This is like choosing between vanilla or chocolate, and it’s a decision you will have to make.
Do you want a sporty compact coupe that emphasizes form over function or do you want a more practical midsize sedan that blends a roomy interior with a stylish exterior? Are you willing to spend $5,000 more for the additional room the Optima provides?
The turbocharged Optima SX’s 2.0-liter engine produces 274 horsepower, which is 73 more than the Veloster’s turbo 1.6-liter, but the Optima weighs nearly 400 pounds more at 3,385, so acceleration will probably be similar. Fuel economy also won’t be that far apart: The EPA ratings for the Optima are 22/34 mpg city/highway, and with the six-speed automatic transmission, the Veloster Turbo’s ratings are 24/31 city/highway. Both use regular gas.
Aside from exterior size and interior space, the biggest difference is the price. The Veloster Turbo starts at $22,000 and the Optima SX at nearly $27,000.
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