Compare 2014 Nissan Altima vs 2014 Kia Optima

2014 Nissan Altima
2014 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $20,971 $22,170
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $20,987 $22,690
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $22,509 $24,340
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $24,337 $26,320
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,813 $27,920
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 31 $26,366 $28,520
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 31 $28,488 $30,820
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4-Door Sedan LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX 23 34 $20,579 $21,500
4-Door Sedan EX 23 34 $22,429 $23,950
4-Door Sedan SX 23 34 $23,877 $25,500
4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 20 31 $25,763 $27,500
4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 20 31 $32,963 $35,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,971
$20,579
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,170
$21,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$370 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT. The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
45 45.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 34.7
Front Head Room (in)
40 40
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.9 102.2
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
191.5 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 63
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 110
Liftover Height (in)
26.9 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72 72.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 63
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.4
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 11.2
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 11.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3108 3237
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 760
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 150
Engine
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6000 192 @ 6300
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 4000 181 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 23
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 3.38
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 4.21
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.83 2.88
Trans Type
1 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.64
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.39
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.77
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.80
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Kia Optima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.8 6.8 (Est)
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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