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2019 Nissan Altima vs. 2019 Honda Accord

John Coyle | March 13, 2020

In this corner, we have the 2019 Honda Accord. It's a mainstay of Honda's lineup, and in recent years, it's become something of an undercover performance car.

Next, we have the fully redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima. Base models got a power bump, along with more standard creature comforts, and all-wheel drive is now available.

Both the Honda and the Nissan are mid-size sedans thriving in the crossover era, meaning they're both solid choices. So let's compare engines, interiors, standard features, and pricing.


Powertrain

Honda offers three options for the Accord. Base models get a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder good for 192 horsepower, or a bigger 2.0-liter turbo four good for 252 horsepower. The smaller engine comes with a CVT, while the 2.0-liter gets traditional ten-speed automatic. In a welcome surprise, opting for the Sport trim means there’s a six-speed manual on the menu. Plus, there’s a hybrid option, which delivers an impressive 48 miles per gallon in combined EPA testing. In comparison, the 1.5-liter delivers up to 33 miles per gallon, while the 2.0-liter tops out at 27 miles per gallon.

Nissan offers a choice of two engines, but there’s no hybrid option. Base models come equipped with a 188-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which earned an EPA-combined rating of 32 miles per gallon. The more powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine is good for 248 horsepower, and delivers 29 miles per gallon in combined driving. Altima’s new all-wheel drive option comes paired with the base engine, and with power at all four corners, still delivers 30 miles per gallon in combined driving. All models use a CVT transmission.

This is a draw. Horsepower and fuel economy figures are similar, so buyers will need to choose whether they want a hybrid, or all-wheel drive.

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Cabin Features

It’s easy to see why the Accord has long been a benchmark in the mid-size sedan segment. Materials have a premium feel, and we particularly like the refined look of the climate controls.The interior is also quite spacious, with rear seats offering over 40 inches of legroom, and the trunk will accommodate nearly 17 cubic-feet of cargo.

The cabin of the Altima is also a nice place to be. The dashboard is sleek and modern, and the redesign has made for excellent visibility. But we think Honda has a slight edge when it comes to material quality, and at 35 inches of rear legroom, the Altiman falls far short of the Accord. With an available 15.4 cubic feet, trunk space is a closer contest, but Altima still doesn’t match the Accord here.

While both vehicles are excellent modern mid-size sedans, we think the roomy cabin, better materials, and larger cargo capacity maker the Accord the winner.

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Infotainment Systems

Infotainment tech is one of the most talked about elements of new vehicles, and both the Accord and the Altima deliver.

Bluetooth and USB connectivity are standard on every Accord, as is a seven-inch display and four-speaker sound system. It’s an adequate setup, but tech-savvy customers will want to upgrade to a package with the eight-inch touch screen, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker system.

In comparison, the Altima comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and six-speaker sound system, along with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation and a nine-speaker Bose audio system are available, but even base models are loaded with handy tech.

Boosting the cabin’s tech was a major focus for Altima’s designers. And by including features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard, Nissan made sure all buyers will get to experience it. So Nissan takes the win here.

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Safety

From a safety standpoint, the Accord comes standard with high-tech features like forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, and lane departure warning, while blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are optional extras.

Automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning are also standard on the Altima, but features like lane departure warning are only available as part of a package that also includes pedestrian detection, a 360-degree camera, and adaptive cruise control.

At this point, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t tested either the 2019 Accord or Altima. That said, the Accord hasn’t changed significantly since last year, when it earned a 5-Star rating. And while previous generations of the Altima also earned a five-star rating, we think Honda’s slight edge regarding standard safety gives it the win here.

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Price and Value

Now, it’s time to talk price. In base LX trim, the Accord starts at $23,720, and comes with the 192-horsepower engine and CVT transmission. But if you’re looking for features like the Apple CarPlay, you’ll need to jump up to the Sport trim, which will up the price to $26,180, but provides the option of a stick shift, and for an additional $4,530, also allows you to upgrade to the 252-horsepower engine. The Touring version starts at $34,990, and includes leather-trimmed seats, a heads up display, and mobile hotspot capability. Hybrid models begin at $25,320.

The Altima base S trim starts at an almost-identical $23,750, and includes the 188-horsepower engine. But it also comes with Nissan’s more robust infotainment system standard, and at $25,100, opting for the SR trim means upgraded safety options, including rear-cross traffic and blind spot warning, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and paddle shifters, while the 2.0-liter turbo engine is a $4,050 option. The top trim is the $35,750 Edition One, which features the more powerful engine, leather seating, the nine-speaker audio system, and a 360-degree camera. AWD S trim models start at $25,250.

Pricing is so close here, we’re going to call this a draw. The packages offer such similar benefits, the battle between the Accord and the Altima won’t be won on price alone.

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2019 Nissan Altima Specs

Layout

4-door FWD Sedan

Engine/Transmission

2.5L 4cyl CT, Gasoline

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

Continuously variable xtronic

Mileage

27/37 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

★ ★ ★ ★


2019 Honda Accord Specs

Layout

Sport 4-door FWD Sedan

Engine/Transmission

1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT, Gasoline

192 hp @ 5500 rpm

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Mileage

29/35 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  


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