It is widely known fact that U.S. mid-size sedan market is as competitive as car market gets and as unforgiving as it can be. Altima and Accord are among largest players in this segment and they deliver steady sales year in, year out. Both 2016 Nissan Altima and 2016 Honda Accord will receive a mid-cycle facelift which should prolong their life for at least couple more years; before they switch generations, that is.
Altima is offered with couple of naturally aspirated engines. Base unit is the 2.5L 4-cylinder with 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, while optional one is 3.5L V6, putting up 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Only one transmission option is offered, though, and it is CVT, sadly. Even CVT offers many benefits we would like also to see manual transmission in this vehicle but for most regular drivers CVT is much better choice.
2016 Honda Accord
Accord is fitted with similar powertrains. Its base one is 2.4L 4-cylinder that makes 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, while optional powertrain is of the same displacement that can be found in Nissan’s mid-size sedan. In other words, it is a 3.5L V6 which delivers 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and is tied to 6-speed automatic transmission. Accord also offers 6-speed manual and CVT gearboxes, and it is worth mentioning that both cars offer coupe and hybrid versions apart from conventional sedans. This allows both to attract larger number of buyers that have the choice of the vehicle that best suits their needs.
2016 Nissan Altima Vs 2016 Honda Accord Comparison
These are currently rather similar models, both in size and in shape. Of course, they have their differences in both front and rear, but overall body language is pretty much the same. Moreover, both models are heading towards a redesign, but even then, don’t expect them to look much different. We could hear many times that there is no need to fix something that isn’t broken and that is the story with 2016 Nissan Altima and 2016 Honda Accord that offer good sale results for their companies.
2016 Nissan Altima Interior
Interiors of these two vehicles are much different, however, even they follow the routine set by the segment itself. This actually means that base models in both 2016 Nissan Altima and 2016 Honda Accord, offer plain and not that high quality plastic cabin with cloth seat upholstery. Top grades, however, offer some wooden accents and premium leather seats; not to mention many other available features as well. Nissan comes with 7-inch touch screen display, but only in higher tiers, while Honda offers its own 8-inch display in most of grades. However, top grades get corresponding dual screens which offer navigation, just as it is the case in Altima. As for the safety features, Nissan’s model offers a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors and lane departure warning systems which pose as model’s advanced options. Accord also gets advanced optional active safety features such as: forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitors.
2016 Honda Accord Interior
Given the fact that models almost share the same powertrains, their respective fuel economy ratings are also similar. The 2016 Nisan Altima is rated at 27/38 mpg or 22/32 mpg with 4-cylinder or V6 respectively. Things with 2016 Honda Accords are a bit more complicated given the choice in transmission, but they are rated at 27/36 mpg or 21/34 mpg (at best) with their respective 4-cylinder and V6 powertrains. Prices are also similar, and as Altima goes for sale for between $22,000 and $32,000, Accord costs between $22,000 and $33,000.
Accord Vs Altima
The 2016 Nissan Altima and 2016 Honda Accord is as similar as they can be. They cost the same, ride the same, have almost the same fuel efficiency and similar features list and they offer almost identical powertrain specs. This time, it comes to transmission. Altima is only offered with CVT gearbox, and if this bothers you, you’ll obviously choose Accord. Otherwise, choice is yours to be made.