Nissan Altima vs Honda Accord

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Can’t decide between the 2020 Nissan Altima and the 2020 Honda Accord? We at Courtesy Nissan are here to help. To give shoppers in Richardson, Garland, Addison, and Plano a better idea of how these two vehicles compare, we’ve put together this detailed comparison.

Read ahead to see how the Altima and the Accord stack up against each other when it comes to performance, interior comfort and features, and safety!

Altima vs Accord: Performance Specs

The 2020 Nissan Altima offers two engines in its powertrain lineup, starting with a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. This engine works alongside the standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) and a front-wheel drivetrain for maximized efficiency.

If power is your priority, you can swap out the Altima’s standard engine for an available high-powered 2.0L variable compression turbo (VC-TURBO™) engine. With this engine, you’ll get an impressive 236 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque while still achieving an efficient EPA-estimated 25 city/34 highway MPG.1

From the outside, the Altima’s VC-TURBO™ engine looks like any other 2.0L turbo engine. However, this engine is one-of-a-kind as well as the world’s first production variable compression turbo engine. It can transform from a powerhouse to a pillar of efficiency in just 1.2 seconds.

Altima vs Accord: Interior & Comfort

Both the 2020 Nissan Altima and the 2020 Honda Accord offer a variety of impressive interior and design features. These sedans offer dual-zone automatic climate systems, 15+ cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, and available leather seating surfaces.

On top of all these features the Altima shares with the Accord, you’ll have plenty of space for all five passengers. This model sports 43.8 spacious inches of front legroom, which is a bit more spacious than that of the Accord, which gives front passengers 42.3 inches of legroom.

Additionally, the Altima also offers standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for convenient communication and connected drives. With the Honda Accord, you’ll have to upgrade a few trim levels before having those features come standard.

Altima vs Accord: Safety Features

No matter where you’re heading, safety is a top priority. Both the 2020 Nissan Altima and the 2020 Honda Accord deliver with an array of advanced active safety features. These models offer many similar systems, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Warning.

However, the Altima goes above and beyond when it comes to safety with the addition of several other advanced safety features. Opt for Intelligent Driver Alertness, which monitors your driving patterns and uses this data to alert you of fatigued driving. If it suspects that you need a break, it’ll warn you with a chime and display icon, so you can pull over for a rest.

2020 Nissan Altima vs 2020 Honda Accord: The Verdict

As you can see, the 2020 Nissan Altima comes out on top in every category. However, this impressive model has much more to offer than just a powerful performance, a spacious interior, and top-notch safety features.

Shoppers around Richardson, Garland, Addison, and Plano don’t have to go far to get a closer look at the 2020 Altima. Give us a call at Courtesy Nissan today to schedule your test drive!


1 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 28 City/39 Highway/32 Combined for Altima® S, SV, SL FWD; 26 City/36 Highway/30 Combined for Altima S, SV, SL AWD; 27 City/37 Highway/31 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum FWD; 25 City/35 Highway/29 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum AWD; 25 City/34 Highway/29 Combined for Altima SR, Platinum, Edition ONE VC-Turbo FWD. Fuel economy estimates based on 87-octane fuel. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.