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Kia Optima vs. Nissan Altima

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Optima

$411
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Nissan Altima

$461
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Optima Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $411 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average, and major issues are less frequent than average, so major repairs are not common for the Optima.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Nissan Altima Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $461 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Altima.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$411
inexpensive
expensive
$461
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.35
not often
very often
0.27
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(7)
4
(21)
3
(15)
2
(4)
1
(2)
The Kia Optima ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.
“I got stuck buying from Dons used cars. He is a buy here pay here dealer. It is a 2004 Kia Optima and i was in a rush as they just done detailing the vehicle. So after i got the car home ...”
“I got stuck buying from Dons used cars. He is a buy here pay here dealer. It is a 2004 Kia Op...”
5
(9)
4
(59)
3
(20)
2
(9)
1
(2)
The Nissan Altima ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Survived a rear end collision with absolutely no damage to the Altima. One Nissan fanatic for life. ”
“Survived a rear end collision with absolutely no damage to the Altima. One Nissan fanatic for ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima are both four-door, midsize sedans. They each come with front-wheel drive.

Your engine choices for the Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima are in the same ballpark. The Optima’s standard engine has 185 horsepower, with an optional 245-horsepower engine. The Altima’s standard engine has 182 horsepower, with an optional 270-horsepower V6 engine. The Altima is one of the few midsize sedans that offers a V6 engine.

When measuring the Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima for interior and trunk space, there’s not a lot of difference. The Optima provides you with 104.8 cubic feet of interior volume and 15.9 cubic feet of space in the trunk. The Altima offers 100.5 cubic feet inside and 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. 

The Kia Optima and the Nissan Altima are both fully capable of providing you with the traditional midsize sedan benefits of a spacious interior, a large trunk, a smooth ride and a variety of trim levels to match your budget. Drive them both and see which one you prefer.

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