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2020 Kia Optima
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2021 Nissan Maxima
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2021 Volkswagen Arteon
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Overview

Engine
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
Engine
3.5L V6 Gas
Engine
2.0L 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: 32 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
2.4L Inline-4 Gas
3.5L V6 Gas
2.0L 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

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
3,230 lbs
3,565 lbs
3,686 lbs

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

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

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.6 Tons/yr
7.3 Tons/yr
7.0 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
556.8 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
111.7 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

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³
14.3 ft³
N/A

Wheels and Suspension

Steering

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

Wheels

Wheels Type
N/A
Aluminum Wheels
Aluminum 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

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

  • Ebony Black
  • Gravity Grey
  • Horizon Blue, Build Out: 11/30/2019
  • Sangria
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Pure White
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Urano Gray

Optional Exterior Colors

Snow White Pearl
  • Carnelian Red Tintcoat
  • Pearl White Tricoat
Kings Red Metallic

Standard Interior Materials

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

Features and Options

Infotainment

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

Interior Trim

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

Comfort

Navigation System
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Climate Control
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Heated Front Seat(s)
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Multi-Zone A/C
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Power Driver Seat
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Power Passenger Seat
Not Available
Standard
Standard
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
Rear A/C
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Keyless Start
Not Available
Standard
Standard

Safety

Safety Features

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

US NHTSA crash test result

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

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
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