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Compare the2022 Nissan AltimaVS 2022 Honda Accord

2022 Nissan Altima
2022 Honda Accord

Safety

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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.

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, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems 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 Honda Accord:

Altima

Accord

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

171

261

Leg Forces (l/r)

114/342 lbs.

231/338 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Altima is safer than the Honda Accord:

Altima

Accord

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

185

386

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

62 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

157

242

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima first among midsize cars in their 2021 Initial Quality Study. The Accord isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 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 fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 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 21st in reliability. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 27th.

Engine

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

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

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

MPG

Altima

FWD

S 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/39 hwy

SV/SL/SR 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/37 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

AWD

SV/SL 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

26 city/36 hwy

SR/Platinum 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/35 hwy

Accord

FWD

Touring 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Regardless of its engine, the Altima’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. Honda only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Accord 1.5T.

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

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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

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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

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The Altima SR handles at .90 G’s, while the Accord 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 (26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima S’ turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Accord LX/EX-L’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The Altima SR/SV/SL/Platinum’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Accord 2.0T’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Altima is 3.2 inches shorter than the Accord, making the Altima easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

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

Cargo Capacity

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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

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On extremely cold winter days, the Altima SL/Platinum’s standard 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

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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 $57 less for a water pump, $47 less for a muffler, $203 less for a starter, $147 less for fuel injection, $176 less for a fuel pump, $26 less for front struts and $396 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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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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