2019 Kia Optima vs 2019 Nissan Altima

Sedan shoppers want a vehicle that’s refined and comfortable to drive. It should be maneuverable, with better handling and fuel-economy than an SUV or crossover. It should offer a roomy, comfortable interior and adequate cargo room without the bulky, fuel-burning downsides of those bigger vehicles.

The 2019 Kia Optima fulfills all these desires. In addition, it boasts a deliciously comfortable ride, plenty of convenience technology, and an excellent safety record. The 2019 model brings updated styling and even more standard active safety features.

The 2019 Nissan Altima is another key player in the midsize sedan class. How do these two vehicles compare? We contrast key statistics to see which ride ultimately pulls out ahead.

2019 Kia Optima


2019 Nissan Altima

3 Engine Options 2

Up to 27 city / 37 highway

Fuel Economy (mpg) Up to 28 city / 39 highway
245 hp Maximum Horsepower 236 hp
15.9 cubic feet Cargo Space 15.4 cubic feet
16-inch alloy Standard Wheels 16-inch steel with hubcap
6-speed automatic Standard Transmission 2-speed CVT
5 years / 60,000 miles Limited Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty Coverage 3 years / 36,000 miles
Yes J.D. Power Initial Quality Study Non-Luxury Winners? No
$22,990 Starts at... $23,750


Interior Comfort and Technology of the 2019 Kia Optima

The interior of the 2019 Kia Optima is both spacious and comfortable. Six-foot tall adults can ride easily in the back seats, even with tall folks up-front. In addition to the material comfort, the ride quality itself is smooth and serene, and the handling is impressively tight. The infotainment system is likewise user-friendly and intuitive.

Like the 2018 models, the 2019 Optima comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. This model year adds a variety of features to its formidable repertoire, including standard forward collision assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

How much cargo space is in the 2019 Kia Optima?

The 2019 Optima’s trunk, at nearly 16 cubic feet, is among the largest in its class. The 2019 Nissan Altima has a decently-sized trunk as well, but in addition to being half a foot smaller than the Optima’s, bulky hinges impede the available cargo room.

2019 Kia Optima Value

The lower price tag of the Kia Optima really seals the deal in this showdown. In addition, this vehicle comes in five excellent trims and provides three engine options, two of which are turbocharged for those who want to really move. With the 2019 Nissan Altima’s low-grade cabin materials and comparatively clunky handling, the choice becomes all too clear.

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