Compare 2012 Kia Optima vs 2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Kia Optima
2012 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $23,096 $24,640
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,095
$19,699
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$20,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$343 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features. The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 44.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 56.8
Second Leg Room (in)
34.7 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 100.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.0 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.4
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
NA T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3206 3180
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
3.7 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 6300 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
186 @ 4250 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 32
Transmission
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 1.78
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.33-3.25 5.79
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.26 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.69 NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Nissan Altima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.9
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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