Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Altima VS 2019 Acura TLX Near Warner Robins, GA

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2019 Nissan Altima

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2019 Acura TLX

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Altima have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Acura TLX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Altima are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The TLX doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Altima SV/SL/Platinum has standard Rear Automatic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The TLX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Altima’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The TLX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Altima and the TLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Altima’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The TLX 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the TLX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura 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 Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 8 places higher in reliability than Acura.

Engine Comparison

The Altima’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 267) than the TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima gets better fuel mileage than the TLX:

 

 

Altima

TLX

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

28 city/39 hwy

23 city/33 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/37 hwy

23 city/32 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/34 hwy

20 city/31 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/30 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

AWD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

26 city/36 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

Regardless of its engine, the Altima’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Acura only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the TLX SH-AWD.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the TLX (111.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Altima S’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the TLX V6’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Acura TLX.

The front grille of the Altima uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The TLX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Altima has 7.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TLX (100.8 vs. 93.3).

The Altima has 2 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the TLX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima has a much larger trunk than the TLX (15.4 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Altima outsold the Acura TLX by over seven to one during 2017.

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