Childre Nissan Compares 2010 Nissan Altima VS 2010 Kia Optima Near Dublin, GA

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2010 Nissan Altima

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2010 Kia Optima

Safety Comparison

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The Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Optima doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Optima have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Optima:

Altima Sedan

Optima

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Shoulder Movement

40 mm

43 mm

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Shoulder Movement

10 mm

32 mm

Warranty Comparison

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The Altima Sedan’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Optima runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 73 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Altima Sedan’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Optima EX/SX 2.7 DOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Optima’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan first among midsize cars in their 2009 Initial Quality Study. The Optima isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 13th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 15th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 21st in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

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The Altima Sedan has more powerful engines than the Optima:

Horsepower

Torque

Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

180 lbs.-ft.

Altima Sedan Hybrid 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

198 HP

199 lbs.-ft.

Altima Sedan 3.5 SR 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Optima 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

169 lbs.-ft.

Optima EX/SX 2.7 DOHC V6

194 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Altima Sedan 4 cyl. is faster than the Kia Optima (automatics tested):

Altima Sedan

Optima 4 cyl.

Optima V6

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.2 sec

9.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

5.6 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.1 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

83.2 MPH

83.8 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Altima Sedan’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Optima:

Torque

Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

3900 RPM

Altima Sedan Hybrid 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

0 RPM

Altima Sedan 3.5 SR 3.5 DOHC V6

4400 RPM

Optima 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

4250 RPM

Optima EX/SX 2.7 DOHC V6

4500 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Optima Auto (35 city/33 hwy vs. 22 city/32 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 2.5 gets better fuel mileage than the Optima Auto 4 cyl. (23 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/32 hwy).

The Altima Sedan has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Optima (20 vs. 16.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Altima Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Optima:

Altima Sedan

Optima

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.3 inches

The Altima Sedan stops much shorter than the Optima:

Altima Sedan

Optima

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Altima Sedan has larger tires than the Optima (215/60R16 vs. 205/60R16).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima Sedan’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Optima (109.3 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SR handles at .83 G’s, while the Optima EX pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SR goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 2.6 MPH faster than the Optima EX (64.9 vs. 62.3 MPH).

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Optima EX (27.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Altima Sedan has .8 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and 2.3 inches more front hip room than the Optima.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Altima Sedan has a larger trunk than the Optima (15.3 vs. 15 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The engine computer on the Altima Sedan automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Optima’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Altima Sedan’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Optima’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Altima Sedan’s optional front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes.

If the front windows are left down on the Altima Sedan (except 2.5 S) the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Optima can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Optima’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Altima Sedan’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The Altima Sedan has standard lighted power door lock, power window, power mirror and cruise control switches so that they are easily found at night. The Optima doesn’t have lighted switches.

The Altima Sedan’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Optima’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Altima Sedan’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Optima doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Optima offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Altima Sedan offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Optima doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Altima Sedan’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Optima’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Altima Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the Altima Sedan will retain 42.65% to 53.15% of its original price after five years, while the Optima only retains 24.68% to 27.37%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Optima because it costs $276 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Optima, including $126 less for a water pump, $322 less for an alternator, $7 less for front brake pads, $107 less for a starter and $33 less for front struts.

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