CC Outtake: Passing The Baton?

Since we’re going to be doing a lot of old history today, how about history in the making? Is Kia the new Honda?

The Optima would be right at the top of my shopping if I was looking for a car in that class. Hyundai? I’m finding Kia’s designs by Peter Schreyer to be pretty consistently more appealing than Hyundai’s somewhat over-wrought Fluid Dynamics. They’re just not wearing as well for me as Kia’s cleaner lines, like Hondas of yore.