Compare 2014 Hyundai Sonata vs 2014 Kia Optima vs 2014 Nissan Altima

2014 Hyundai Sonata
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2014 Kia Optima
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2014 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 21 32 $26,668 $28,550
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 21 32 $24,428 $25,850
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $20,532 $21,450
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $25,231 $27,000
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $25,231 $27,000
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $22,978 $24,300
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 36 40 $24,573 $26,000
Sonata Hybrid 4-Door Sedan Limited 36 40 $28,859 $30,750
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 23 34 $22,429 $23,950
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX 23 34 $23,877 $25,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 20 31 $25,763 $27,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 20 31 $32,963 $35,300
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan LX 36 40 $24,350 $25,995
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $20,971 $22,170
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $20,987 $22,690
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,813 $27,920
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $22,509 $24,340
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $24,337 $26,320
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 31 $28,488 $30,820
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 31 $26,366 $28,520
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,668
$22,429
$20,971
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,550
$23,950
$22,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$476 / month
$399 / month
$370 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout. The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome. Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 34 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 45.5 45
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 54.7 54
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 34.7 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.1 40 40
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.8 102.2 101.9
Second Hip Room (in)
54.9 54.5 52.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57.3 56.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.6 37.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 55.7 56.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.8 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
110 110 109.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.1 72
Track Width, Front (in)
62.5 62.8 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.1 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
189.8 190.7 191.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.1 57.9
Liftover Height (in)
- - 26.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.4 15.4 15.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 11.2 11.5
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11.8 11.7
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5 18
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.8 36.1
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P215/55VR17 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P215/55VR17 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3527 3272 3108
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 6.5 17 X 6.5 16 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 6.5 17 X 6.5 16 X 7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 150 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 760 550
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
269 @ 1650 181 @ 4250 180 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.4 L/144 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
274 @ 6000 192 @ 6300 182 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 27 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 34 38
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.38 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.83 2.64 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.39 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.65 4.21 2.35 - 0.39
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.88 4.83
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.80 -
Trans Type
6 6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima Nissan Altima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 6.8 (Est) 5.8
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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