter engine capable of producing 192 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard.
With the optional Convenience package, the driver gets an eight-way adjusting seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rearview camera. Everyone will enjoy the quieter front windows, Bluetooth audio connectivity, and the UVO voice command system.
The Dodge Dart
This four-door sedan offers five trim packages: SE, SXT, Aero, GT, and Limited.
The 2014 Dodge Dart SE comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, power windows, and rear window defogger. The sound system offers a four-speaker system with CD player and MP3 player standard. The Dart SE has front-wheel drive like the Kia. It comes with a 2.0-liter engine capable of producing 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This Dodge comes with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive available.
With the optional Convenience package, the car gets upgrades including air conditioning, keyless entry, remote USB port, speed control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and hands-free communication with Bluetooth-enabled phones.
Comparing the Two
The Kia Optima and the Dodge Dart are both four-door sedans, but in distinctly different classes. The Kia offers standard features that even the upgraded Dart cannot touch.
The power train and standard features of the two show the difference. The engine in the Optima offers 32 more horsepower compared to the Dart, as well as an additional 33 lb-ft of torque. The Kia offers a six-speed automatic transmission standard while the Dodge comes with a manual transmission instead. The basic Dodge model does not offer air conditioning, cruise control, or power locks. The Kia offers all those standard along with keyless entry, illuminated vanity mirrors, powered adjustable driver seat, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
The upgrades available in the Dodge’s Convenience package bring the Dart some of the features already standard in the Kia like air conditioning and wheel-mounted audio controls. The upgrades in the Kia’s Convenience package takes the Optima to an entirely new level with rearview camera and eight-way adjusting seat for the driver.