2020 Camry vs 2020 Optima

2020 Toyota Camry vs 2020 Kia Optima

Kia and Hyundai are the new blood of the automotive industry. The Korean auto makers have been making good cars at affordable prices. This a niche once dominated by the likes of Honda and Toyota. We all know that healthy competition helps everyone. Has Toyota adapted and stepped up its game or is it just resting on its laurels, hoping that its reputation will carry it through? Let’s take a peak and see if the newcomers can topple the giants.

We put the 2020 Toyota Camry SE and the 2020 Hyundai Kia Optima S toe-to-toe with each other. Here are the results.

2020 Toyota Camry SE


2020 Kia Optima S




2.5L-inline 4-cyl


2.4L-inline 4-cyl

203 hp / 184 ft-lbs

Horsepower / Torque

185 hp / 178 ft-lbs




8-speed shiftable automatic


6-speed shiftable automatic

28 / 39 / 32 mpg

Fuel Economy

27 / 37 / 31 mpg


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Available AWD

The 2020 Camry is available in AWD thanks to the cold-weather package. For the first time since 1991, the Toyota Camry can employ an innovative AWD system. It automatically and dynamically sends up to 50% of the torque to rear wheels to keep you in control in any weather. And since the AWD is part of the cold weather package, you’ll also get heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated sideview mirrors to keep you comfy.

The Optima? It's FWD only.

2020 Camry AWD driving in snow
2020 Camry cockpit showcase

Safety First

The Toyota Camry excels at many things, but it doesn’t let any of that get in the way of safety. That’s why, not matter which Camry trim you buy, every safety feature comes standard. That includes the likes of adaptive cruise control, front collision warning with pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning with lane-keep assist.

2020 Camry taillight close up

Take a ride in the 2020 Toyota Camry today.

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