Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Altima VS 2018 Honda Accord Near Dublin, GA

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2018 Nissan Altima

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2018 Honda Accord

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 Accord doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Altima and the Accord 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Altima’s reliability 12 points higher than the Accord.

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Altima 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 18 more horsepower (270 vs. 252) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Altima 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.5 sec

12.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Altima has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (18 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Altima’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord:




Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.1 inches

The Altima stops much shorter than the Accord:





60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 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 Accord doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima 2.5 SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord EX (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Accord’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Altima’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/Sport 2.0T/EX-L 2.0T/Touring 2.0T’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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




At idle

38 dB

41 dB


75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima has .5 inches more front headroom and 2.7 inches more front legroom than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Altima and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Altima offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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