Back to back exterior views comparing the 2019 Kia Optima to the 2019 Nissan Altima

If you are searching for the best midsize sedan, you should evaluate the difference between a 2019 Kia Optima and a 2019 Nissan Altima. Both have a lot of great qualities that are ideal for busy families. In our Optima vs. Altima comparison, we will evaluate the prices, fuel economy, interior design, trunk space and various trim levels.

2019 Kia Optima

Front exterior view of a 2019 Kia Optima speeding down an open highway

Optima Price

A 2019 Kia Optima starts at $22,990. There are 4 trims to choose from: LX, S, EX and SX. The Optima S begins at $24,990 while the Optima EX starts at $26,890. At the top of the trims, the 2019 Optima SX has a starting MSRP of $31,990. There is no AWD configuration for the Optima with any engine option.

Optima MPG

The 2019 Kia Optima has a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 185 horsepower. With this engine, the Kia Optima gas mileage is 24/33. There are two other engine options, including a 1.6-liter or a 2.0-liter turbo, which puts out 178 or 245 horsepower. The smaller turbo engine earns 27/37 mpg.

Optima Interior

There is room inside the 2019 Kia Optima to seat five people comfortably. Even tall people (over 6 ft) have the room needed to sit in the front seats, which isn't normal in a midsize vehicle. The interior cabin is filled with premium materials and features an upscale look. Standard features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a USB port, Bluetooth, UVO infotainment system, six-speaker sound system plus an eight-inch touch screen.

Optima Trunk Space

In the trunk of a 2019 Kia Optima, there is 15.9 cubic feet of room, which is more than the Altima offers. Plenty of room for road trip supplies or a nice set of golf clubs.

Optima Trim Levels

Interior view of the front cabin in a 2019 Kia Optima

You have four trim options with the 2019 Kia Optima. Choose from the LX, S, EX, and SX. The Kia Optima LX 2.4 features the 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine and standard features. Standard safety features include blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, forward collision avoidance assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and lane keep assist. The Kia Optima S 2.4 features a hands-free trunk lid, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, forward collision warning, a Wi-Fi hot spot, autonomous emergency braking, and satellite radio.

The Kia Optima EX 1.6T features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with standard heated front seats, leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control, and three extra USB ports. The Kia Optima SX 2.0T features the 245-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine plus it features a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, power-adjustable passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, navigation system. HD Radio and ten-speaker premium Harman Kardon sound system.

2019 Nissan Altima

Front exterior view of a red 2019 Nissan Altima

Altima Price

The biggest difference you notice right off the bat in our 2019 Kia Optima vs. Nissan Altima comparison is the price. A 2019 Altima starts at $23,750. There are five other trim levels: SR ($25,100), SV ($27,930), SL ($29,840), Platinum ($31,780) and Edition One ($35,750). With the standard 2.5-liter engine, you can add all-wheel drive for another $1,350.

Altima MPG

A 2019 Nissan Altima features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 188 horsepower. The Nissan Altima mpg on this car is 28/39. There is also a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 248 horsepower. This delivers 25/34 mpg.

Altima Interior

There is also room for five people in the Altima. Standard features include cloth upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an eight-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, satellite radio, six-speaker sound system, voice recognition, and four USB ports. The interior is nice and sporty with enough space to take the family out on the town.

Altima Trunk Space

The Altima features 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than the Optima. Plus, despite the wide opening, the way the hinges sit impedes some of the cargo space.

Altima Trim Levels

Interior view of the front cabin in a 2019 Nissan Altima

The 2019 Nissan Altima comes with six trim levels: S, SR, SV, SL, Platinum, and Edition One. A base S comes standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, four USB ports, Bluetooth, push-button start, forward collision warning, a rearview camera, and an eight-inch touch screen. The SR trim has lane departure warning and heated front seats as well as a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Nissan Altima SV comes standard with LED turn signal indicators, heated front seats, ProPilot Assist, fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, high-beam assist, pedestrian detection plus lane departure warning. A Nissan Altima SL comes with a nine-speaker sound system, traffic sign recognition, and a navigation system. The Nissan Altima Platinum features a driver's seat memory setting and a 360-degree camera. The Edition One is the same except for having an upgraded turbocharged engine.

Kia Optima vs. Nissan Altima: Kia for the Win

Now that you've seen the differences between a 2019 Kia Optima vs. Nissan Altima, which one will you choose? We see the 2019 Kia Optima coming out on top. Not only does a new Optima come with a lower price tag and plenty of features, but it also has more cargo space for your family's luggage and gear. Stop by Phil Long Kia in Colorado Springs to test drive one of our 2019 Kia models. We have some amazing Optima lease deals happening right now.

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