Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Altima VS 2019 Honda Accord Near Dublin, GA

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2020 Nissan Altima

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2019 Honda Accord

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 Honda Accord 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 Accord 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 uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Accord 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 Accord 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 Accord only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 1 place higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Altima 2.4 4-cylinder is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Altima

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.2 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

MPG

Altima

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

Accord

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

Sport/Touring 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Altima’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Altima AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (16 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Altima FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (16.2 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Altima

Accord

Front Rotors

11.65 inches

11.5 inches

The Altima stops much shorter than the Accord:

Altima

Accord

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 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 SR handles at .89 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Platinum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Accord EX (26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima S’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Accord’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Altima SR/SV/SL/Platinum’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Altima Platinum is quieter than the Accord Sport (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima has 1.5 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’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) 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.

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 Accord 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 Accord because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima than the Accord, including $56 less for a water pump, $47 less for a muffler, $202 less for a starter, $146 less for fuel injection, $174 less for a fuel pump, $26 less for front struts and $392 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Altima was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2019. The Accord 2.0T Sport hasn’t been picked since 2018.

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