Compare 2011 Kia Optima vs 2011 Nissan Altima

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,080 $24,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,480 $26,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 34 $21,210 $22,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX Hybrid 34 39 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 34 $19,780 $20,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $18,800 $19,200
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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 32 $22,385 $23,880
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $21,917 $23,380
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,139 $28,210
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,294 $30,540
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,431 $20,270
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,028 $22,430
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,028 $22,430
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 33 33 $25,116 $26,800
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,272 $25,110
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,080
$22,385
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,700
$23,880
Monthly Payment Estimate
$412 / month
$398 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Kia simply gets it; basic doesn't have to be boring, and the 2011 Kia Optima shows that mid-size sedan shoppers don't have to settle to design boredom or a lack of features. The 2011 Nissan Altima isn't quite as roomy as some mid-size rivals, but it's one of the sportiest-driving choices.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 89.3
Second Leg Room (in)
34.7 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 53.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 180.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 55.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 8.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
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)
11.2 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 34.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/50R17 P215/55TR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/50R17 P215/55TR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T135/706
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3385 3124
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
3.5 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 110
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
269 @ 1750 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25DE
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
274 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 5.80
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.38 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.65 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.83 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar & Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6
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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