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2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2015 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Nissan Maxima than in the Kia Optima, due to the Nissan Maxima's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Nissan Maxima.

Convenience
The Kia Optima requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Nissan Maxima, 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). The Nissan Maxima is somewhat more expensive than the Kia Optima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Nissan Maxima and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Nissan Maxima is a little wider than the Kia Optima, 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 Nissan Maxima takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Optima.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Nissan Maxima doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Kia Optima.

Handling
The Nissan Maxima has a larger turning radius than the Kia Optima, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Maxima is somewhat more powerful than the Kia Optima.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Nissan Maxima and the Kia Optima. The Nissan Maxima has less cargo capacity than the Kia Optima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Nissan Maxima is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.

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2014 Nissan
Maxima

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MSRP*: $31,290 - $34,380

2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $1,500
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 3.05% As low as 7.44%
City MPG: 19 20 - 23
Highway MPG: 26 31 - 34
Engine(s): V-6 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $28,988 - $31,845 $20,715 - $33,140

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