2024 Nissan Altima vs Kia K5 Comparison

2024 Nissan Altima vs Kia K5: What To Choose?

The Nissan Altima stands as the epitome of a “bread-and-butter model,” meeting the demands of millions of U.S. car buyers seeking affordable, reliable, and comfortable transportation. The Altima offers versatility with a 188-hp base engine achieving up to 39 mpg on the highway and an optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 248 hp. However, its driving character lacks the passion some enthusiasts may seek, and the CVT sacrifices peppy acceleration for excellent fuel economy. On the other hand, Kia impresses with the Telluride, a well-packaged Carnival minivan, and the K5 mid-size family sedan. Powered by a turbocharged inline-four, the K5 offers various trim levels, including a 290-hp K5 GT for spirited driving. Standard features like LED headlights, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and rear cross-traffic alert enhance the K5’s appeal.

Nissan AltimaKia K5
Dimensions192.9 in x 72.9 in x 57.3 in193.1 in x 73.2 in x 56.9 in
Engine2.0L turbocharged inline-42.5L turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower248 hp290 hp
Torque280 lb-ft311 lb-ft
0-60 MPH5.9 sec5.2 sec
0-100 MPH14.7 sec12.3 sec
Top-Speed142 mph155 mph
Specs

Nissan Altima

2024 Nissan Altima vs Kia K5

Engine & Performance

All Altimas, except the SR VC-Turbo, feature a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder in the range-topping model produces 248 hp with premium gas. Each Altima employs a CVT. The Altima performs well in most dynamic tests, earning a “Fine” rating. The 2.5L four-cylinder exhibits unruly engine noise when pushed for more than expected, resulting in predictable yet unremarkable acceleration. The comfortable ride on 16- or 17-inch wheels maintains composure over road imperfections and uneven pavement. The VC-Turbo engine provides a significant power boost, making the Altima noticeably quicker.

Price & Mileage

The Nissan Altima is priced starting from $26,845 for the S, reaching up to $36,545 for the SR VC-Turbo. We appreciate the SR for its subtle enhancements in both appearance and dynamics. The Altima has long boasted impressive fuel economy, making it attractive to car shoppers without relying on a hybrid or plug-in-hybrid powertrain. In its standard FWD configuration, the base 2.5L four-cylinder engine achieves an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 39 mpg highway in the S and SV trims. When equipped with AWD, these estimates slightly drop to 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The turbocharged 2.0L engine achieves an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

Acceleration & Features

The Altima, equipped with the 2.5L four-cylinder and AWD, achieved a 60 mph speed in 7.6 seconds during testing. However, with the turbocharged 2.0L and FWD, the Altima showcases impressive speed, reaching 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. The Altima features a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. While the sound system includes convenient knobs for volume and tuning, the tested touchscreen displayed slow responsiveness to inputs. Altima SL and SR models come with a 12.3-inch touchscreen featuring navigation, wireless phone charging, and a WiFi hotspot as standard. The larger screen is available as an option on SV models.

Kia K5

2024 Nissan Altima vs Kia K5

Engine & Performance

Most K5 models feature a 180-hp turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, the K5 comes standard with FWD, while AWD is optional but exclusively available on the GT-Line. The fully-equipped GT model boasts a more powerful turbo 2.5L four, producing 290 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. Alongside its exclusive eight-speed automatic, the sportier K5 variant is equipped with larger brakes, a unique suspension tune, and wider tires mounted on larger 19-inch rims.

Price & Mileage

The anticipated starting price for the Kia K5 is around $27,000 for the LXS, with the GT expected to reach $33,000. For those uninterested in the extra power of the GT’s 290-hp engine, the GT-Line offers a compelling blend of sporty styling elements at a beautiful price. According to EPA estimates, the K5 equipped with the base four-cylinder engine and FWD is expected to achieve up to 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. However, these ratings see a significant decrease in AWD models, dropping to 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The FWD 290-hp K5 GT is the least fuel-efficient among the models, with an estimated 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Acceleration & Features

The front-drive, 180-hp K5 we tested exhibited decent acceleration around town, achieving a 7.0-second trip to 60 mph in testing. On the other hand, the GT we drove accelerated to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and came to a stop from 70 mph in 163 feet. The K5 comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that shares a bezel with the gauge cluster. The larger 10.3-inch touchscreen becomes standard on the GT-Line. Both systems feature a volume knob and physical buttons on the steering wheel. While the smaller display offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, oddly, the larger screen does not and requires a corded connection. The K5 is also available with a 12-speaker Bose audio system for those seeking the best auditory experience.

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