2019 Honda Accord vs. 2019 Nissan Altima

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Altima’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Accord and the Altima have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Altima has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 2 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

The Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (192 vs. 188) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 180) than the Altima’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (252 vs. 248) than the Altima’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Accord 2.0T is faster than the Nissan Altima 2.0 Turbo (automatics tested):

 

Accord

Altima

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

5.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.9 sec

9.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.6 sec

14.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

6.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

99 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Altima doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Altima:

 

Accord

Altima

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.65 inches

The Accord stops much shorter than the Altima:

 

Accord

Altima

 

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Accord has larger standard tires than the Altima (225/50R17 vs. 215/60R16).

The Accord’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Altima S’ standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accord has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Altima S.

Suspension and Handling

The Accord offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Altima’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Accord’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Altima doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Accord Touring is quieter than the Altima Platinum (77 vs. 79 dB).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord a Large car, while the Altima is rated a Mid-size.

The Accord has 4.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Altima (105.6 vs. 100.8).

The Accord has .3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 5.2 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear hip room than the Altima.

Cargo Capacity

The Accord has a much larger trunk than the Altima (16.7 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

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

Towing

The Accord 2.0L Turbo offers up to a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The Altima has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Accord Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Altima doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Accord’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Altima’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Altima SV/SL/Platinum’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

The Accord Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Altima’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

When the Accord Touring is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Altima’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Accord and the Altima offer available heated front seats. The Accord Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Altima.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Accord Touring keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Altima doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Accord has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Altima SV/SL/Platinum.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Accord owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Accord will cost $805 less than the Altima over a five-year period.

The Accord will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Accord will retain 43.72% to 52.72% of its original price after five years, while the Altima only retains 35.93% to 40.44%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord will be $3438 to $3612 less than for the Nissan Altima.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Accord, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 22 of the last 24 years. The Altima has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Accord 2.0T Sport was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Altima has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Accord as the 2018 North American Car of the Year. The Altima has never been chosen.

The Honda Accord outsold the Nissan Altima by 30% during the 2018 model year.

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