Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Altima VS 2015 Honda Accord Near Macon, GA

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2015 Nissan Altima

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2015 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Accord Sedan 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 Honda Accord Sedan:

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

30%

Neck Stress

216 lbs.

236 lbs.

Neck Compression

59 lbs.

89 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

92/455 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

191

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

40%

Neck Stress

113 lbs.

163 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

537/329 lbs.

535/546 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 Honda Accord Sedan:

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

394

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

72 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

765 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

247

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

711 lbs.

819 lbs.

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

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Altima Sedan’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Accord Sedan’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan has more powerful engines than the Accord Sedan:

Torque

Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6

258 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

181 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

182 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6

252 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Altima Sedan is faster than the Honda Accord Sedan (automatics tested):

Altima Sedan 2.5

Altima Sedan 3.5

Accord Sedan

Accord Sedan Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

5.9 sec

7.7 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

14.2 sec

16 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 2.5 gets better highway fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan CVT with its standard engine (27 city/38 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan LX

Accord Sedan Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.1 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the Accord Sedan:

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima Sedan has larger standard tires than the Accord Sedan (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16).

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 Accord Sedan LX’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 Accord Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX-L pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX-L (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan Sport’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Altima Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the Accord Sedan EX-L:

Altima Sedan

Accord Sedan

At idle

38 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

81 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has .9 inches more front headroom and 2.5 inches more front legroom than the Accord Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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

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 Accord Sedan is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because it costs $396 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Altima Sedan than the Accord Sedan, including $9 less for an alternator, $176 less for a starter, $63 less for front struts and $16 less for a power steering pump.

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