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The best midsize sedans have always been able to bring together qualities such as reliability, a high level of safety, and a generous list of standard features. The Nissan Altima is a prime example; since 1993, Nissan has refined its midsize sedan to make it one of the more visible choices in the segment. However, the Kia Optima is equally as impressive, if not more so. A child of the aughts (its debut was 2000), the Optima has wowed critics and customers alike with its sporty character, attractive design, lots of tech features, and a high level of cabin quality. The 2017 model year is no exception, as the Optima impresses more than its Nissan counterpart.
The 2017 Kia Optima and the 2017 Nissan Altima have great safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each sedan gets a “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation: the highest such honor from the IIHS. This is due to each vehicle getting the best possible rating (“Good”) on all of the IIHS crashworthiness tests, the best possible rating (“Superior”) in front crash prevention, and a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the effectiveness of its headlight illumination. However, what separates the Optima from the Altima is the performance in the headlight category. The Optima is rated as “Good,” which is the best possible rating. By comparison, the Altima has an “Acceptable” rating: which is still good, but is ultimately a notch lower than that of the Optima.
Using reported issues during the first 90 days of ownership, J.D. Power and Associates gives a new car a Predicted Reliability rating, which ranges from 1 to 5 Power Circles. The 2017 Kia Optima has 4 Power Circles, which means that it’s better than most vehicles in its class in projected reliability. By comparison, the 2017 Nissan Altima has 3.5 Power Circles, which places it below its Kia counterpart. That means that the Optima has a higher probability of ownership with minimal need for major repairs or replacements.
Cabin Quality and Features
More so than the 2017 Nissan Altima, automotive experts praise the level of quality of the 2017 Optima’s cabin. With a stylish layout that features soft-touch materials and polished plastics, the Optima exudes an aura that is expected from premium or luxury-branded vehicles. Additionally, the Optima is lauded for its generous list of standard features. At the base level, you can expect to get a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker stereo system that includes a complimentary three-month SiriusXM satellite radio subscription and a 5-inch touchscreen display. By contrast, the 2017 Altima is often accused of having fewer standard features than its rivals. You’d need to upgrade in trim to get the SiriusXM satellite radio subscription, rearview camera, or even a display screen, let alone a touchscreen. And audio-wise, the Altima starts off with four speakers instead of six.
Can’t wait to take the 2017 Kia Optima—rather than the 2017 Nissan Altima—for a spin or two? Give us a call today to set up an appointment with one of our Nissan experts. At our dealership in Woodstock, GA, we have a staff of well-trained and experienced sales professionals who can help you get a Kia Optima with your preferences.
* Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.