Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Altima VS 2019 Chevrolet Impala Near Gray, GA

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2019 Nissan Altima

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2019 Chevrolet Impala

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 Chevrolet Impala 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 Impala 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 Impala doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Altima offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Impala doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Altima Platinum has a standard Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Impala only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

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 Impala doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Altima and the Impala have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Altima’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Impala’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 7 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Altima’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 264) than the Impala’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Altima

Impala

 

FWD

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

28 city/39 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/37 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.5 turbo 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/34 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

n/a

18 city/28 hwy

3.6 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.) Chevrolet only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Impala 4 cyl.

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 Impala doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Altima is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Impala.

For better maneuverability, the Altima S’ turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Impala’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Altima SR/SV/SL/Platinum’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Impala’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Impala.

The Altima is 8.4 inches shorter than the Impala, making the Altima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Impala doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima has .3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Impala.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima SV/SL/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Impala’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Altima the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Impala can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Altima’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Impala’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Altima SV/SL/Platinum detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Impala doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Altima outsold the Chevrolet Impala by over three to one during 2017.

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