Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Honda Accord Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Honda Accord

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 Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Accord Hybrid 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, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Accord Hybrid 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 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 Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Honda Accord Hybrid:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.7 MPH

88.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord Hybrid (18 vs. 15.8 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 Accord Hybrid:




Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.1 inches

The Altima Sedan stops much shorter than the Accord Hybrid:





70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

195 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima Sedan 2.5 SR/3.5’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R17).

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SR/3.5’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Hybrid’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Altima Sedan 2.5 SR/3.5 has standard 18-inch wheels. The Accord Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

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 Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the Accord Hybrid Touring pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord Hybrid Touring (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The Altima Sedan SV/SR/SL/3.5’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Honda Accord Hybrid.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Altima Sedan V6 has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts (standard liquid front mount on other versions of the Altima Sedan). A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Accord Hybrid uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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 Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Accord Hybrid (15.4 vs. 13.5 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 Accord Hybrid’s liftover is 27.8 inches.

The Altima Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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