Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Altima VS 2014 Chevrolet Impala Near Macon, GA

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2014 Nissan Altima

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2014 Chevrolet Impala

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

The Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Altima Sedan SV/SL’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Altima Sedan SV/SL’s optional 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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Impala Limited 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 Chevrolet Impala Limited:

Altima Sedan

Impala Limited

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

28%

Neck Stress

216 lbs.

279 lbs.

Neck Compression

59 lbs.

239 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

47/216 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

236

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

39%

Neck Stress

113 lbs.

123 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

537/329 lbs.

698/316 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 Chevrolet Impala Limited:

Altima Sedan

Impala Limited

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

98

130

Chest Movement

1.4 inches

1.7 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

238 G’s

Hip Force

493 lbs.

515 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

350

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

689 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

290

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

63 G’s

Hip Force

711 lbs.

765 lbs.

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Altima Sedan earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Altima Sedan’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Impala Limited was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Altima Sedan with power recline seats is safer then the Impala Limited:

Altima Sedan

Impala Limited

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

2 mm

42 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

38 mm

46 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

57

Max Neck Tension

266

477

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal, side, rear impact, and roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Altima Sedan as a “Top Pick” for 2014. The Impala Limited is not even a standard “Top Pick”

Warranty Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Impala Limited’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 3.5 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Impala Limited (22 city/31 hwy vs. 18 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Altima Sedan has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the Impala Limited:

Altima Sedan

Impala Limited

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima Sedan 3.5’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Impala Limited LTZ’s 50 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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Impala Limited LTZ’s (36.1 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Chevrolet Impala Limited.

The Altima Sedan is 8.9 inches shorter than the Impala Limited, making the Altima Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Impala Limited uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Nissan Altima Sedan amounts to more than styling. The Altima Sedan has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Impala Limited (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Altima Sedan get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has .6 inches more front headroom and 2.7 inches more front legroom than the Impala Limited.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Altima offers cargo security. The Impala Limited’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat 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 Impala Limited doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Altima Sedan has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Altima Sedan’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Impala Limited’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Altima Sedan’s optional front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes.

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 Impala Limited can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Impala Limited doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Altima Sedan has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Impala Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Altima Sedan SV/SL’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Altima Sedan has available rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer rear vents.

Optional NissanConnect for the Altima Sedan (not available 2.5 Base) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Altima Sedan’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Impala Limited’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional voice command, the Altima Sedan offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Impala Limited doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Altima Sedan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Altima Sedan with a number “3” insurance rate while the Impala Limited is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The Altima Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Altima Sedan will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Impala Limited.

Altima Sedan

Impala Limited

Five Year

35% to 39%

28% to 31%

Three Year

51% to 54%

39% to 44%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Impala Limited because it costs $532 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Impala Limited, including $171 less for a water pump, $383 less for an alternator, $97 less for front brake pads, $191 less for a starter, $196 less for a fuel pump, $104 less for front struts, $64 less for a timing belt/chain and $7 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Altima Sedan

Impala Limited

Consumer Reports® Recommends

FALSE

FALSE

Kiplinger’s Awards

2

0

The Nissan Altima outsold the Chevrolet Impala Limited by over two to one during the 2013 model year.

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