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2015 Kia Optima vs. 2014 Nissan Maxima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Optima offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Nissan Maxima. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Nissan Maxima.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Optima as you will with the Nissan Maxima, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 Maxima. 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 Maxima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Optima is a little narrower than the Nissan Maxima, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. When looking at overall length, the Kia Optima takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Nissan Maxima.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Kia Optima and the Nissan Maxima do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Handling
The Kia Optima has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Maxima, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Kia Optima has less horsepower than the Nissan Maxima, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Optima and the Nissan Maxima. The Kia Optima has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Nissan Maxima.

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

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2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,690 - $35,500

2014 Nissan
Maxima

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MSRP*: $31,290 - $34,380
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $1,500 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 7.44% As low as 0.07%
City MPG: 20 - 23 19
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 --
Engine(s): Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $20,752 - $33,140 $28,988 - $31,845

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