2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Honda Accord, Warsaw, IN

2017 Nissan Altima vs Honda Accord
2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Honda Accord
  $22,500 MSRP * $23,155
  27/39 (city/hwy) MPG ** 27/36 (city/hwy)
  45.0 in Front Leg Room 42.5 in
  Standard Keyless Ignition Not Standard

Compare 2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Honda Accord

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Despite a facelift the year before, the Nissan Altima enters the 2017 model year a little long in the tooth. Now in the fifth model year of its fifth production cycle, the Altima faces more competition than ever before. Chief among its rivals is the Honda Accord, which is one of the best-selling and most highly acclaimed midsize sedans in history. And for the 2017 model year, as it closes out its ninth production cycle, the Accord gets a brand-new trim in the Sport Special Edition. Ultimately, though, the 2017 Altima manages to sport a few advantages over its Honda counterpart.

Thanks to varying powertrain configurations, the 2017 Nissan Altima and the 2017 Honda Accord have great peak fuel economy numbers. On the Altima, you can go with the QR25DE, which is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine, to maximize fuel efficiency at 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The Accord has a smaller, 2.4-liter I4 (K24W). While it matches the Altima’s peak city efficiency, it supplies 3 less mpg on the highway.

Over the past few years, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) has steadily risen in popularity. Eschewing the gear-shifting mechanism of traditional transmission, the CVT instead changes seamlessly through a continuous range of gear ratios. Consequently, driving is not only smoother, but it makes the CVT the essential component behind each sedan’s peak fuel economy numbers, since it does not use energy-consuming gear shifting. On the Altima, the CVT is the standard transmission. On the Accord, it’s an option. You’d need to switch it with the 6-speed manual transmission on all the trims save for the top-level EX-L V6, which comes with a 6-speed auto and does not even give you that option.

Introduced in the 2015 model year, the Midnight Edition package, which mainly gives the Nissan Altima a blacked-out sporty appearance, is now a mainstay. Although Honda released a similar Sport Special Edition variant for the 2017 model year, it lacks some of the advanced features that comes with the Altima package. Included on the Midnight Edition are LED headlights with signature LED daytime running lights and a smart key system called Nissan Intelligent Key: features that are absent on the Sport Special Edition. The aforementioned components on the Midnight Edition are in addition to Charcoal Sport cloth seats, 18-inch black painted aluminum-alloy wheels, a black sport spoiler, and black mirror caps.

To give the 2017 Nissan Altima a test drive, rather than the 2017 Honda Accord, come see one of our well-trained and experienced sales experts today. As evidenced by aggregated reviews on Google, DealerRater.com, CarGurus, and Cars.com, we pride ourselves in ensuring that our customers are satisfied by their experience at our dealership. Call us today to set up an appointment with us.

* All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.

** Fuel economy based on Targeted 2017 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2017 Altima. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.