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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
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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 I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,813 $27,920
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $24,337 $26,320
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
4-Door Sedan LX
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 27 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 38 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 26.9 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 63
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 15.4
Brakes
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
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 11.2
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18 18.5
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.1 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60TR16 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60TR16 P205/65HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3108 3237
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 X 7 16 X 6.5
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
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 760
Engine
Fuel System Sequential MPI Direct Gasoline Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 180 @ 4000 181 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 31 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 34
Transmission
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
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.77
Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.80
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.64
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.39
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Altima Kia Optima
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.9 (Est) 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
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