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Sedan Comparison: 2020 Nissan Altima Vs. 2020 Kia Optima

Mid-Size Sedan Comparison: 2020 Nissan Altima Vs. 2020 Kia Optima
2020 Nissan Altima
2020 Kia Optima
Nissan Altima S Vehicle Comparison Kia Optima LX
$24,100* Starting MSRP $23,390
2.5-liter 4-cylinder Engine 2.4-liter 4-cylinder
28 / 39 mpg Fuel Economy (City / Highway) 24 / 32 mpg
188 hp Horsepower 185 hp
180 lb-ft Torque 178 lb-ft
CVT Transmission Automatic
FWD, with AWD Available Drivetrain FWD Only
2.0-liter VC-Turbo Available Engine 2.0-liter Turbo
248 hp Available Horsepower 245 hp
273 lb-ft Available Torque 260 lb-ft
Available Surround-View Camera Not Available
Standard Apple CarPlay® Standard
Standard Android Auto™ Standard
Features On The Altima
Available Features
Features On The Optima
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Nissan Door to Door Navigation with Premium Traffic
  • Bose® Premium Audio System with nine speakers
  • 2.0-liter VC-Turbo™ engine
  • 19" Aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Paddle shifters with manual shift mode
  • LED headlights
  • Intelligent Around View® Monitor
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • ProPILOT Assist
  • Power sliding glass moonroof
  • Intelligent Lane Intervention
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • Heated Front Seats
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels
  • 8.0-inch Touch-Screen Display
  • Rear Camera
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • High Beam Assist
  • Dual Zone Auto Climate Control
  • Navigation System
  • LED Headlights

Comparing Nissan's Mid-Size Sedan to the Competition

Jackson, Michigan, area motorists can turn to the new Nissan Altima as a highly efficient and versatile sedan. The 2020 Nissan Altima compares favorably to the stiff competition in the mid-size sedan class, including when compared with the 2020 Kia Optima.

While the new Nissan Altima and Kia Optima boast similar seating space and overall dimensions, there are plenty of features and characteristics that set these two sedans apart. Here, we'll review some of the key differences between Nissan's popular mid-size car and the Kia Optima.

We've covered some of the 2020 Nissan Altima lineup's main highlights and how it compares to Kia's Optima in the table above. Still, we'll now dig deeper to help you discover which of these new cars for sale is the right choice for your lifestyle, preferences and budget.

The team at Jackson Nissan welcomes nearby Ann Arbor, MI, drivers to uncover the new Nissan Altima sedans for sale at our full-service auto dealership. Our Jackson, MI, location makes us a convenient drive, where you can find highly competitive pricing on our stellar selection of new and pre-owned Nissan automobiles.

No matter where you live, feel free to reach out to our Nissan specialists for answers to your questions about the advanced Altima. Now, let's get into this comparison of two of today's popular choices in the mid-size car segment!

How the Nissan Altima & Kia Optima Differ

When you're shopping for a sedan that leads not follows, the 2020 Nissan Altima is here for you. This cutting-edge sedan boasts fuel-efficient and potent powertrains, available all-wheel drive (AWD) and a suite of driver-assistive technologies and safety features that its competition can't match.

The new Nissan Altima and Kia Optima boast similar starting MSRPs, but what you get for that price is quite different. With the 2020 Altima, you get more horsepower, more torque and far greater EPA-estimated fuel economy than the 2020 Optima.

Both of these models come standard with front-wheel drive, 8" touchscreen displays and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but then the differences start to show. The Altima comes standard with the full suite of Nissan Safety Shield® 360 driver-assist features, including:

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

Kia doesn't provide as extensive of a safety suite as standard equipment on its 2020 Optima. You'd have to upgrade to a pricier version of the Kia sedan to get similar features that the Nissan Altima gets as standard. Plus, Kia doesn't offer anything on the Optima that rivals Nissan's ProPILOT Assist, a technology package that offers semi-autonomous driving capabilities!

Whether you're after a highly fuel-efficient sedan, one that offers the confidence of AWD or delivers exceptional power and fuel economy, the new Nissan Altima is your answer. Its standard 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine generates more horsepower and torque than the Kia Optima's standard engine, along with significantly greater city and highway mpg ratings from the EPA.

Nissan's 2.5-liter engine in the new Altima can also be paired with the automaker's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, a feature that does not have a rival within the Kia Optima lineup!

Michigan motorists who step up to a new Altima featuring the revolutionary VC-Turbo engine can enjoy a powertrain that is like two engines in one. This advanced powertrain can adjust on-the-fly to deliver more power or optimize efficiency. So no matter what style of driving you're doing on any given day, the Altima's available VC-Turbo is there for you with its responsive and efficient performance.

With up to 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and an available sport-tuned suspension, the new Altima is the dynamic and high-performing car you're after, so test drive one today!

Secure Financing Through Jackson Nissan

Only one of these sedans is offered with an Intelligent Around View® Monitor and 19-inch alloy wheels, so you'll want to get down to your local Nissan dealer to experience this new car for yourself. If you live around the Chelsea, MI, area, then Jackson Nissan is just a short drive away and welcomes your visit.

You can shop and compare the new Altima to its competition on our website, where you can also consider the array of Altima amenities and trims available to you. Don't forget to reach out to our sales team for assistance with your new car search! We will gladly go over the differences among the new Armada trims so that you can find your ideal version.

Nissan prices every new Altima competitively, but when you shop at Jackson Nissan, you can also enjoy favorable finance and lease specials to make your upgrade even more affordable.

We invite you to apply for auto financing and explore the latest Nissan incentives now so that you can be ready to trade in and trade up to a new Altima during your visit to our Jackson, MI, auto dealership.

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*All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.