Kia vs. Nissan
If you're looking for a stylish, fun and feature-filled vehicle, Kia and Nissan are two automakers that are known for top-performing vehicles at a reasonable price. While Nissan has a more well-established history in the U.S., Kia models have covered plenty of ground and then some in recent years; so much so, that Kia was named the second-highest ranked non-premium automaker in the annual Consumer Reports auto brand report card in February 2017, and sixth overall behind only brands like Audi and BMW. Nissan was a distant number 22 in the brand report card, towards the bottom of all mainstream automakers.
While praise like this is what we aim for with Kia models, there's much more to dive into in this comparison, as Kia models offer smartphone compatibility like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which Nissan for the most part does not have for its vehicles. Kia vehicles also come at lower starting prices than Nissan, and the revamps and redesigns in recent years for models like the Kia Forte compact, Kia Cadenza sedan, Kia Soul crossover, Kia Sportage small SUV and others have put the industry on notice, saying you can have it all when you're shopping for a car – price, features, handling, and performance - so long as you shop for a Kia.
Kia vehicles come with some of the most affordable and competitive prices around. While smaller cars like the Kia Forte compact and Kia Rio subcompact offer savings in the hundreds over the comparable Nissan Versa and Nissan Sentra, if you make the move up to a Kia Soul vs. Nissan JUKE in the crossover class or a Kia Sorento SUV vs. the Nissan Pathfinder SUV, then you're saving about $4,000 MSRP right off the bat with Kia. Top value is available in all Kia vehicle classes.
Don’t mistake their low prices for weakness; Kia vehicles are very spacious on the inside, with more room for passengers than comparable Nissan models nearly across the board, and they come with plenty of power. The Kia Sorento SUV tops out at 290 horsepower, and the Kia Optima sedan maxes at 245 horsepower, which is enough to make your fellow drivers quiver as you pass on the road. The Kia Soul has a new turbocharged engine option, as well.
All new Kia models have available UVO eServices, a features platform which allows you to sync your compatible smartphone with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, gives you access to streaming audio and your playlist, and lets you store up to 8GB of music. Nissan vehicles have nowhere near the same breadth of features and entertainment options, as they can play streaming audio but do not come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, for example.
Awards & Recognition
Kia and Nissan both are known for safety-conscious models, and both have a good deal of IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2017. However, Kia vehicles have honors that Nissan could only dare dream of, like U.S. News & World Report's “Best 3-Row SUV for the Money” award for the 2017 Sorento, the 2017 Kia Cadenza's Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year for the “Luxury On-Road” category, and the 2017 Sportage's Kelley Blue Book KBB.com: “Best Buy” – Small SUV award.