Four doors, big trunks, enough space for the family, and a potent yet fuel-efficient engine sum up everything that most shoppers need in a family sedan. The Kia K5 and the Nissan Altima are some of the few cars that effortlessly offer all that—at a more affordable price. Over the years, these two sedans gave stayed at the top of their game, constantly embracing more modern styling and tech updates as the years rolled by.
If you’re shopping for the next midsize sedan to lease, no doubt, both the 2022 Kia K5 and the 2022 Nissan Altima are at the top of your shopping list. Although these cars offer similar traits and an evenly close price, which one is superior? Is leasing the 2022 Kia K5 more affordable and better than leasing the 2022 Nissan Altima? Does the 2022 Altima offer more power than the 2022 K5? Better fuel economy numbers, better interior space, and amenities—K5 or Altima?
Once known as the Kia Optima before the name change in the 2021 model year that also witnessed sharper styling and a more comfortable cabin, the K5 easily stands out in the midsize sedan segment, thanks to its unique styling. Despite its new styling and name change, the K5 is much like the Optima. It appeals to shoppers with its excellent warranty, long list of standard and optional features, and value pricing. Unlike most rivals, the K5 offers a sporty and near-luxury feel.
For the 2022 model year, the K5 joins the 2022 Kia lineup with few notable changes. The 2022 K5 gets the new Kia logo on all its trim levels. At the trim levels, the new K5 gets more standard tech features. The rear seats of the LXS trim level get USB ports, while the GT line models now afford an all-wheel-drive system and standard wireless charger. Other exciting features in the 2022 K5 include a standard 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen (only on the GT-Line, EX, and GT trims), a 360 degree-view camera system (on the EX and GT trims), brown interior upholstery, new front parking sensors, and power-folding exterior mirrors.
The Altima started as one of the best and most innovative midsize sedans in its class. Although it has lost some of its charms over the years, the Altima is still a compelling choice in the midsize sedan segment, thanks to its distinctive styling, family-friendly features, value pricing, and inspiring powertrain with an excellent blend of performance and efficiency.
For the 2022 model year, Nissan didn’t bother to give the Altima any significant touch. This five-passenger four-door sedan continues with its sixth generation that debuted in 2019 with few minor changes. Nissan adds a new Midnight Edition package with more exterior accents exclusively to the Altima SR trim level. Also, the Premium package for Altima SV now adds heated side mirrors with LED turn signals. The Apple Carplay and Android Auto are no longer standard in the 2022 Altima.
Every 2022 Kia K5 comes standard with a turbocharged I-4 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the 2022 Nissan Altima gets two different powertrains that are both mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
When it comes to horsepower, the 2022 Altima delivers more horsepower. However, the 2022 Kia K5 lease deal with the sporty GT model has much more power than you can get in the 2022 Altima lineup.
While the Altima’s CVT is responsive and pairs well with the two powertrains, it is not as quick as the K5’s eight-speed automatic transmissions.
Powering the 2022 Kia K5 is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This turbocharged I-4 engine sends power through an eight-speed automatic to the front wheels. If you need more powers and better torque when you lease the 2022 Kia K5, go for the K5 GT model.
On the other hand, the 2022 Altima is powered by a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that generates 182 horses in the AWD models and 188 horses with FWD models. If you want more power when you lease the 2022 Nissan Altima, you should consider going for the Altima SR models with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that coughs out 236-hp.
When it comes to performance, neither the 2022 Kia K5 nor the 2022 Nissan Altima impresses in this category. Both sedans are far from been athletic. If you want more enjoyable driving manners from these two sedans, the K5 GT models will hand you that.
Both the new Altima and the latest K5 also deliver a supple and comfortable ride you can expect from a family sedan. They are a little composed around turns and have a fairly communicative steering feel.
Both cars are not particular speedsters. Thanks to the sporty GT model, the 2022 Kia K5 is slightly more powerful and affords better performance than the 2022 Altima. The Altima’s CVT is of no much help, as it is slow to shift and poorly tuned.
With either of the cars, you can count on getting a comfortable and smooth ride.
If you want to lease a family sedan that will see you visit the gas pump less often, you should consider leasing the 2022 Nissan Altima.
Thanks to the Altima’s CVT, the 2022 Altima gets one of the best fuel economy numbers in the class, with an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway with the standard AWD and 26/36 mpg city/ with the AWD. The 2022 K5 gets between 27-29 mpg city and 37-38 mpg highway.
Inside, the 2022 K5 and the 2022 Altima afford a decent and well-outfitted interior (for its price), with comfortable and supportive seats. However, the 2022 K5’s cabin is more sophisticated and stocked with more upscale materials and standard niceties.
For infotainment, while the 2022 K5 comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen that features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the 2022 Altima sports a 7-inch touch screen with voice recognition.
Both family sedans seat five people in their spacious and comfortable seats. If you want to lease a sedan that can haul not just the whole family but every other load, the 2022 K5 is the bag. Its 16 cubic feet trunk space is one of the best in the class—better than the 15.4-cubic-foot trunk of the 2022 Altima.
If you want to lease a family sedan that is very much affordable and delivers in all the core areas of a midsize family car, the 2022 K5 and the 2022 Altima is there for you. For the most satisfying lease deal, contact VIP Auto, 1204 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305 https://viplease.com/.