With sporty models like the Honda Accord, the midsize sedan market has been revitalized. Crossovers may be a great option for families, but now midsize sedans are also providing plenty of space, comfort, technology and fun to do the job well. That's why making the decision on your next car won't always be easy. But, we're here to help by comparing the 2018 Honda Accord vs the 2018 Nissan Altima.
Let's start with the engine under the hood. Both the Accord Touring and Altima SL come with two different engine choices, one being more powerful than the other. When we look at the most powerful options in the lineup, it seems that the Altima may have an edge in horsepower... but the Accord fights back easily with a clear edge in torque. These figures seem to cancel eachother out, but it's always important to keep in mind the old saying that says, "horsepower sells cars but torque wins races." Though you probably don't intend on doing much racing, the torque is often what you will feel when you drive and will go a long way toward providing that sporty driving experience that gets you power when you need it in real-world driving situations.
2018 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T
2018 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL
|252 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque||Engine Specs||270 hp, 251 lb-ft of torque|
|40.4 inches||Rear Seat Legroom||36.1 inches|
|102.7 cubic feet||Overall Passenger Volume||100.5 cubic feet|
|8-inch high-resolution electrostatic touchscreen||Infotainment Screen||7-inch color monitor|
Of course, one of the biggest reasons for driving a midsize sedan instead of a smaller compact car is the interior space. You need a vehicle that is comfortable and spacious, especially if you frequently have rear seat passengers. This is where the Accord shines quite well, as it offers more rear seat legroom than the Altima by over 4 inches. That's quite a difference. Moreover, it provides more overall passenger space inside the vehicle than the Altima. It's also worth mentioning that the Accord doesn't sacrifice cargo space for this superior passenger room either, as it has 16.7 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, whereas the Altima has only 15.4 cubic feet.
We've really only scratched the surface in this comparison, and there is much more to learn. But, as you can see, when comparing the 2018 Honda Accord vs the 2018 Nissan Altima the Accord is one appealing option for a new midsize sedan. Learn more or get behind the wheel by contacting us at Hilton Head Honda.