The 2017 Honda Accord and Nissan Altima are two comparable midsize sedans in their segment. How do these two goliaths compare when they go tire-to-tire?
Both models offer sleek styling and aerodynamic designs that optimize fuel economy while looking good in motion. The Honda Accord boasts a more modern design with sharper curves and eye-catching lines. The Nissan Altima, while boasting a mainstream design, lacks the eye-catching appeal, and it looks bland next to the Accord.
Upscale materials and ergonomic controls make up the base of both models. Each midsize sedan seats up to five passengers, but the Accord offers 103.2 cubic ft. of passenger spaces compared to the Altima’s 101.9 cubic ft.
Honda has gone above and beyond to make the Accord the most tech-savvy midsize sedan in the industry. An impressive audio system with Pandora makes the list of highlights, as does text-messaging capabilities and a handful of active safety features. Oddly enough, the Altima lacks any form of satellite radio; the base model doesn’t come with a rearview camera.
The 2017 Honda Accord and Nissan Altima both earned a top five-star safety rating from the National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They also earned a spot on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ list.
Despite safety ratings, the Accord offers the high-tech Honda Sensing safety suite on most models. That level of safety costs quite a pretty penny on the Altima.
The Honda Accord boasts a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. The Nissan Altima’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine falls short with just 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
The 2017 Accord Sedan with available Honda Sensing (R) and projector beam halogen headlights has been awarded the coveted 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the insurance institue for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its superious crash safety performance.