Kia vs. Hyundai: What is the difference? | Matteson, IL

If you’ve been researching new vehicles, it’s likely you’ve come across two of the most popular names in the industry: Kia and Hyundai. If so, you’ll be wondering what the differences are between these two automotive powerhouses. To help you determine whether a Hyundai or a Kia model is the right choice for you, the automotive specialists at our Kia dealership in Matteson, IL have taken some time to highlight the differences between them.

If you have any questions before you move on, please give us a call at (708) 746-0110 and we’ll gladly discuss them with you.

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What are the differences between Kia and Hyundai?

Even though Hyundai owns 33% of Kia Motors, there are a multitude of differences between each manufacturer’s vehicle models. Read on to learn more about the performance, safety, and technology features you can expect from Kia and Hyundai models.


When it comes to technology, both Kia and Hyundai have a lot to offer tech-savvy drivers. However, thanks to UVO infotainment services, Kia models offer a level of connectivity that Hyundai models simply cannot. With UVO, you’ll be able to seamlessly connect and control your mobile device using a combination of Bluetooth® wireless technology and voice-recognition software.

Safety Systems

While Hyundai models are built to be safe, you will definitely appreciate the full suite of passive and active safety features available with Kia sedans, compacts, and SUVs. Take a look at the list below for the full range of safety features available when you choose a Kia.

  • Rollover Mitigation (ROM)
  • Vehicle Stability Management System (VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)

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Kia vs. Hyundai: 2018 Kia Optima vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Two of the most popular models available, the 2018 Kia Optima and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata have a lot to offer drivers looking for a smooth ride and a comfortable interior. With the Kia Optima SX, you’ll experience the responsive performance of its 2.0L turbo i4 engine every time you push down on the gas pedal. You won’t get nearly the same amount of torque and horsepower with the 2.4L I4 engine that comes with the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Take a look at the table below to see the performance specifications for each sedan’s engine.

2018 Kia Optima


2018 Hyundai Sonata

2.0L Turbo I4


2.4L I4

245 HP @ 6,000 RPM


185 HP @ 6,000 RPM

260 lb.-ft. @ 1,350 RPM


178 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

Kia Specials & New Inventory

Now that you know you want one of the impressive models in the Kia vehicle lineup, the next step is to pick one to take for a spin at our Kia dealership in Matteson, IL. Head over to our new vehicle inventory to see all of the amazing Kia models we have for you to choose from.

If you would like to save even more money on your Kia, you can also stop by our Kia specials page to see all of the offers we have for you to take immediate advantage of before you come in.

If you have any additional questions for our team of product specialists, please don’t hesitate to contact Hawkinson Kia using our online form. As always, feel free to give us a call at (708) 746-0110 anytime during our posted hours of operation if you would prefer speaking to one of our team members directly.

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