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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
MSRP
$30,900
Invoice
$28,695
Average Price Paid
$30,900
200 listings nationwide

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2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
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2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$25,980
18 listings nationwide

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2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$31,306
20 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
Kyree Rollerson Preview:

The Kia Optima competes with other midsize family-sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Volkswagen Passat. It receives a few changes for 2020. You’ll find one of three power...

2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

The 2021 Nissan Altima is a popular midsize sedan now in the third year of its sixth generation of production. The Altima debuted as a 1993 model and has spent the decades nudged from ...

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  • Look and Feel 6
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 7
  • Safety 9
  • Cost-Effectiveness 6

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
Harvey writes:
Power Ranked 2020 Honda Accord 2.0T EX-L FWD better.
"No Turbo lag, stomp the accelerator and it moves out fast."
Family Car Ranked 2020 Honda Accord 2.0T EX-L FWD better.
"Lots of room and convenience features. "
2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD
2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD
Powertrain 7-Speed Dual Clutch Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
27 MPG
27 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
37 MPG
37 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 18.5 gal 16.2 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
178 hp @ 5,500 RPM
236 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Torque
195 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
267 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
8:1
Displacement
1,600 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.03 in x 3.35 in
3.31 in x 3.55 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Optional Standard
Driver Airbag Optional Standard
Passenger Airbag Optional Standard
Front Side Airbags Optional Standard
Rear Side Airbags -- Standard
Curtain Airbags Optional Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 4 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Rollover 5 stars 4 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Optional Standard
Radio Optional Standard
Power Windows Optional Standard
Power Door Locks Optional Standard
Driver Power Seats Optional Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 45.5 in 43.8 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 35.2 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft 15.4 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 975 lbs
Exterior
Length 191.1 in 192.9 in
Width 73.2 in 72.9 in
Height 57.7 in 56.8 in
Wheelbase 110.4 in 111.2 in

Available Options

2020 Kia Optima
EX FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Ebony Black
  • Gravity Grey
  • Horizon Blue
  • Sangria
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Sparkling Silver
2021 Nissan Altima
2.0 SR FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Pearl White Tricoat
  • Scarlet Ember Tintcoat
  • Sunset Drift Chromaflair
  • Super Black

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