Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Altima VS 2018 Volvo S60 Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Altima

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2018 Volvo S60

Safety Comparison

Both the Altima 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, crash mitigating brakes, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 is safer than the Volvo S60:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



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 is safer than the Volvo S60:





Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




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 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’s warranty.

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 21 points higher than the S60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima third among midsize cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The S60 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 6 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine Comparison

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




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 stops shorter than the S60:





70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

193 feet

Car and Driver

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 S60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Altima’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the S60 Polestar’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Volvo S60.

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 S60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Altima 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 is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the S60 is rated a Compact.

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

The Altima has .7 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 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 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 (except 2.5 Base) has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Altima owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Altima with a number “1” insurance rate while the S60 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima is less expensive to operate than the S60 because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima than the S60, including $176 less for a water pump, $269 less for an alternator, $47 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 will be $7816 to $19870 less than for the Volvo S60.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Altima, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo S60 isn't recommended.

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

The Nissan Altima outsold the Volvo 60 Series by over 27 to one during the 2017 model year.

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