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Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Altima vs Kia Optima

If you’re thinking about making your next car a midsize sedan, you probably already know that they’re energetic, versatile, and fuel-efficient. The question is: Which sedan is the right fit for your lifestyle in East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket, RI?

To help you decide, our team at Stateline Nissan has created this Nissan Altima vs. Kia Optima comparison. You’ll get to discover what each of them has to offer, so choosing your next car will be easy!

2020 Nissan Altima vs Kia Optima: Performance and Efficiency

2020 Nissan AltimaBoth the Nissan Altima and the Kia Optima offer engine options, so you can decide just how much power and efficiency you need. The Altima has the advantage when it comes to standard engine power. Its 2.5L DIG 4-cylinder generates 188 horsepower. The 2.4L 4-cylinder of the Optima is maxed out at 185 horsepower.

You’ll also get more turbocharged fun in the Altima. Its available 2.0L Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo™) engine kicks out 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder of the Optima tops out at 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

If you’re looking for the more efficient sedan, you’ll need to choose the new Nissan Altima. Thanks to its Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) it boasts an EPA-estimated 28 city and 39 highway MPG.1 The Kia Optima comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which only helps it get an EPA-estimated 25 city/35 highway MPG.

The Altima will also give you more control on slick streets. Its available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system can divert power to the wheels with the most traction to give you sure-footed confidence. The Kia Optima, on the other hand, only comes with front-wheel drive.

Altima vs Optima: Comfort and Convenience

The Nissan Intelligent Key® and its Kia equivalent let you lock and unlock your vehicle remotely and start the engine with the push of a button. Adding to that, these cars’ available Remote Start systems will let you fire up the engine and set the climate control before even stepping out the door.

You’ll have seating for five passengers in either sedan, and everyone will be able to sink into available leather-trimmed seats and set their ideal level of comfort with available Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control. They also come standard with a 60/40-split rear seat, so you can make more room for bulky cargo.

Up front, both the Nissan Altima and the Kia Optima come with an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, so you’ll be able to personalize your support on every drive. When the cold weather rolls in, they also offer heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, so you can stay toasty warm.

Rear Door Alert is one unique feature you’ll find on all Nissan Altima trim levels. When one of the rear doors is open and closed prior to a trip, the system will alert you if they’re not opened again at the end of your drive. It’ll make it easy to remember all your valuables in the back.

Nissan Altima vs Kia Optima: Advanced Technology

2020 Nissan Altima interiorThe infotainment systems in both the 2020 Nissan Altima and the Kia Optima are anchored by an 8-inch touchscreen display. They also come standard with Bluetooth® capability that allows you to make hands-free phone calls and stream your favorite tunes.

Both sedans also come standard with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, so you’ll have access to all your favorite apps on the go. Plus, Siri® Eyes Free—standard on the Altima and the Optima—lets you take command of your iPhone® with the sound of your voice.

You’ll get the upgraded entertainment of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio in either sedan. It comes with a wide variety of channels, so you can listen to new and classic music, engaging talk shows, and you can even cheer on your favorite sports teams with live broadcasts.

Whether you’re on the way to work or finding a point of interest on your road trip, both models offer a navigation system. They come with voice-control, so tell your car where you want to go, and it’ll lead the way. The Altima comes with Premium Traffic as well. It will help guide you around congestion.

Smart Safety Features

If you’re looking for a sedan that inspires confidence, both models offer a wide array of safety and driver-assistive features. One feature you’ll find on both the 2020 Altima and the 2020 Optima is Automatic Emergency Braking. It will warn you when it detects an imminent collision and will apply the brakes to lessen the severity or possibly avoid it altogether.

The Altima takes its protection one step further with Intelligent Forward Collision Warning. This available feature can monitor not one but two cars ahead of you. That means you’ll have a greater window to prepare to stop. The Optima has no similar feature.

You’ll also get Blind Spot Warning in either sedan. It will look out for vehicles in those hard-to-see places. That means you’ll be able to change lanes and merge onto the highway with ease. It’s coupled with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which will give you the confidence to back out of tight parking spots safely.

One feature you’ll only get with the Altima is ProPILOT Assist. This advanced cruise control system will maintain a set speed and keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead. It will help give you more peace of mind on the commute. It can even help you stay centered in your lane with gentle steering assistance.

2020 Nissan Altima vs Kia Optima: We Have a Winner!

Both the Nissan Altima and the Kia Optima have a lot to offer. They’re comfortable and connected, but if you’re looking for the sedan with more power, better fuel economy, and more advanced safety features, the 2020 Nissan Altima is the vehicle for you. Take it to the streets of East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to see if it’s right for you!

Schedule a test drive at Stateline Nissan today!


1 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Altima® S, SV, SL FWD; 26 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/30 Combined MPG for Altima S, SV, SL AWD; 27 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum FWD; 25 City MPG/35 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum AWD; 25 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum VC-Turbo FWD. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.