2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima | Car Dealer in Freehold

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  • 2020 Kia Optima

    A blue 2020 Kia Optima is angled left.

    Starting at

    $23,390

    2020 Nissan Altima

    A blue 2020 Nissan Altima is angled right.

    Starting at

    $24,100

    YesHybrid OptionNo
    15.9Cargo Space (cu.ft.)15.4
    104.8Passenger Volume (cu.ft.)100.8

    There might be a lot of buzz these days about trucks and SUVs, but the car market is still going strong. Midsize sedans will always be a top choice for anyone looking to save on trips to the gas station and have a lot of updated features at a fraction of the cost you might find on a bigger vehicle. Sedans are your go-to passenger vehicle because they have just about everything that makes for a comfortable and convenient commuter vehicle for you and the family. With affordable pricing, enough room for up to five passengers, roomy cargo areas, excellent fuel economy, and powerful engine options to make highway driving a breeze, it's no wonder sedans have always been a popular option. Plus, with advanced technology and safety features, your ride is even more fun and secure than ever before. The only issue is choosing the ideal midsize sedan for your wants and needs. Today, we'll compare two of the automotive industry's most popular choices with the 2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima.

    This comparison will give you a better understanding as to how two different vehicles may be better in some ways and perhaps worse off in others. In such a competitive market, manufacturers must be covering all aspects of their cars to appeal to the most consumers possible. This is a good thing for us because it means we get to see the very best products on display and we can then choose between them.

    At a quick glance, it's easy to see that both the 2020 Kia Optima and 2020 Nissan Altima are going to be very similar in many ways. Overall, it's a very close call between these two cars. Still, the 2020 Kia Optima might gain an edge by having hybrid availability, increased standard safety features, and the industry-leading Kia warranty program. To check one out for yourself, come on down to Raceway Kia in Freehold Township, NJ, for your own personal test drive.

  • Performance

    A white 2020 Kia Optima is driving on a highway bridge near Freehold, NJ.

    The engine is what keeps the car running, so it's no surprise that most people are going to want to know what engine options are available on any new vehicle they're looking into. While most normal midsize sedans aren't going to offer anything extraordinary in terms of sheer power, they're starting to become more advanced and able to offer more upgraded engine options than they've previously been able to.

    Engines in the Kia Optima

    On the 2020 Kia Optima, you're going to find three engine options across the different trim levels. Depending on which trim level you go with, whether it's the LX, S, Special Edition, EX, EX Premium, or SX, it's going to come with an engine that's for that trim. This is a common practice for sedans, so it's not very surprising. The Optima LX, S, and Special Edition models come equipped with a 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine with an output of 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. The Optima EX and EX Premium models come equipped with a turbocharged 1.6L inline 4-cylinder engine with an output of 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The top-level Optima SX comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine with an output of 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both the 2.4L 4-cylinder and Turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engines come paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the Turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine is paired with a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission.

    Engine Options for the Nissan Altima

    On the 2020 Nissan Altima, you're going to find two different engine options. The Altima S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum models all come equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with an output of 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for one of the VC-Turbo models, either the SR VC-Turbo or the Platinum VC-Turbo, you'll get a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine with an output of 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmissions. When it comes to performance numbers, both the 2020 Kia Optima and 2020 Nissan Altima come in almost as equals. The difference between the numbers on their similar engine options is so small that it's basically negligible.

  • Safety

    A white 2020 Kia Optima is backing up with a car approaching and yellow lines simulated on the ground.

    As the automotive industry has continued to grow and advance, so too has the technology that comes equipped on modern vehicles. For many consumers, it's more than important to make sure any new car they're considering purchasing comes with advanced standard safety features; it's actually essential. While there may not be a price you can put on safety and protection, there are some manufacturers that have managed to do just that. Just about every manufacturer out there has their versions of all of the advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies you see out there. Still, it's a matter of how available they're making them, which is important. You shouldn't have to be able to afford higher-priced models to get access to features that can potentially help with increasing driver awareness and overall security.

    Kia Optima's Optimal Safety

    The 2020 Kia Optima takes Kia's refreshing stance on standard advanced safety features for all and runs with it. Starting with the base model Optima LX, you'll find upwards of nine safety and driver-assistive features that are commonly seen as advanced features on many vehicles and usually only found on higher trims. These include blind-spot collision warning, parking distance warning-reverse, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic collision warning, forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assistance with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and driver attention warning. These are additional along with the standard safety features you would expect to find, like tire-pressure monitoring system, hill start assist control, advanced airbags, and more.

    Nissan Altima's Safety Features

    Unfortunately, the 2020 Nissan Altima is apparently lagging behind in offering their advanced safety features as standard fare across their trim levels. If you look at the base model Altima S, you'll find the inclusion of at least three advanced features, like intelligent forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and intelligent driver alertness. Of course, you will find many more standard features on higher trim levels like the Altima SL and Platinum models, though you will have to pay extra to get up to those levels.

  • Warranties

    A white 2020 Kia Optima is parked with a city in the distance after winning the 2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Nissan Altima comparison.

    In this day and age, there's nothing quite as frustrating as having car troubles. We lead busy lives, so having your vehicle out of commission can really throw a wrench into your plans. However, having plans in place for the day that something might go amiss with your vehicle will at least give you the peace of mind to know everything will be handled smoothly and professionally, getting you back to the important things and people in your life. That's why every new car is going to come with different warranties attached to it to make sure your vehicle has proper coverage when something goes awry.

    Kia's Standard Warranty

    Kia is known for their industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program for new Kia vehicles. And it's no different on a new 2020 Kia Optima. Along with the 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, you also receive a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, 5-year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty, and 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan.

    Nissan's Standard Warranty

    To put that into comparison, a new 2020 Nissan Altima comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage warranty, 3-year/36,000-mile basic coverage warranty, and 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance plan. Just looking at the numbers, it's not much of a comparison, which is why Kia has been seen as a leader in car manufacturing for its very extended warranties on all new vehicles. It's a testament to Kia and their dedication to their customers that they would extend their warranties by so much time, even when it's known that issues would have a much higher chance of occurring outside of average warranty lengths of time like those that Nissan offers.

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