Honda Accord Vs Nissan Altima

By Justin Cupler | April 2nd, 2019

Midsize sedans offer much more than just space for the family and a comfortable ride. Today, they also have surprising efficiency and sporty performance. Two sedans that tick both boxes are the 2019 Honda Accord and 2019 Nissan Altima. Which one is better for our Rochester area shoppers? Find out below.

Exterior

The Honda Accord went through a transformation in 2018 that that brought in a more premium look. With this redesign, the 2019 Accord has more mature feel to it with its more flat-nosed front end, a wide chrome strip on the front, and an almost coupe-like swoop to the roofline without impeding on rear-seat headroom.

The 2019 Nissan Altima is an all-new sedan with a lower, longer, and wider body than before. This gives it a sleeker and sportier look with its lower and longer hood and swoopier rear glass. Sure, this may not be the most advanced look in the segment, but it is refreshingly sporty, especially when compared to the Accord.

In terms of size, the Accord is shorter from tip to tail, but it is 0.3 inches wider and 0.3 inches taller.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Accord 2019 Nissan Altima Difference
Length 192.2 inches 192.9 inches -0.7 inches
Width 73.3 inches 72.9 inches +0.4 inches
Height 57.1 inches 56.8 inches +0.3 inches
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 111.2 inches +0.2 inches
Ground Clearance
Curb weight 3,131 to 3,428 pounds 3,212 to 3,436 pounds -81 to -8 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Refined appearance
  • Feels like a more upscale vehicle

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Altima

  • Sporty looks
  • Limited-run Edition One model

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Honda Accord is typical for its class, but it features a more upscale and detailed cabin than some of its competition. Areas where the 2019 Accord stands out include its wider climate-control area, floating infotainment screen, and horizontally oriented air vents, which all visually widen the dash. The Honda Accord also boasts tons of premium features, including leather upholstery, wood trim, a 450-watt audio system, a high-resolution touchscreen, and more.

The 2019 Nissan Altima’s cabin takes on a sportier look with its flat-bottom steering wheel and bolstered seats, but it is not so sporty it turns off more reserved buyers. Like the Accord, the 2019 Altima’s cabin is well-equipped, even in its base trim. Its standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power driver’s seat, and more.

In terms of interior space, the 2019 Accord wins almost every battle, as the Altima has an advantage in front legroom and rear shoulder room only. The Accord really takes the cake in rear legroom with a 5.2-inch advantage over the Altima.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Accord 2019 Nissan Altima Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 39.2 inches +0.3 inches
Front legroom 42.3 inches 43.8 inches -1.5 inches
Front shoulder room 58.3 inches 58.2 inches +0.1 inches
Front hip room 55.3 inches
Rear headroom 37.3 inches 36.9 inches +0.4 inches
Rear legroom 40.4 inches 35.2 inches +5.2 inches
Rear shoulder room 56.5 inches 57.1 inches -0.6 inches
Rear hip room 55 inches
Luggage capacity 16.7 cubic feet 15.4 cubic feet +1.3 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Huge rear legroom advantage
  • Significant trunk space advantage

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Altima

  • A touch of sportiness inside
  • Big-time front legroom advantage

Performance

It’s becoming a trend in the midsize sedan segments for theses four-door rigs to have a fuel-efficient base engine and a wilder optional powerplant. The 2019 Accord and 2019 Altima are no exceptions. Nether vehicle is overly quick in its base format, but things get livelier with their optional powerplants.

The Accord’s optional 2.0-liter engine delivers 252 horsepower and launches it to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. The Altima’s optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 248 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This sprints the Altima to 0 mph in a respectable 6.1 seconds.

In the corners, the 2019 Honda Accord is respectable, especially in its more performance-oriented Sport trim. The Altima is also comfortable in the corners, especially in its sport-tuned SR model.

 

2019 Honda Accord 2019 Nissan Altima Difference
Engine 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 192 hp at 5,500 rpm 188 hp at 6,000 rpm +4 hp
Torque 192 lb-ft at 1,600 to 5,000 180 lb-ft at 3,600 rpm +12 lb-ft
Standard transmission CVT CVT
Optional transmission 6-speed manual (Sport)
Driveline FWD FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 7.3 seconds 7.4 seconds -0.1 second
MPG City 22 to 30 mpg* 25 to 28 mpg -3 to +2 mpg
MPG Highway 32 to 38 mpg* 36 to 39 mpg -4 to 0 mpg
MPG Combined 26 to 33 mpg* 30 to 32 mpg -4 to +1 mpg
Optional engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 252 hp at 6,500 rpm 248 hp at 5,600 rpm +2 hp
Torque 273 lb-ft at 1,500 to 4,000 rpm 280 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm -13 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-speed manual (Sport) CVT
Optional transmission 10-speed automatic
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 5.5 seconds 6.1 seconds -0.6 seconds
MPG City 22 to 23 mpg* 25 mpg -3 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway 32 to 34 mpg* 34 mpg -2 to 0 mpg
MPG Combined 26 to 27 mpg* 29 mpg -3 to -2 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Advanced 10-speed transmission
  • Available manual transmission

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Altima

  • More fuel-efficient optional engine
  • Sporty SR trim

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda Accord lineup features five trim levels — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and pricing ranges from $23,720 to $34,990.

 

There are eight trims in the 2019 Nissan Altima lineup: S, SR, SV, SR VC-Turbo, SL, Platinum, Platinum VC-Turbo, and Edition One VC-Turbo. Their starting prices range from $23,900  to $35,750.

2019 Honda Accord Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $23,720**

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake
  • Eco Assist System
  • Hill-start assist
  • Active noise cancellation
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • LED brake lights and LED taillight bars
  • LED low-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows with auto-up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Push-button ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Center console with armrest
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Map lights
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Floor mats
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Four-speaker 160-watt audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora radio
  • Front 1-amp USB port
  • Body-color door handles
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

Sport: $26,180**

  • All LX features, plus
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Larger front disc brakes
  • 19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with black Inserts
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • LED fog lights
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Power moonroof
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Sport pedals
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text message function
  • One front 2.5-amp USB port
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system with high-resolution screen
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM

 

EX: $27,620**

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote ignition
  • 17-inch machine-finish wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Heated, body-color mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Active grille shutter (1.5T only)
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Driver-side seatback pocket
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text messaging
  • Two 2.5-amp USB ports (center console and front console)
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system with high-resolution screen
  • Honda Link
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Blind-spot monitoring

 

EX-L: $30,120**

  • All EX features, plus
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • Courtesy lighting
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel
  • HondaLink remote system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two-position seat memory
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • 10-speaker, 450-watt audio system with subwoofer

 

Touring: $35,950**

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Head-up display
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Auto-on/off LED headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reverse-gear tilt-down side-view mirrors
  • Door pull ambient lighting
  • Rear outboard heated seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • HondaLink subscription service
  • Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wireless phone charger

2019 Nissan Altima Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $23,900

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Active ride control
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Active grille shutters
  • Auto-on/off projector-beam halogen headlights
  • Power mirrors
  • Chrome V-motion grille
  • Chrome door handles
  • Body-color outside mirrors
  • Body-color rear diffuser
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows with one-touch driver’s up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Rear door alert
  • Nissan Intelligent Key with keyless ignition
  • Remote engine start
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Variable-intermittent, speed-sensitive windshield wipers
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Matte chrome interior trim
  • Advanced Drive Assist display
  • NissanConnect infotainment system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Hands-free text messaging
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Two USB ports and two USB-C ports
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Intelligent forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Intelligent trace control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Driver awareness monitor

 

SR: $25,250

  • All S features, plus
  • Paddle shifters with manual mode
  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • LED headlights with signature
  • Dark-chrome V-motion grille
  • Body-color door handles
  • Black outside mirrors
  • Charcoal rear diffuser
  • Dual chrome exhaust finisher
  • Sport cloth seat trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Carbon-fiber-look trim

 

SV: $28,080

  • All S features, plus
  • Electronic parking brake
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • LED headlights with signature
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals
  • Power moonroof
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear climate-control vents
  • Passenger-side one-touch up/down glass
  • Remote ignition with Intelligent Climate Control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic brake hold
  • High-beam assist

 

SR VC-Turbo: $29,300

  • All SR features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Electronic parking brake

 

SL: $29,990

  • All SV features, plus
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • Wood-tone trim
  • Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
  • NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM
  • Nissan voice recognition
  • Bose nine-speaker audio system
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Traffic-sign recognition

 

Platinum: $31,930

  • All SL features, plus
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Interior accent lighting
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • 360-degree camera

 

Platinum VC-Turbo: $34,930

  • All Platinum features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine

 

Edition One VC-Turbo: $35,750

  • All Platinum VC-Turbo features, plus
  • 19-inch dark-gray aluminum wheels
  • Exterior ground lighting
  • Rear spoiler
  • Illuminated kick plates
  • Edition One floor mats
  • Carpeted trunk mat
  • Hideaway trunk net
  • Nissan Concierge service

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is great for a buyer who wants a car that does everything well but is not perfect at any one thing. It is quick, but not the fastest. It is roomy, but not massive. And it is stylish but still reserved.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Altima?

With its sporty looks and limited rear seat room, the 2019 Nissan Altima is best suited for a young buyer who wants a sedan for occasional back-seat riders but refuses to sacrifice performance and style to get it.

 

You can handle your daily commute to Rochester in the stylish, efficient, and shockingly quick 2019 Honda Accord. Swing over to Garber Honda today to test drive the 2019 Honda Accord and see what is can offer you, our Henrietta or Pittsford area car buyers. Can’t make it to our Rochester area showroom today? Check out our online inventory to see what Accord models we have in stock and schedule a test drive for later.

 

*30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX and EX-L 1.5T trims. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T CVT trim. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T 6MT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 2.0T trim. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.