In comparing the Kia Optima's and the Lexus IS 250's specifications and ratings, the Kia Optima has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and interior volume. The Lexus IS 250 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Kia Optima's and the Lexus IS 250's specifications and ratings, the Kia Optima is a better car than the Lexus IS 250.
Kia Optima vs. Lexus IS 250 Pricing
A used 2015 Kia Optima ranges from $7,992 to $17,989 while a used 2015 Lexus IS 250 is priced between $16,450 to $27,590.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Kia Optima’s base engine makes 192 horsepower, and the Lexus IS 250 base engine makes 204 horsepower. The Optima is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 629 miles. The IS 250 is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 522 miles. This gives the Kia Optima the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Lexus IS 250. Both models use gasoline.
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 head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Kia Optima has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.