Compare 2010 Kia Optima vs 2010 Mitsubishi Galant vs 2010 Nissan Altima

2010 Kia Optima
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2010 Mitsubishi Galant
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2010 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic EX 22 32 $19,620 $20,995
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LX 22 32 $18,350 $19,195
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SX 22 32 $20,370 $21,795
Optima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LX 22 32 $17,640 $17,995
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic EX 20 28 $20,560 $21,995
Optima 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SX 20 28 $21,300 $22,795
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4-Door Sedan ES
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Galant 4-Door Sedan ES 21 30 $20,379 $21,599
Galant 4-Door Sedan SE 21 30 $22,643 $23,999
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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $21,973 $23,440
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $21,505 $22,940
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $25,732 $27,770
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $27,888 $30,100
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,078 $19,900
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $25,097 $26,780
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $22,727 $24,520
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,620
$20,379
$21,973
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,995
$21,599
$23,440
Monthly Payment Estimate
$350 / month
$360 / month
$391 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
6.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Kia Optima doesn’t have the excitement of its newest small cars, the Soul and Forte, but it does have strong appeal based in practical attributes like interior space, comfort, and value for the money. The 2010 Mitsubishi Galant is adequate in most respects—and surprisingly comfortable. But it's not exciting or class-leading in any way. The 2010 Nissan Altima remains one of the sportier choices among mid-size sedans, though if interior space matters, it might not feel as roomy as rivals.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.6 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 42.6 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.5 55.5 54.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
37.8 37.0 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.6 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.7 53.7 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 57.3 53.9
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.0 35.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.2 101.0 89.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.9 55.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 61.8 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 108.3 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.1 72.4 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 61.8 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 5.9 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
189.0 191.1 182.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 13.3 7.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 17.7 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.5 38.1 34.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.94 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.1 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T125/70D16 T135/706
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3179 3395 3118
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.3 - TBD - 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 525 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 6000 160 @ 5500 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
169 @ 4000 157 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA 4G69 QR25DE
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.4L/145 2.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 30 31
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24 26
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Sportmatic shifter NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.81 2.21 1.78
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 1.57 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.31 4.21 5.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.69 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Sportronic Auto w/OD Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.79 2.84 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.00 NA
Trans Type
5 4 1
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Mitsubishi Galant Nissan Altima
Body Style
4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.87 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 7.8 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7 7

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