Childre Nissan Compares 2013 Nissan Altima VS 2013 Dodge Charger Near Warner Robins, GA

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2013 Nissan Altima

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2013 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan SL’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Charger doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Charger runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Altima Sedan have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Charger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 18th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 3.5 V6 gets better city fuel mileage than the Charger SE/SXT RWD 8-speed Auto (22 city/31 hwy vs. 19 city/31 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Charger R/T requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger’s standard 65 series tires.

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 Charger doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Charger’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Altima Sedan SV/SL/3.5 S’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Charger AWD’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1100 pounds less than the Dodge Charger.

The Altima Sedan is 8.4 inches shorter than the Charger, making the Altima Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Altima Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the Charger R/T:

Altima Sedan


At idle

38 dB

42 dB


75 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Charger.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Altima Sedan easier. The Altima Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.9 inches, while the Charger’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

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

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 Charger can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Standard smartphone integration for the Altima Sedan SV/SL allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Charger doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Altima Sedan, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Charger.

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