Compare 2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Kia Optima
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EX DCT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima EX DCT 27 37 $26,103 $27,190
Optima EX Premium DCT 27 37 $28,983 $30,190
Optima LX Automatic 24 32 $22,572 $23,390
Optima S Automatic 24 32 $23,893 $24,890
Optima SE Automatic 24 32 $25,335 $26,390
Optima SX Automatic 21 30 $30,903 $32,190
Optima Hybrid EX Automatic 40 45 $27,803 $29,310
Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX Automatic N/A N/A $34,105 $36,090
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2.0 Platinum Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2.0 Platinum Sedan 25 34 $32,769 $35,180
Altima 2.0 SR Sedan 25 34 $27,719 $29,750
Altima 2.5 Platinum AWD Sedan 25 35 $31,440 $33,750
Altima 2.5 Platinum Sedan 27 37 $30,184 $32,400
Altima 2.5 S AWD Sedan 26 36 $23,906 $25,650
Altima 2.5 S Sedan 28 39 $22,650 $24,300
Altima 2.5 SL AWD Sedan 26 36 $29,430 $31,590
Altima 2.5 SL Sedan 28 39 $28,175 $30,240
Altima 2.5 SR AWD Sedan 25 35 $25,395 $27,250
Altima 2.5 SR Sedan 27 37 $24,139 $25,900
Altima 2.5 SV AWD Sedan 26 36 $27,477 $29,490
Altima 2.5 SV Sedan 28 39 $26,222 $28,140
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CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy CVT 27 35 $21,486 $22,745
Legacy Limited CVT 27 35 $27,915 $29,745
Legacy Limited XT CVT 24 32 $31,962 $34,195
Legacy Premium CVT 27 35 $23,591 $24,995
Legacy Sport CVT 27 35 $25,388 $26,945
Legacy Touring XT CVT 24 32 $33,523 $35,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,103
$32,769
$21,486
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,190
$35,180
$22,745
Monthly Payment Estimate
$453 / month
$586 / month
$379 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.7
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Kia Optima makes for a pleasant mid-size sedan space for those willing to overlook the appeal of crossovers and SUVs. The 2020 Nissan Altima is a handsome sedan with a great-looking price. The 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan is a stellar value with impressive tech.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 25 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 34 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57.1 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 43.8 42.8
Front Hip Room (in)
56 54.7 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 35.2 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 38 39.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
120.7 98.8 105.5
Second Hip Room (in)
56 54.5 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 58.2 58.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 36.7 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 56.9 59.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 62.8 63.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.4 111.2 108.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 72.9 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
63.1 62.8 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.1 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
191.1 192.9 190.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 15.4 15.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 11.5 11.8
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)
12 11.7 12.4
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 16.2 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 37.4 36.8
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P235/40VR19 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P235/40VR19 P225/55VR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3285 3438 3499
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 6.5 19 X 8 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 6.5 19 X 8 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
800 510 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 150 -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
178 @ 5500 236 @ 5600 182 @ 5800
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
195 @ 1500 267 @ 4000 176 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
1.6 L/97 2.0 L/120 2.5 L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 34 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 25 27
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 29 30
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 - 0.67
Reverse Ratio (:1)
5.07 1.80 4.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26 - -
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 - -
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.79 - 4.07 - 0.84
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 5.25 3.70
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 - -
Trans Type
7 1 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 - -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.56
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Nissan Altima Subaru Legacy
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 6.1 5.9
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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