2018 Nissan Altima vs Kia Optima

On the hunt for a smart sedan that combines performance with impressive entertainment and safety technology? You're in luck! The 2018 Nissan Altima and the 2018 Kia Optima provide drivers with all of these features and more.

But how will drivers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster choose between the two? That's what we at Fred Beans Nissan are here for. Below, you'll find our detailed comparison of the Altima and Optima. Read ahead to discover which vehicle is a better fit for you!

Altima vs Optima: Performance Specifications

The 2018 Nissan Altima's powertrain lineup features two expert engines starting with a standard 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine. This engine specializes in efficiency by delivering an impressive EPA-estimated 38 highway / 27 city MPG1.

If your eyes are set on power, you'll want to opt for the Altima's available 3.5-L V6 engine. This engine manufactures an incredible 270 horsepower. With this much power and grip, you can count on having ultimate control and command of the road in front of you,

The 2018 Kia Optima, on the other hand, does not offer a V6 engine in its powertrain lineup. So, if you go with this model, you will unfortunately max out at 245 horsepower. You also won't see quite as much efficiency with the Optima as it gets just an EPA-estimated 36 highway / 25 city MPG.

Altima vs Optima: Entertainment Technology

In the Nissan Altima and the Kia Optima, you'll have access to some of the best entertainment technology features on the market today. Both vehicles provide a standard infotainment system, Bluetooth® wireless hands-free audio streaming and phone calling, and a rearview camera.

An extra feature you'll get to take advantage of in the Altima is standard Siri® Eyes Free. This feature extends the smart search capabilities of your Apple device to your vehicle. Simply press the Siri® button on your steering wheel, ask Siri® whatever you want, and she'll take care of it. This feature is, unfortunately, not available in the Optima.

Altima vs Optima: Advanced Safety Systems

Safety is always a priority. Luckily, both the 2018 Altima and the 2018 Optima deliver in this category with standard Anti-Lock Braking Systems, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution Systems.

You'll also have access to several advanced active safety features in both vehicles. Opt for Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert in either vehicle. These features act as a second set of eyes that monitor the spots in your vision that you may have some trouble seeing.

What you won't get in the Optima, however, is the Nissan Advanced Drive-Assist® Display. This display lives behind the steering wheel so it can deliver all the important information you need to know about your vehicle. You'll also get infotainment updates that don't require you to look away from the road in order to see them.

2018 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Kia Optima: The Verdict

As you can see, the 2018 Kia Optima has a few great features but, in the end, the 2018 Nissan Altima takes the cake it every category. Now, it's time for shoppers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster to get behind the wheel and discover the Altima's many other impressive features.

Contact us at Fred Beans Nissan today so that we can get you schedule for a test drive!


1 2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Altima®: 27 city / 38 hwy MPG for 2018 Altima 2.5S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL trims; 26 city MPG / 37 hwy MPG for 2018 Altima 2.5 SR trim (including Special Edition); 22 city MPG / 32 hwy MPG for 2018 Altima 3.5 SL trim. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions - use for comparison only.

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