2019 Nissan Altima vs 2019 Kia Optima
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2019 Nissan Altima vs 2019 Kia Optima

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The midsize car market is huge, and the availability of so many options can create a serious challenge for today’s car buyers. Nonetheless, you may have narrowed down your top picks to the 2019 Nissan Altima and the 2019 Kia Optima. These are both stylish vehicles with great reputations, but there are significant differences between them under the surface that require review before you make a purchase. The Nissan Altima has a long-standing history that dates back to its 1992 model year. Because the 2018 model year introduced a new generation, the 2019 model has only a few notable improvements. However, the entire vehicle features modern innovations and impressive style. The Optima has been offered since the 2000 model year, and its latest generation was released in 2015.


The last thing that you want is to take home a new midsize sedan that has lackluster performance, and the powertrain and mechanical features in these two models vary considerably. The 2019 Altima is available with multiple powertrain options, and one of these is a variable-compression turbo engine. This engine is the first of its kind and is the product of more than 20 years of innovation. It is designed to improve the car's power and performance while maximizing fuel economy. Intelligent all-wheel drive, paddle shifters, a sports suspension, and advanced steering capabilities are available with different Altima trims as well. The 2019 Optima is available in your choice of two powertrains. These are a 2.0-liter turbo engine with 245 horsepower and a 1.6-liter turbo engine that comes with a dual-clutch transmission. Some Optima sedans have paddle shifters and a sports suspension as well.


Getting behind the wheel of both models gives you a convenient way to explore their features in greater detail. In the 2019 Altima from Nissan, you will find remote engine start, intelligent climate control, a Bose premium sound system, nine speakers heated front seats, a heated steering wheel with manual controls on it, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a color touchscreen, cruise control and more. The 2019 Optima gives you six speakers, a standard audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a color touchscreen, mounted controls on the steering wheel and several additional features. Cloth seats, power windows and power door locks are standard for all 2019 trims of the Altima and the Optima.


Because the Nissan Altima underwent a major update in the last model year, its exterior style in the 2019 model year remains modern and fresh. Its contouring is stark and flares back to create a sporty appearance. The front chrome grille has a unique design that fades effortlessly into angular LED headlights. Fog lights, turn signals mounted in the side mirrors and off-line chrome door handles complete the look. While the Optima has not received a major update in several years, its exterior remains appealing. Its LED headlights are integrated into a narrow, elongated grille. Contouring across the hood and side panels is smoothed out rather than creased. All molding across all trim levels is body-colored to create a seamless look.

You can see that the 2019 Nissan Altima and 2019 Kia Optima share many superficial similarities, but they have noticeable and critical differences when you dig beneath the surface. A great way to compare style, features and performance capabilities for each of these vehicles is to hop behind the wheel for a test drive. Stop by our Nissan dealership soon to learn about all of the 2019 Altima trims and to compare those against your experiences with the Optima from Kia.

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