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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2015 Nissan Altima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Kia Optima Hybrid than in the Nissan Altima, due to the Kia Optima Hybrid's smaller rear head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Nissan Altima in the front seats.

Convenience
The Kia Optima Hybrid 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). Whether you pick the Kia Optima Hybrid or the Nissan Altima, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 Hybrid and the Nissan Altima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Optima Hybrid is about the same width as the Nissan Altima. When looking at overall length, the Kia Optima Hybrid takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Nissan Altima.

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima Hybrid 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 Hybrid and the Nissan Altima. The Kia Optima Hybrid has significantly less cargo room than the Nissan Altima, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

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

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2014 Kia
Optima Hybrid

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MSRP*: $25,995 - $31,995

2015 Nissan
Altima

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MSRP*: $22,300 - $31,950
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 35 - 36 22 - 27
Highway MPG: 39 - 40 32 - 38
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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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $24,350 - $29,670 $20,867 - $29,531

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