Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Dodge Charger Near Laredo, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

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 Charger doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, 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 Dodge Charger:

 

Altima Sedan

Charger

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

26%

Neck Stress

216 lbs.

230 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

582/440 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

113 lbs.

155 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Charger:

 

Altima Sedan

Charger

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

98

222

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

19 cm

28 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.4/0 kN

3.7/3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.64/.43

1.21/.58

Tibia forces R/L

2.7/0 kN

3/4.7 kN

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

 

Altima Sedan

Charger

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

270

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

48 G’s

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 Charger was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Charger runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Altima Sedan have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Charger.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Altima Sedan’s reliability will be 16% better than the Charger.

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 3.5 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Charger SE/SXT RWD (22 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Charger R/T Scat Pack requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SE’s standard 65 series tires.

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 Charger doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Charger Daytona’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 950 pounds less than the Dodge Charger.

The Altima Sedan is 6.5 inches shorter than the Charger, making the Altima Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan Altima Sedan amounts to more than styling. The Altima Sedan offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .265 to .288 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the Charger (.304 to .335) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Altima Sedan get better fuel mileage.

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 Charger doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Charger.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Charger’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

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

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 Charger can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Charger because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Charger, including $676 less for an alternator, $83 less for front brake pads and $74 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Altima Sedan will be $4971 to $8164 less than for the Dodge Charger.

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 Charger was rated third in its category.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Dodge Charger by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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