If you've been searching for your next sedan, you know how many options you have. Two that you've likely come across are the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Nissan Altima. To help you learn more about these bold cars, the Youngblood Kia team has taken a closer look at both in this 2019 Optima vs. 2019 Altima head-to-head comparison.

In this page, we'll focus on the 2019 Kia Optima SX, which starts at $31,990 MSRP, and the 2019 Nissan Altima SL, which starts at $29,840 MSRP. After reading through the Optima and Altima differences, you can learn more about this Kia sedan on our Optima overview page. To see the selection at our dealership near Nixa, MO, browse our Optima inventory. If you have any questions or would like to set up a test drive appointment, call (866) 825-9532 or contact our dealership online. If you want to test drive a New Nissan Altima check out our sister store, Youngblood Nissan.

Optima vs Altima

You won't be disappointed by the performance produced by either of these sedans. The 2019 Altima is paired with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers impressive horsepower, while the Optima's 1.6L turbocharged configuration boasts exhilarating torque. No matter which powertrain you prefer, you'll appreciate their efficiency estimates. Performance specs for both engines can be found below.

2019 Kia Optima

1.6L Turbocharged 4-cylinder

178 HP
195 lb.-ft.

2019 Nissan Altima

2.5L 4-cylinder

188 HP
180 lb.-ft


Inside these sculpted sedans, you'll find cabins that are designed to be comfortable for both drivers and passengers. The Optima and Altima are appointed with leather seating, push-button ignition, and heated front seats. Those who drive home in the 2019 Optima will find a higher level of refinement, thanks to these features not found in similarly priced 2019 Altima models:

  • Smart Trunk™
  • Smart Welcome
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support



From behind the wheel of the 2019 Optima and Altima, you'll have numerous modern technologies at your fingertips. Both sedans include a well-connected infotainment system centered around an 8-in. touchscreen display. However, we're more impressed by the variety of features included in the 2019 Optima. These tech features include:

  • UVO link with 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™ compatibility
  • Bluetooth® wireless connectivity
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio
  • Siri® Eyes Free


The Optima and Altima leave little to chance. These family sedans provide added peace of mind thanks to adaptive features such as smart cruise control, lane change assist, and much more. Ensure that you and your family arrive safely by taking advantage of the Optima and Altima's comprehensive suites of safety tech. Notable safety features included in both cars include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward collision-avoidance assistance with pedestrian detection
  • Rearview camera
  • Lane keeping assist-line
  • Driver attention warning
  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning
  • Lane change assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Reverse park distance warning

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