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2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Nissan Altima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Optima offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Nissan Altima with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima in the front seats.

Convenience
The Kia Optima will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Nissan Altima, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia Optima will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Nissan Altima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Optima is a little wider than the Nissan Altima, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Kia Optima takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Nissan Altima.

Drivetrain
The Kia Optima has much less torque than the Nissan Altima, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima is significantly less powerful than the Nissan Altima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Kia Optima as you will in the Nissan Altima.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Optima than that of the Nissan Altima.

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2016 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $22,140 - $36,040

2016 Nissan
Altima

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MSRP*: $22,500 - $32,690
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $250 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 4.80% As low as 0.07%
City MPG: 22 - 28 22 - 27
Highway MPG: 32 - 39 32 - 39
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $21,396 - $33,435 $21,348 - $30,453

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.