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2018 Honda Accord

Starting Price: $24,460 | Price yours

Above Average: Driving refinement, cutting-edge tech, reliability resale value

Below Average: Not much

Consensus: The most advanced, most recommendable midsize sedan in the country

 

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2018 Nissan Altima

Starting Price: $24,145 | Price yours

Above Average: Sporty attitude, attractive interior, seat comfort

Below Average: Infotainment, powertrain, steering feel

Consensus: The Altima is recommendable and worth a look, just make sure to also look at some others

 

While the Honda Accord handily outsells the Nissan Altima, there is much to like from both cars. The Accord offers a newer design with fuel-efficient turbocharged and hybrid powertrains, whereas the Altima still offers the choice of V6 power and its NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats are some of the most comfortable in this class. Both cars offer the latest in collision avoidance and driver assist technology, although the Accord offers more of these features as part of its standard equipment. And whereas the Altima’s reputation for reliability and resale isn’t a shabby one, the Accord clearly has the upper hand here, earning numerous awards including KBB’s Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018 and Overall Best Buy of 2018.

Honda Accord Advantages

Easy-to-use tech, refined upscale interior, driving satisfaction, high-mileage hybrid

Nissan Altima Advantages

Available V6 engine, sporty SR trim, comfortable Zero Gravity front seats, Active Understeer Control improves handling, available Bose sound system

Final Recommendation

If you’re seeking a roomy, comfortable and dependable midsize sedan with the best fuel economy, best resale and latest driver safety features as standard, the Honda Accord stands out above all others. However, the Altima offers a level of luxury and sportiness uncommon in most family sedans. From its optional V6 to its sophisticated suspension to its superb Bose audio, the Altima may be more appealing to those looking for a more individual ride. 

  2018 Honda Accord 2018 Nissan Altima
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 192 hp @ 5,500 rpm 179 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 177 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (30 city/38 hwy) 31 mpg (27 city/38 hwy)
Also Available 2.0L turbo I4, hybrid 3.5L V6
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 109.3 inches
Overall Length 192.2 inches 191.9 inches
Width 73.3 inches 72.0 inches
Height 57.1 inches 57.8 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.0 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 45.0  inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 36.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.3 inches 56.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.5 inches 56.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.6 cu. ft. 101.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.7 cu. ft. 15.4 cu. ft.
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