Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Honda Accord Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Altima Sedan SV/SL’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Accord Sedan 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 crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

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 Honda Accord Sedan:

 

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

29%

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

636/216 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

211

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

35%

Neck Stress

113 lbs.

173 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 Honda Accord Sedan:

 

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

303

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

58 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

289

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

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Altima Sedan’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Accord Sedan’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Accord Sedan was rated third.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Altima Sedan is faster than the Honda Accord Sedan (automatics tested):

 

Altima Sedan 2.5

Altima Sedan 3.5

Accord Sedan

Accord Sedan Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

5.9 sec

7.7 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

14.2 sec

16 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan:

 

 

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/39 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/37 hwy

26 city/34 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.1 inches

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the Accord Sedan:

 

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

 

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima Sedan has larger standard tires than the Accord Sedan (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16).

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 Accord Sedan LX’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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX-L pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX-L (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan LX/EX’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Altima Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the Accord Sedan EX-L:

 

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

At idle

38 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

81 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has .9 inches more front headroom and 2.5 inches more front legroom than the Accord Sedan.

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 Accord Sedan’s liftover is 27.8 inches.

The Altima Sedan’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

On extremely cold Winter days, the Altima Sedan’s optional (except Base/S/SR) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Accord Sedan, including $49 less for an alternator, $2 less for front brake pads, $134 less for a starter, $131 less for fuel injection, $27 less for a fuel pump and $384 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 Accord Sedan isn’t in the top three.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Nissan Altima Sedan is ranked third in the Mid-Size Car category. The Honda Accord Sedan is ranked below average.

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