Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Buick Regal Near Gray, GA

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Buick Regal

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 Regal doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Regal 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.

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 Buick Regal:

 

Altima Sedan

Regal

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

31%

Neck Stress

216 lbs.

254 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

134/32 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

442

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

113 lbs.

165 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 Buick Regal:

 

Altima Sedan

Regal

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

378

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

65 G’s

Hip Force

677 lbs.

846 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

370

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

48 G’s

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 Regal has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Altima Sedan has a standard 550-amp battery. The Regal’s 512-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 172) than the Regal’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Altima Sedan 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 11 more horsepower (270 vs. 259) than the Regal Turbo/GS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Regal Turbo/GS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Altima Sedan

Regal

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.5 MPH

91.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Regal FWD:

 

 

Altima Sedan

Regal

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/37 hwy

19 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Regal Turbo/GS 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 Regal:

 

Altima Sedan

Regal

 

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

131 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Regal doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima Sedan’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Regal (109.3 inches vs. 107.8 inches).

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL handles at .87 G’s, while the Regal Turbo pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL goes through Road and Track’s slalom faster than the Regal Turbo (66 vs. 65.4 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Regal’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Altima Sedan SV/SR/SL/3.5’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Regal’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Buick Regal.

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 Regal doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Regal (101.9 vs. 96.8).

The Altima Sedan has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Regal.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Regal (15.4 vs. 14.2 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 Regal’s liftover is 30 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Altima offers cargo security. The Regal’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 Regal doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Regal because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Regal, including $344 less for a water pump, $657 less for an alternator, $134 less for front brake pads, $2 less for fuel injection, $433 less for front struts and $363 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 Regal isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Buick Regal by over fifteen to one during the 2016 model year.

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