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2019 Nissan Altima Vs. 2019 Kia Optima

Blue 2019 Kia Optima drives down a highway, while a white 2019 Nissan Altima drives along a snowy road. Both are separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

AutoTrader calls it one of the best new cars of 2019. “Automobile” selected it as one of their 2019 All-Stars. The IIHS proclaims it a Top Safety Pick. That’s right, we’re talking about the 2019 Nissan Altima, a midsize car that has definitely earned its stripes.

If you’re in the market for stellar sedan, you may have also heard talk of the 2019 Kia Optima. Let’s see how it stacks up against the 2019 Nissan Altima in our head-to-head comparison.

2019 Nissan Altima


2019 Kia Optima

$24,000 Starting MSRP* $22,990
28 city / 39 highway mpg Base Engine Fuel Economy** Up to 24 city / 33 highway mpg
188 horsepower Base Engine Strength 185 horsepower
Available All-Wheel Drive? Not Available
Standard USB Type-C Outlets? Not Available
Available Intelligent Forward Collision Warning? Not Available
Available Rear Automatic Braking? Not Available
Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy-Fill Tire Alert Not Available

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

**2019 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 28 City/39 Highway/32 Combined for Altima® S, SV, SL FWD; 26 City/36 Highway/30 Combined for Altima S, SV, SL AWD; 27 City/37 Highway/31 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum FWD; 25 City/35 Highway/29 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum AWD; 25 City/34 Highway/29 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum, Edition ONE VC-Turbo FWD. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

Engine Performance in the 2019 Nissan Altima

The engine of 2019 Nissan Altima is lauded for being fuel-efficient, powerful, and adept, while the 2019 Kia Optima engine is a bit sluggish and slow to respond. It also gets an inferior fuel economy, with the numbers rated to its base engine being among the worst for midsize sedans.

Standard Features of the 2019 Nissan Altima

Both vehicles have user-friendly infotainment systems that include standard 8-inch touchscreens with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The Altima has more standard features, including satellite radio, and four USB ports as opposed to just one in the Optima.

The design of the 2019 Kia Optima priorities style over practicality, resulting in a sloping rear roof that impedes upon both rear visibility and rear headroom. The 2019 Nissan Altima is also rated as a more reliable vehicle by JD Power.

New Midsize Car in Las Vegas, NV

Fully redesigned for this model year, the 2019 Nissan Altima is noted especially for its available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, standard Apple CarPlay, Nissan Intelligent Mobility system, and being the proud possessor of the world’s first VC-Turbo engine. It also boasts tight handling, a comfortable and spacious cabin, and a sizable bevy of standard features.

But don’t take our word for it- contact us today at Planet Nissan to schedule a test drive, or with any other questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you soon!