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2020 Kia Optima vs. 2020 Nissan Altima Review

New 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia
Optima

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New 2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan
Altima

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MSRP*
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$23,390 to $32,190
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$24,300 to $35,180
Invoice* $22,572 to $30,903 $22,650 to $32,769
MPG - City 21 - 27 25 - 28
MPG - Hwy 30 - 37 34 - 39
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Optima than the Nissan Altima. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Nissan Altima.

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 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Altima.

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

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Kia Optima transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Nissan Altima.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima.

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.