Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Chevrolet Impala Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 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 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL has standard Front and Rear Sonar Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Impala doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Impala 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 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 Chevrolet Impala:

 

Altima Sedan

Impala

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

23.3%

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

270/69 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

172

412

Neck Injury Risk

35%

36.3%

Neck Stress

113 lbs.

132 lbs.

Neck Compression

62 lbs.

97 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:

 

Altima Sedan

Impala

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

677 lbs.

855 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

315

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 Impala has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Impala was rated third in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 73 more horsepower (270 vs. 197) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 191) than the Impala’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Impala 4 cyl.:

 

Altima Sedan

Impala

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20.5 sec

24.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.2 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Altima Sedan

Impala

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/37 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

n/a

18 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

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 Impala doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the Impala LT 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 Impala’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Altima Sedan SV/SR/SL/3.5’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Impala’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Chevrolet Impala.

The Altima Sedan is 9.4 inches shorter than the Impala, making the Altima Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Impala doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Altima Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the Impala LT (75 vs. 77 dB).

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 26.5 inches, while the Impala’s liftover is 29.4 inches.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Impala ’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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

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 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’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 Impala 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 Impala, including $344 less for a water pump, $205 less for an alternator, $115 less for front brake pads, $38 less for a starter and $262 less for a fuel 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 Impala isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Chevrolet Impala by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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