Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Acura TLX Near Warner Robins, GA

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Acura TLX

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 TLX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the TLX 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the TLX:


Altima Sedan


Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

19 cm

23 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.4/0 kN

1.6/2.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

2.7/0 kN

4.4/5 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Acura TLX:


Altima Sedan



Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Altima Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The TLX was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the TLX’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Altima Sedan’s reliability will be 56% better than the TLX.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The TLX isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 64 more horsepower (270 vs. 206) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 182) than the TLX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Acura TLX 4 cyl.:


Altima Sedan


Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.7 MPH

91.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 2.5 gets better fuel mileage than the TLX FWD Auto 4 cyl. (27 city/39 hwy vs. 24 city/35 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The TLX requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the TLX:


Altima Sedan



60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima Sedan 2.5 SR/3.5’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the TLX (235/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SR/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 TLX V-6’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the TLX V-6 SH-AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the TLX V-6’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Acura TLX.

The front grille of the Altima Sedan 2.5 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The TLX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Altima Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the TLX (38 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Altima Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the TLX is rated a Compact.

The Altima Sedan has 8.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TLX (101.9 vs. 93.3).

The Altima Sedan has 2.8 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the TLX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a much larger trunk than the TLX (15.4 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Altima Sedan easier. The Altima Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the TLX’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

On extremely cold Winter days, the Altima Sedan’s optional (except Base/S/SR) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The TLX 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 “5” insurance rate while the TLX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the TLX because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the TLX, including $303 less for an alternator, $231 less for a starter and $826 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The TLX isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Acura TLX by almost eight to one during the 2016 model year.

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