2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima Midsize Sedan Information in Olympia, WA

The Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima may have similar-sounding names, but it's the Kia that's the optimal midsize sedan. Its combination of value, style, comfort, and safety make it a natural choice. Of course, we know that research is a valuable part of the car-buying process, which is why we've put together this comparison page. You'll be able to see how the Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima compare before scheduling your test drive at Hanson Kia.

Panoramic sunroof in a Kia Optima

2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima: Design & Exterior Features

The Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima are both striking midsize sedans, but the Kia Optima goes a little bit further when it comes to quality. Take something as simple as the wheels. On the 2020 Nissan Altima, 16-inch steel wheels are standard, with alloy wheels as an available upgrade. But the 2020 Kia Optima starts off with 16-inch alloy wheels at the entry level. Similarly, heated outside mirrors are standard on the Kia Optima, but will cost you extra in the Altima. There are other places where the Kia Optima simply offers things you won't find on the Nissan Altima. The 2020 Nissan Altima does offer a very nice available sunroof, but the Kia Optima does even better: it lets you choose an available panoramic sunroof that makes the cabin feel even lighter and roomier.


Kia Optima interior

2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima: Interior Comfort & Convenience Features

While we're on the subject of the interior, you'll find that the extra room that the Kia Optima provides can make the difference between a successful road trip and a backseat brawl. Inside the 2020 Kia Optima, you'll get 104.8 cubic feet of passenger volume and a 15.9-cubic-foot trunk. The trunk in the Nissan Altima is only a little smaller, at 15.4 cubic feet, but you can't say the same about the passenger space. Inside the Nissan Altima, you'll get only 100.8 cubic feet of passenger space.

Space is an important part of comfort, and both of these cars supplement it by offering available comfort features. One thing that becomes clear, though, is that you'll find many features available at a lower price in the Kia Optima. Leather seat trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are all features that cost less in the Kia Optima. You can even get features like ventilated front seats in the Optima; these are unavailable entirely in the Nissan Altima.


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2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima: Performance

When you look at performance, you might be surprised to see how similar these two SUVs are. The Kia Optima has a little less horsepower and a little less torque than the Nissan Altima, but the difference is minimal. The transmissions, on the other hand, stand in stark contrast. The Nissan Altima comes paired with a CVT automatic transmission, which tends to be costlier to repair than a regular automatic transmission. The 2020 Kia Optima, on the other hand, comes with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission or an available 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for extra performance! And, while the Nissan Altima does get a little better gas mileage, the 2020 Kia Optima can still get up to 35 miles per gallon!


Kia Optima safety frame

2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima: Safety

Your safety is something that you should never have to compromise. That's why the Kia Optima is designed to keep you and your family protected--and it shows! The 2020 Kia Optima earned a perfect 5 stars in the NHTSA Frontal Crash category, while the 2020 Nissan Altima got only four stars. We will admit that the 2020 Nissan Altima earned the coveted 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the 2020 Kia Optima managed to do even better. It earned the top IIHS award: the 2020 Top Safety Pick+! In addition, you'll find features like available blind-spot warning in the Kia Optima, but not the Nissan Altima.

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2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima: Value

The 2020 Nissan Altima has a starting MSRP that's more than $700 greater than that of the 2020 Kia Optima, and that's just the start. There's much more to value than the up-front cost; we think that longevity plays a key role, too. That's why Kia stands behind the quality of its product with an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Choose the 2020 Nissan Altima and you'll get a much less impressive powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles. When it comes to keeping long-term value, the Kia Optima is the way to go.

2020 Kia Optima2020 Nissan Altima
$23,390Starting MSRP*$24,100
185Horsepower188
178 lb.-ft.Torque180 lb.-ft.
25 City / 35 HighwayGas Mileage (MPG)28 City / 39 Highway
16" AluminumWheels16" Steel
StandardHeated Outside MirrorsAvailable Upgrade
104.8 cu. ft.Passenger Volume100.8 cu. ft.
15.9 cu. ft.Cargo Capacity15.4 cu. ft.
StandardBlind-Spot Collision WarningAvailable Upgrade
5 StarsNHTSA Frontal Crash Rating4 Stars

*"Starting MSRP" is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for base model trim. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary. Kia Motors reserves the right to make changes at any time as to vehicle availability, destination, and handling fees, colors, materials, specifications, features, accessories, packages and models. See retailer for details.