2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Kia Optima 2016 Nissan Maxima

2.4-liter 4-cylinder

2.0-liter Turbo

1.6-liter Turbo
Engine Option(s) 3.5-liter V-6

6-Speed Sportmatic Auto

7-Speed DCT
Transmission Option(s) Xtronic CVT
110.4-inches Wheelbase 109.3-inches
73.2-inches Width 73.2-inches

2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Kia Optima Exterior

Vehicles get redesigns all the time. Sometimes it’s because the car’s style is a bit outdated, or it just isn’t appealing to drivers anymore. Other times it is because the manufacturer feels the vehicle needs to be moving in a different direction and some significant changes are required. And one final, seldom used reason is because the vehicle is doing so well and the manufacturer simply wants to make it even better. That is exactly what we have with the 2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Nissan Maxima comparison, where both vehicles had been doing quite well, but received complete makeovers for 2016.

Obviously the first thing that customer will notice with the 2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Nissan Maxima comparison is the changes to each vehicle’s exterior. For the Optima, Kia’s designers aimed to give the vehicle a more upscale European feel, with a redesigned front end as well as a new rear bumper. The Maxima’s redesign added several exterior features, as well as the new Nissan design language. Where the Optima is looking to stand out and separate from other vehicles in its class, the Maxima seems to be doing all it can to stay the course with what it has.

Roomier Interior with Plenty of New Technology in the 2016 Kia Optima

With its redesign, the 2016 Kia Optima now offers a larger wheelbase than the 2016 Nissan Maxima, as well as the same width. This means the Optima will most likely offer a cozier interior for passengers to enjoy, and with all of the great interior comfort options that the Optima offers, enjoy it they shall. Just a few of these optional comfort features include a dual-zone automatic climate control system, Nappa leather seat trim, heated seats, and a height adjustable passenger seat.

While both vehicles are packed with plenty of great, new technology, the 2016 Kia Optima will offer several options that the Maxima does not. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems will be offered which will make streaming music, accessing apps, sending messages, and several other in car operations much easier than it has ever been before. The Optima also offers plenty of the latest driver assist technology including an autonomous emergency braking system, rear parking assist system, and a 360-degree surround view monitor.

2016 Kia Optima Interior