Nissan KA Engine

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About Nissan KA Engine

Nissan Motors uses a simple method for naming their engines series. And KA family engine is the most popular one as part of an engine they were created. There are 3 variant in the Nissan KA engine series, the KA20DE, the KA24E, and the most powerfull one KA24DE.

The KA engines is a series of four-stroke inline-four gasoline piston engines manufactured by Nissan. The engine were offered in 2.0 and 2.4 L. To minimize costs, the engines blocks were made from cast-iron, while the cylinder heads were made of aluminum. Nissan KA engine was commonly used in light trucks and SUVs.

KA20DE vs KA24E vs KA24DE

When it comes to Nissan engines, the KA-Series stands tall as a reliable and versatile powerhouse. Among its variants, the KA20DE, KA24E, and KA24DE offer distinct characteristics, each with its own set of advantages.


The KA20DE was a DOHC 16-valve engine produced from June 1999 through August 2007. These engine was mainly used in Japanese Domestic Market commercial vehicles.


The KA24E was a SOHC 12-valve engine produced from July 1988 through January 1997. It uses Hitachi sequential electronic fuel injection, and features cast steel connecting rods, a half-counterweighted forged steel crankshaft, and a cast aluminum cylinder head.


The 2.4 L (2,389 cc) KA24DE built in Mexico and used in many Nissan cars and trucks. For those of you that are in the drifting scene, should be familiar these engine. The KA24DE is very similar to the KA24E. As the KA24E is SOHC with three valves per cylinder, the KA24DE is DOHC with 4 valves per cylinder and shim-over-bucket valve actuation.

Nissan KA Engine Specs

ManufacturerAguascalientes Plant
Yokohama Plant
Also calledNissan KA24
Cylinder block alloyCast-iron
4 valves per cylinder
3 valves per cylinder
Piston stroke, mm (inch)96 (3.78)
Cylinder bore, mm (inch)89 (3.50)
Compression ratio8.6 (SOHC)
9.1 (SOHC)
Displacement2389 cc (145.8 cu in)
Power output99 kW (134 HP) at 5,200 rpm
103 kW (140 HP) at 5,600 rpm
105 kW (143 HP) at 4,300 rpm
110 kW (150 HP) at 5,600 rpm
114 kW (155 HP) at 5,400 rpm
Torque output209 Nm (154 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm
206 Nm (152 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm
208 Nm (153 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm
208 Nm (153 lb·ft) at 3,600 rpm
217 Nm (160 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm
Redline6,000 (KA24E)
6,500 (KA24E)
6,100 (KA24DE)
6,400 (KA24DE)
6,900 (KA24DE)
HP per liter56.1
Fuel typeGasoline
Weight, kg (lbs)167 (370)
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (mpg)
for Xterra
12.4 (19)
9.8 (24)
11.1 (21)
TurbochargerNaturally aspirated
Oil consumption , L/1000 km
(qt. per miles)
up to 0.5
(1 qt. per 1200 miles)
Recommended engine oil5W-30
Engine oil capacity, L (qt.)4.1 (4.3)
Oil change interval, km (miles)5,000-10,000
Normal engine operating temperature, °C (F)
Engine lifespan, km (miles)
-Official information

300,000+ (180,000)
Tuning, HP
-Max HP
-No life span loss

The engine is installed inNissan 240SX
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Nissan Xterra
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Nissan Bluebird
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Nissan Pintara
Nissan Prairie
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