Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Lexus ES Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Lexus ES

Safety Comparison

Both the Altima Sedan and the ES Series 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras 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 Lexus ES Series:


Altima Sedan

ES Series


5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

216 lbs.

388 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

446/567 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Stress

113 lbs.

132 lbs.

Neck Compression

62 lbs.

147 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

537/329 lbs.

520/514 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Lexus ES Series:


Altima Sedan

ES Series


Into Pole


5 Stars

4 Stars




Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

711 lbs.

879 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 70 more horsepower (270 vs. 200) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 199) than the ES 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid:


Altima Sedan

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.8 sec

As tested in Consumer Reports the Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the ES 350 3.5 DOHC V6:


Altima Sedan

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.5 MPH

97.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 3.5 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the ES 350 (22 city/32 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the ES Series:


Altima Sedan

ES Series


70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

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 ES Series (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

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 ES Series doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .76 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 1.4 seconds quicker than the ES 350 (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the ES Series’ (36.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Lexus ES Series.

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 ES Series 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 ES Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The ES Series’ power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the ES Series because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the ES Series, including $173 less for a water pump, $52 less for an alternator, $117 less for a starter, $92 less for fuel injection, $554 less for front struts, $1190 less for a timing belt/chain and $2650 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Altima Sedan will be $1035 to $8735 less than for the Lexus ES Series.

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 ES Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Lexus ES Series by over five to one during the 2016 model year.

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