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2019 Honda Accord

Starting Price: $24,615 | Price yours

Above Average: Hybrid earns almost 50 mpg; sporty model with turbo and 6-speed manual; excellent resale value; advanced safety and driver-assistance features; great trunk space

Below Average: No V6 model or all-wheel drive; push-button gear selector can sometimes be irritating

Consensus: The 2019 Honda Accord leads its class of midsize sedans in nearly every metric. From a Sport model with a feisty turbocharged engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, to a Hybrid that earns 48 mpg, there’s an Accord for every taste. Virtually unchanged for 2019 save the loss of an engine choice on the Touring model, the Accord’s got style, personality, plenty of room for five passengers, ample trunk space, great value, and rock-solid Honda reliability. And when it’s time to sell, the Accord’s resale value is excellent as well. Collectively, this is why the latest Accord is the KBB Midsize Car Best Buy for the second year in a row.
 

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2019 Nissan Altima

Starting Price: $24,645 | Price yours

Above Average: Very sporty; plenty of standard safety features; sharp, aggressive looks, available all-wheel drive

Below Average: No available hybrid model; neither the sportiest nor most luxurious in the segment.

Consensus: In the very competitive midsize sedan segment, it pays to keep up, so for 2019 the Nissan Altima has been redesigned, with a new look, a sportier feel, two new engines, and available all-wheel drive. It has dropped the V6, however, in favor of a feisty 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. The standard 2.5-liter engine provides plenty of power in the city, and is much quieter than its predecessor, and can feel a little strained on hills, but it’s got plenty of power for highway and city driving. Nissan continues to add and refine both its driver-assist and safety features, with the Altima earning 5 out of 5 stars from the National Highway Safety Administration.
 

Similarities

Similar power and torque figures; good looks and sporty handling; 5-star safety ratings and identical warranties; comparable prices

Honda Accord Advantages

Optional hybrid; excellent resale value

Nissan Altima Advantages

Available all-wheel drive; sporty looks; high-performance SR trim

Final Recommendation

The Honda Accord has been at the top of this segment for so long, and a 2018 redesign only helped to refine and improve its character and performance. The Altima itself was redesigned for 2019, adding all-wheel drive and dropping its highest level V6 for a turbocharged 4-cylinder. While the Altima definitely seeks to be the sporty member of the segment, with the top-level SR certainly making a case for itself, Honda has worked hard to improve the Accord’s handling and performance, and there are other sportier cars in the segment, such as the Mazda6. The Accord lacks all-wheel drive, so if you live in a snowy climate, that could tip the scales slightly in Nissan’s favor, but other than that, the Accord does so many things so well and maintains such a high standard of excellence across all metrics, that it remains our choice.
 

  2019 Honda Accord 2019 Nissan Altima
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter I4, turbocharged 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 192 hp @ 5500 rpm 188 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 180 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
Transmission continuously variable continuously variable
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (30 city, 38 hwy) 30 mpg (26 city, 38 hwy)
Also Available 2.0-liter I4, turbocharged; 2.0-liter I4 + AC motor (hybrid), 6-spd manual, 10-speed auto 2.0-liter I4, turbocharged;
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 111.2 inches
Overall Length 192.2 inches 192.9 inches
Width 73.3 inches (w/ mirrors) 72.9 inches
Height 57.1 inches 56.7 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet n/a
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.2 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 36.9 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 44.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 35.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.3 inches 58.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.5 inches 57.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.6 cu. ft. 100.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.7 cu. ft. 15.4 cu. ft.
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