In comparing the Buick Verano's and the Kia Optima's specifications and ratings, the Buick Verano has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars The Kia Optima has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Buick Verano's and the Kia Optima's specifications and ratings, the Kia Optima is a better car than the Buick Verano.
Buick Verano vs. Kia Optima Pricing
A used 2017 Buick Verano ranges from $8,998 to $19,400 while a used 2017 Kia Optima is priced between $9,999 to $20,497.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Buick Verano’s base engine makes 180 horsepower, and the Kia Optima base engine makes 185 horsepower. The Verano is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 484 miles. The Optima is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 629 miles. This gives the Kia Optima the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Buick Verano. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Kia Optima has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Buick Verano and Kia Optima are comparable in regards to rear head room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Kia Optima has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.