Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Honda Civic Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Honda Civic

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

Both the Altima Sedan and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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.

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 Civic:

 

Altima Sedan

Civic

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

20%

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

192/350 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 Civic:

 

Altima Sedan

Civic

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

404

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

68 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

260

Hip Force

711 lbs.

727 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 Civic is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Altima Sedan has a standard 550-amp battery. The Civic’s 500-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 Civic 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

The Altima Sedan has more powerful engines than the Civic:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

251 lbs.-ft.

Civic 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

158 HP

138 lbs.-ft.

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

174 HP

162 lbs.-ft.

Civic 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

174 HP

167 lbs.-ft.

Civic Hatchback Sport 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

180 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Civic 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Altima Sedan

Civic

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.5 sec

14.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.8 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.2 MPH

86.1 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Honda Civic 1.5 (automatics tested):

 

Altima Sedan

Civic

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.7 MPH

92.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 5.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Civic (18 vs. 12.4 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 Civic:

 

Altima Sedan

Civic

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.2 inches

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the Civic:

 

Altima Sedan

Civic

 

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

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 Civic doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima Sedan’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Civic (109.3 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Altima Sedan is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Civic.

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the Civic Touring Sedan pulls only .82 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 Civic EX Sedan (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Civic Sport Hatchback’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.8 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 Civic 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 Civic EX Sedan:

 

Altima Sedan

Civic

At idle

38 dB

39 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 4.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Civic Sedan (101.9 vs. 97.8).

The Altima Sedan has .7 inches more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 4.8 inches more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a larger trunk than the Civic Sedan (15.4 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

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

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Altima offers cargo security. The Civic’s non-lockable remote release defeats 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 Civic 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 Civic can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Civic LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Altima Sedan’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Civic’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 Civic doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Civic 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 Civic doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost less on the Altima Sedan than the Civic, including $183 less for a starter and $52 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 Civic isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Honda Civic by 7417 units during 2015.

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