Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Volkswagen CC Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Altima

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2017 Volkswagen CC

Safety Comparison

The Altima 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 CC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Altima as “Superior.” The CC scores zero, and is rated by the IIHS as having no effective frontal crash prevention.

The Altima SV/SL’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The CC doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Altima SV/SL’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The CC doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Altima and the CC 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, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

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 is safer than the CC:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

3 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

19 cm

27 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.4/0 kN

6.9/.32 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



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 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CC was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Altima comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Nissan will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the CC.

There are over 65 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Altima’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima third among midsize cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The CC isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 9 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine Comparison

The Altima 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 70 more horsepower (270 vs. 200) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 207) than the CC’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Altima 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Volkswagen CC:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima 3.5 V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the CC 2.0T Auto (22 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima stops shorter than the CC:





70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Altima 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 CC doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the CC (109.3 inches vs. 106.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Altima is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CC.

The Altima 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the CC 2.0T Sport pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Altima 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 CC doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Altima 2.5 SV is quieter than the CC 2.0T Sport:




At idle

38 dB

41 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Altima has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CC (101.9 vs. 93.6).

The Altima has 2.6 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CC.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The CC doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the front windows are left down on the Altima 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 CC can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Altima’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the CC’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

On extremely cold Winter days, the Altima’s optional (except S/SR) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The CC doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

With optional voice command, the Altima SV/SL offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The CC doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Altima will be $2568 to $12164 less than for the Volkswagen CC.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Altima and the Volkswagen CC, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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

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