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Kia Optima
2020 Kia Optima
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$23,390
Starting Price (MSRP)
7.8
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Nissan Maxima
2020 Nissan Maxima
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$34,450
Starting Price (MSRP)
6.8
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Volkswagen Arteon
2021 Volkswagen Arteon
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$38,000
Starting Price (MSRP)
8.3
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Overview

Engine
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
Engine
3.5-liter V6 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Transmission
8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 24 MPG
Hwy: 32 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 20 MPG
Hwy: 30 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 22 MPG
Hwy: 29 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
18 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
17.4 gallons
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³
Trunk Volume
14.3 ft³
Trunk Volume
N/A

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
3.5-liter V6 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
185 hp @ 6000 rpm
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
268 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque
178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Steering

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
N/A
N/A
39 ft

Wheels

Front Wheel Size
16" x 6.5"
18" x 8.5"
18" x 8"
Rear Wheel Size
16" x 6.5"
18" x 8.5"
18" x 8"

Suspension

Front Suspension
Strut
Strut
Strut
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire
P205/65HR16
P245/45VR18
P245/45HR18
Rear Tire
P205/65HR16
P245/45VR18
P245/45HR18
Spare Tire
N/A
Compact
Compact

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
27 MPG
24 MPG
25 MPG
City
24 MPG
20 MPG
22 MPG
Highway
32 MPG
30 MPG
29 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.6 Tons/yr
7.4 Tons/yr
7.2 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5 gallons
18 gallons
17.4 gallons
Cruising Range City
444 miles
360 miles
382.8 miles
Cruising Range Highway
592 miles
540 miles
504.6 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
191.1 in
192.8 in
191.4 in
Height
57.7 in
56.5 in
56.5 in
Max Width
73.2 in
73.2 in
73.7 in
Front Width
63.5 in
62.4 in
62.5 in
Rear Width
63.8 in
62.4 in
62.1 in
Wheelbase
110.4 in
109.3 in
111.9 in
Ground Clearance
5.3 in
5.3 in
N/A

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
5 seater
5 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
45.5 in
45 in
41.2 in
Front Seat Headroom
39.8 in
39.4 in
37.7 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
58.1 in
56.7 in
56.5 in
Front Seat Hip Room
56 in
54.2 in
N/A
Rear Seat Leg Room
35.6 in
34.2 in
40.2 in
Rear Seat Headroom
37.8 in
36.7 in
37 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
56.4 in
55.7 in
54.7 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
56 in
53.5 in
N/A

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
3,230 lbs
3,552 lbs
3,655 lbs

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³
14.3 ft³
N/A

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

  • Ebony Black
  • Gravity Grey
  • Horizon Blue, Build Out: 11/30/2019
  • Sangria
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Carnelian Red Tintcoat
  • Gun Metallic
  • Pearl White Tricoat
  • Super Black
  • Chili Red Metallic, Build Out: 02/12/2020
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Manganese Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Urano Gray

Optional Exterior Colors

Snow White Pearl
N/A
N/A

Standard Interior Materials

  • Black, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Charcoal, Cloth Seat Trim
  • Moonrock Gray/Black, Perforated V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
  • Titan Black, Perforated V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces

Features and Options

Infotainment

Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Satellite Radio
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Not Available
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Not Available

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Leather Seats
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Leather Steering Wheel
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Premium Synthetic Seats
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Vinyl Seats
Standard
Not Available
Not Available

Comfort

Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Not Available
A/C
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Climate Control
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Multi-Zone A/C
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Power Passenger Seat
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Remote Engine Start
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Remote Trunk Release
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Keyless Start
Not Available
Standard
Not Available

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Rear Parking Aid
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Lane Departure Warning
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Lane Keeping Assist
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Not Available

US NHTSA crash test result

Overall Rating
N/A
N/A
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
N/A
N/A
Side Crash Rating
N/A
N/A
Rollover Rating
N/A

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Rear Side Air Bag
Not Available
Standard
Not Available

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
5 Years / 100,000 Miles
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
7 Years / 100,000 Miles
Drivetrain
10 Years / 100,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Maintenance
N/A
N/A
2 Years / 20,000 Miles