Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Ford Taurus Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Ford Taurus

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 Taurus doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Altima Sedan SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Taurus offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Nissan Altima Sedan SR/SV/SL has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Taurus doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Taurus 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 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 Ford Taurus:

 

Altima Sedan

Taurus

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

31%

Neck Stress

216 lbs.

313 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

68/69 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 Ford Taurus:

 

Altima Sedan

Taurus

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

284

Hip Force

677 lbs.

910 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

HIC

197

376

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

711 lbs.

743 lbs.

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 Taurus has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Taurus 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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Ford Taurus V6:

 

Altima Sedan

Taurus

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.5 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Altima Sedan

Taurus

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/37 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Taurus with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Taurus doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the Taurus Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL goes through Road and Track’s slalom 1.2 MPH faster than the Taurus SHO (66 vs. 64.8 MPH).

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Taurus SEL (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Taurus SHO’s (36.1 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 900 pounds less than the Ford Taurus.

The Altima Sedan is 11 inches shorter than the Taurus, making the Altima Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan Altima Sedan amounts to more than styling. The Altima Sedan offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .265 to .288 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the Taurus (.32 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Altima Sedan get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Altima Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the Taurus SHO:

 

Altima Sedan

Taurus

At idle

38 dB

47 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 1 inch more front headroom and .8 inches more front legroom than the Taurus.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima Sedan’s optional front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Taurus’ passenger windows don’t open or 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 Taurus can only raise 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 Taurus 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 Taurus’ standard 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 Taurus because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Taurus, including $701 less for a water pump, $280 less for an alternator, $9 less for front brake pads, $27 less for a starter, $440 less for a timing belt/chain and $663 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Altima Sedan will be $4959 to $5900 less than for the Ford Taurus.

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 Taurus isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Ford Taurus by almost seven to one during the 2016 model year.

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