Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Buick Verano Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Buick Verano

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Verano doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Altima Sedan SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Verano offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL has standard Front and Rear Sonar Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Verano doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Verano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Buick Verano:

 

Altima Sedan

Verano

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

25%

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

47/110 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Buick Verano:

 

Altima Sedan

Verano

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

284

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

257

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

711 lbs.

733 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Altima Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Verano has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Altima Sedan has a standard 550-amp battery. The Verano’s 512-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Verano isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 171) than the Verano’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Altima Sedan 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 90 more horsepower (270 vs. 180) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 171) than the Verano’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Altima Sedan is faster than the Buick Verano:

 

Altima Sedan 2.5

Altima Sedan 3.5

Verano

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

5.9 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

14.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.2 MPH

101.7 MPH

85.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 2.5 gets better fuel mileage than the Verano (27 city/39 hwy vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

The Altima Sedan has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Verano (18 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Altima Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Verano:

 

Altima Sedan

Verano

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.5 inches

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the Verano:

 

Altima Sedan

Verano

 

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

131 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Verano doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Altima Sedan has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Buick Verano has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Altima Sedan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Altima Sedan flat and controlled during cornering. The Verano’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Altima Sedan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Verano doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima Sedan’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Verano (109.3 inches vs. 105.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Altima Sedan is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Verano.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL handles at .87 G’s, while the Verano pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Altima Sedan 2.5 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Verano doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Altima Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Verano is rated a Compact.

The Altima Sedan has 6.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Verano (101.9 vs. 95).

The Altima Sedan has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more rear hip room and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Verano.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Verano (15.4 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Altima Sedan easier. The Altima Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Verano’s liftover is 29.4 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Altima offers cargo security. The Verano’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Altima Sedan. The Verano doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the front windows are left down on the Altima Sedan the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Verano can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Altima Sedan has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Verano doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Altima Sedan’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Verano’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Altima Sedan’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Verano’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Both the Altima Sedan and the Verano offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Altima Sedan offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Verano doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

An available built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Altima Sedan’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Verano doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Altima Sedan SL offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Verano doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Altima Sedan, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Verano.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Verano because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Verano, including $344 less for a water pump, $145 less for front brake pads, $89 less for fuel injection, $65 less for a fuel pump and $321 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Verano isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Buick Verano by almost ten to one during the 2016 model year.

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