Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Volvo S60 Near Macon, GA

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Volvo S60

Safety Comparison

Both the Altima Sedan and the S60 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, 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 Volvo S60:

 

Altima Sedan

S60

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

24%

Neck Stress

216 lbs.

268 lbs.

Neck Compression

59 lbs.

61 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

134/177 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, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Volvo S60:

 

Altima Sedan

S60

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

233

410

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

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Altima Sedan 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The S60 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the S60 T5:

 

Altima Sedan

S60

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.5 MPH

90.5 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the S60:

 

Altima Sedan

S60

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

193 feet

Car and Driver

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 S60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the S60 T5’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The Altima Sedan SV/SR/SL/3.5’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the S60 T6’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo S60.

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 S60 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 S60 T5 Drive-E Inscription (38 vs. 41 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 S60 is rated a Compact.

The Altima Sedan has 8.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 (101.9 vs. 93).

The Altima Sedan has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima Sedan has a much larger trunk than the S60 (15.4 vs. 12 cubic feet).

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 S60 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the S60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the S60, including $172 less for a water pump, $270 less for an alternator, $48 less for front brake pads, $77 less for a starter and $352 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Altima Sedan will be $4776 to $4869 less than for the Volvo S60.

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 S60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Nissan Altima Sedan outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over ten to one during the 2016 model year.

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