Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Kia Cadenza Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Kia Cadenza

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Cadenza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Altima Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cadenza has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Cadenza runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Cadenza isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Kia Cadenza:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.7 MPH

95.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 3.5 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Cadenza (22 city/32 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Cadenza doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Cadenza Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cadenza Limited (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Cadenza’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Kia Cadenza.

The Altima Sedan is 3.8 inches shorter than the Cadenza, making the Altima Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Altima Sedan 2.5 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Cadenza doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Cadenza doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima Sedan offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Altima Sedan’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Cadenza’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Altima Sedan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Altima Sedan with a number “1” insurance rate while the Cadenza is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Cadenza because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Cadenza, including $15 less for a water pump and $480 less for an alternator.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Kia Cadenza by over 50 to one during the 2016 model year.

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