Midsize sedans are a great fit for all kinds of drivers. With a stylish design, a spacious interior, and lots of safety features, cars like the Nissan Altima and the Kia Optima have a lot to offer. Which one is right for you, though? The team at Maus Nissan of New Port Richey finds out. We put together this 2020 Nissan Altima vs. Kia Optima comparison to help drivers in Port Richey, Bayonet Point, and Jasmine Estates, FL, decide.

Nissan Altima vs Kia Optima: Performance

Whether you're looking for a smooth ride or a high-powered performance, you can count on the Nissan Altima. It offers two versatile engines. First, there's a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 188 horsepower. If you'd like your sedan to feel like a sports car, you can go with a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine instead. It can get up to 248 horsepower.

The Kia Optima offers a few reliable powertrains, too, but they may not seem quite as exciting. First, there's a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 178 horsepower. Its most powerful engine is a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder, but it falls just short of the Nissan with 245 horsepower.

Altima vs Optima MPG

On top of offering a fun drive, the Nissan Altima can also cover a lot of ground in between trips to the pump. With an aerodynamic design and efficient powertrains, it offers good fuel economy on both long road trips and your daily commute. Both engines work with an efficient Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). Its smooth and precise shifting helps the 2020 Nissan Altima get up to an EPA-estimated 28 city/39 highway MPG.1

The Kia Optima is also an efficient car, but it can't offer quite the same fuel economy. It gets up to an EPA-estimated 27 city/37 highway MPG. Without a CVT, you're left with the choice between a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. That might force you to make more pit stops.

Nissan Altima vs Kia Optima: Safety Features

The Nissan Altima is also prepared to help keep you and your passengers safe. It's built with front and rear crumple zones that can absorb energy if the unexpected happens. Inside, you'll be protected by eight air bags, including roof-mounted curtain air bags that cover both rows of seats.

To give you peace of mind and help you remain in control, the Nissan Altima is also available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. Plus, there are lots of driver-assistance features available that can help prevent accidents. For example, the Nissan Safety Shield® 360 system includes the following features:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning

You'll even get to see what's around your vehicle while you drive. A RearView Monitor comes standard to help you back up safely, while an Intelligent Around View® Monitor is available to give you a 360-degree view.

The Kia Optima comes with some similar driver-assistance features, including a rearview camera. However, it doesn't offer anything that can give you a bird's-eye view of your vehicle. The interior isn't quite as well protected with only seven air bags. You won't find all-wheel drive available on any trim level, either.

Should I Buy the Nissan Altima or Kia Optima?

Visit Maus Nissan of New Port Richey to test drive the safe and stylish Nissan Altima. It offers a comfortable drive and good fuel economy to drivers in Port Richey, Bayonet Point, and Jasmine Estates, FL. Contact us to learn more about our Nissan Altima vs. Kia Optima comparison or schedule a test drive.

12020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 28 City MPG/39 Highway MPG/32 Combined MPG for Altima S, SV, SL FWD; 26 City MPG/36 Highway MPG/30 Combined MPG for Altima S, SV, SL AWD; 27 City MPG/37 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum FWD; 25 City MPG/35 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum AWD; 25 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/29 Combined MPG for Altima SR, Platinum VC-Turbo FWD. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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