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Nissan Altima vs. Kia Forte

In comparing the Nissan Altima to the Kia Forte, the Nissan Altima has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Kia Forte has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Nissan Altima and Kia Forte have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Nissan Altima versus the Kia Forte, the Nissan Altima is a better car than the Kia Forte.

Nissan Altima versus Kia Forte Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan Altima ranges from $18,703 to $28,693 while a used Kia Forte from the same model year range is priced between $16,388 to $23,108. For a new model, the Nissan Altima's price is between $26,564 and $36,309, with the Kia Forte priced between $20,870 and $28,175.

Nissan Altima versus Kia Forte Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan Altima is 8.3 out of 10 while the Kia Forte's quality rating is 7.9 out of 10. This results in the Nissan Altima being ranked 5 out of 8 Best Midsize Cars for the Money and the Kia Forte being ranked 11 out of 12 Best Small Cars for the Money.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Nissan Altima’s base engine makes 188 horsepower, and the Kia Forte base engine makes 147 horsepower. Both the Altima and the Forte are rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 632 and 546 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Nissan Altima, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Kia Forte, a compact car, has the advantage in the areas of rear head room and rear leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Nissan Altima has higher safety ratings than the Kia Forte, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.14 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Nissan Altima has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Kia Forte’s Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Nissan Altima

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,564 - $36,309

Used Asking Price:

$18,703 - $28,693

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$20,870 - $28,175

Used Asking Price:

$16,388 - $23,108

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.3 / 10

Reliability:

8.3 / 10

Retained Value:

6.7 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

8.1 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 13
4 / 13
5 / 8
6 / 13
6 / 13

iSeeCars Rankings

11 / 12
13 / 51
15 / 51
18 / 51
29 / 51

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

2.0 SR, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL

Trim Levels

LX, LXS, GT-Line, GT

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.14 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

180 foot-lbs @ 3600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.058 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

132 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.053 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 39 / 32

Range (city/hwy):

437 / 632 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 39 / 32

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 546 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.1 inches

Cargo Space:

15.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

100.6 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.3 inches

Cargo Space:

15.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

96.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3253 lbs

Width:

72.9 inches

Height:

56.7 inches

Length:

192.9 inches

Wheelbase:

111.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2769 lbs

Width:

70.9 inches

Height:

56.5 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.3 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P215/60R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

195/65R15