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2018 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Kia Optima

2018 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Kia Optima

When it comes to a new car, drivers want a car that looks as good as it drives. While some automakers focus on the bare bones of their models, Nissan is one automaker who's made a commitment to design innovation alongside its advanced technology and driving features. Kia is another brand that does that. Today we'll be looking at two midsize sedans with a heavy emphasis on design and aesthetic. If you like the look of both of them, we hope this comparison of the 2018 Nissan Altima vs the 2018 Kia Optima will help you to decide.

Both of these midsize sedans are formidable options in their category. For the 2018 model year, the Nissan Altima has undergone quite a few updates in design, features, and technology. We know that drivers want a car that they're proud to drive, and both models deliver on sharp looks and futuristic aesthetics. Keep reading this page to see how the two models stack up against each other.

2018 Nissan Altima


2018 Kia Optima

179hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Standard Engine Option 185hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Xtronic CVT Transmission Configuration 6-speed automatic
27 city/38 highway EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy 25 city/36 highway
101.9 cu. ft. Available Passenger Space 104.8 cu. ft.

2018 Nissan Altima features

If you reference the chart above, it's clear that these two models offer drivers very similar specs. The 2018 Nissan Altima offers a slightly more powerful engine, but drivers do sacrifice one or two mpg on the road. Nissan's Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) makes smooth work of accelerating and decelerating, as well. When it comes down to it, this might just be a battle of features. 

The 2018 Altima and the 2018 Optima both offer drivers a standard six-speaker audio system, a touchscreen color display, rearview cameras, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows and locks, air conditioning with steering-wheel-mounted controls and remote keyless entry. these features are more or less standard for the midsize sedan sector.  The 2018 Nissan Altima, however, adds on  Autonomous Emergency Braking with Intelligent Forward Collision Warning as a standard feature, an option that isn’t standard in any Optima trim, and only becomes available as an add-on feature at EX or SX trim levels.

If you think that the 2018 Nissan Altima may be an option in your search for a new car, schedule a test drive online with Jack Ingram today!