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2015 Nissan Altima 2014 Kia Optima
4dr Sdn I4 2.5
  • 4dr Sdn I4 2.5
  • 4dr Sdn I4 2.5 S
  • 4dr Sdn I4 2.5 SV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 3.5 S
  • 4dr Sdn I4 2.5 SL
  • 4dr Sdn V6 3.5 SV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 3.5 SL
4dr Sdn LX
  • 4dr Sdn LX
  • 4dr Sdn EX
  • 4dr Sdn SX
  • 4dr Sdn SX Turbo
  • 4dr Sdn SXL Turbo


MSRP $22,300 $21,500  
Invoice $21,093 $20,579
Avg. Paid $22,248 $22,056

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.1  
Critics' Rating 8.8 8.4
Performance 8.1 7.6
Interior 8.3 7.7
Safety N/A 9.7
Reliability N/A 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Modern, well-built interior
  • Exceptionally comfortable front seats
  • Powerful engines
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Long warranty coverage
  • Tight rear-seat headroom
  • Limited back-seat headroom
  • Some complaints of numb steering
  • Cabin plastics not as good as rivals’

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded I-4 2.5 L/152 Regular Unleaded I-4 2.4 L/144
MPG 27 City / 38 Hwy 23 City / 34 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Sedan  


Wheelbase(in) 109.3 110  
Length, Overall (in) 191.5 190.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72 72.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 57.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3108 3237  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard  
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 101.9 102.2
Front Head Room (in) 40 40
Front Leg Room (in) 45 45.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 57.3
Front Hip Room (in) 54 54.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.6
Second Leg Room (in) 36.1 34.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 55.7
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 54.5
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.4 15.4


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard  

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard  


Cloth Seats Standard Standard  
Driver Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement 2.5 L/152 2.4 L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 182 @ 6000 192 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 180 @ 4000 181 @ 4250
Transmission CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 36.1 35.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18 18.5


Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard