Compare 2012 Kia Optima vs 2012 Nissan Altima

2012 Kia Optima
2012 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 $23,455 $25,100
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
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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 $23,096 $24,640
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570

Pricing

Invoice Price

$23,455
$23,096

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$25,100
$24,640

Monthly Payment Estimate

$418 / month
$411 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.6
7.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features. The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.

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Fuel Economy

City

22 mpg 23 mpg

Highway

34 mpg 32 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Midsize

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

54.5 47.6

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.2 53.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

102.2 89.3

Second Head Room (in)

37.6 35.6

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55.7 52.4

Front Leg Room (in)

45.5 42.5

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

54.7 54.2

Second Leg Room (in)

34.7 34.4

Front Head Room (in)

40.0 39.7

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.8 61.0

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.3 5.3

Length, Overall (in)

190.7 180.9

Height, Overall (in)

57.3 55.9

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

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

15.4 8.2

Brakes

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 0.4

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

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 1.0

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.5 20.0

Steering

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

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.9 2.83

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/55R17 P215/55TR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact T135/90D16

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/55R17 P215/55TR17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA 100

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA 1000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3385 3124

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 6.5 17 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 6.5 17 x 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel

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

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

269 @ 1750 180 @ 3900

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0L/122 2.5L/- TBD -

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

274 @ 6000 175 @ 5600

Engine Type

Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

34 32

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

22 23

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 26

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 NA

Trans Type

6 1

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

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

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.88 5.79

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.38 NA

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable Ratio

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.65 - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Kia Optima Nissan Altima

Body Style

Sedan 2 Door Coupe

Suspension

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/Coil Springs

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - 0.68

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 6

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.1 7.2

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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