Vehicle Comparisons:
The 2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Kia Optima

At Montgomeryville Nissan, it’s our job to help Philadelphia, Lansdale, and Doylestown drivers connect with the perfect car. So, needless to say, we’ve got a pretty solid idea of what people are looking for in a midsize sedan.

As we compare the 2017 Nissan Altima and the 2017 Kia Optima, we’ll keep in mind the features most important to you—safety, fuel economy, and comfort—to show you which comes out on top.

A Car That Doesn’t Compromise on Safety

When purchasing a car, you have no reason to settle for less, especially not when it comes to you or your family’s safety.

The 2017 Kia Optima is a fairly well-equipped sedan. Its sturdy build and added technologies, such as vehicle stability management and electronic stability control help it to snag a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

But the 2017 Nissan Altima always goes the extra mile. It earns itself the more coveted 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+, offering drivers a much more comprehensive safety suite.

Not only does the Altima come loaded with protective technologies, it also features the incredibly rigid Zone body. Zone construction includes several fortifications such as:

  • Front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases and safety stops
  • An energy-absorbing steering column
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams

Altima vs. Optima: Interior Comfort

Believe it or not, the Altima and the Optima have a lot in common in terms of interior comfort. Both are spacious vehicles featuring excellent entertainment suites, including mobile and MP3 connectivity.

Cloth interior and manually adjustable driver’s seats are available in both sedans, so you can settle back into your vehicle with ease.

However, the Altima once again goes above and beyond with convenience. Not only does it offer keyless entry, it also includes the quick and easy push-button start. Firing up that engine takes only a second!

Highly Efficient Performance

Under the hood of both these vehicles, drivers will find an inline four-cylinder engine, which is made for considerable speed and high efficiency. However, it is the additional optimizations in these powertrains that set them apart.

The Optima features a few different engine enhancements, but nothing as effective as those found in its competitor. The Altima is bolstered by the continuously variable valve timing control and variable induction systems, both of which lower fuel consumption.

The Altima also features the highly efficient Xtronic continuously variable transmission, whereas the Optima is equipped with a garden variety six-speed automatic transmission.

It is for these reasons that the Altima beats out the 36 MPG highway and 25 MPG city maintained in the Optima by offering 39 MPG highway and 27 MPG city.1

Choose the Right Midsize Sedan for Your Lifestyle

The 2017 Kia Optima comes across as an impressive vehicle. But when pitted against the 2017 Nissan Altima, it continually falls short.

Philadelphia, Lansdale, and Doylestown drivers deserve only the best. Visit Montgomeryville Nissan today to test drive the Altima for yourself!

1 Fuel economy based on targeted 2017 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2017 Altima® – Targeted 2017 fuel economy estimates:
• 27 city MPG / 39 hwy MPG / 31 combined MPG for 2017 Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL trims
• 26 city MPG / 37 hwy MPG / 30 combined MPG for 2017 Altima 2.5 SR trim (including Midnight Edition)
• 22 city MPG / 32 hwy MPG / 26 combined MPG for 2017 Altima 3.5 SR & 3.5 SL trims based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation.

Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

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