The Accord Hybrid EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Optima Hybrid doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Accord Hybrid and the Optima Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available front parking sensors.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Hybrid its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Optima Hybrid is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.
The Accord Hybrid’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Optima Hybrid runs out after 100,000 miles.
There are over 35 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Accord Hybrid’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 17th.
The Accord Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 19 more horsepower (212 vs. 193) than the Optima Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
On the EPA test cycle the Accord Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Optima Hybrid (49 city/47 hwy vs. 39 city/46 hwy).
For better traction, the Accord Hybrid has larger tires than the Optima Hybrid (225/50R17 vs. 205/65R16). The Accord Hybrid’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Optima Hybrid (225/50R17 vs. 215/55R17).
The Accord Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Optima Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Accord Hybrid’s tires are lower profile than the Optima Hybrid EX’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accord Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Optima Hybrid.
The Accord Hybrid has .5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Optima Hybrid.
With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord Hybrid offers cargo security. The Optima Hybrid’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Accord Hybrid. The Optima Hybrid doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Accord Hybrid has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Optima Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
If the windows are left down on the Accord Hybrid the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Optima Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Accord Hybrid’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Optima Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Accord Hybrid Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.
The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 22 of the last 24 years. The Optima Hybrid has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.