2019 Nissan Altima vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Altima have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Accord doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Altima are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Accord doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Altima SV/SL/Platinum has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Accord doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Altima offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Altima Platinum has a standard Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Altima and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 1 place higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine

The Altima’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (248 vs. 192) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Altima 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Altima

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.2 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Altima’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Altima has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (16.2 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Altima

Accord

Front Rotors

11.65 inches

11.5 inches

The Altima stops much shorter than the Accord:

 

Altima

Accord

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Altima 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 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Altima Platinum handles at .86 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Platinum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Accord EX (26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima S’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Accord’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Altima SR/SV/SL/Platinum’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Altima Platinum is quieter than the Accord Sport (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

The Altima has 1.5 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

On extremely cold winter days, the Altima SV/SL/Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

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

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