Hartford Honda Dealers Compare – 2018 Accord vs. 2018 Altima

Hartford Honda Dealers Compare The
2018 Honda Accord vs. 2018 Nissan Altima

The Honda Accord has long been a favorite midsize family sedan at dealerships like the Hartford area Honda dealer in New Britain. This year’s Accord should keep the model firmly grounded in its bestseller status. The 2018 Honda Accord gets a redesign that sees it with styling reminiscent of a European luxury car. Inside, you’ll find a sophisticated and attractive cabin. The 2018 Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan that competes with the Accord. We’ll look at these two vehicles head to head to see how the Altima fares against the Accord.

The 2018 Honda Accord is powered by a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Sport, EX-L and Touring trims can upgrade to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out an impressive 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. torque, attached to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Sport trim can be ordered at a dealer like the Honda dealer serving Hartford with a six-speed manual gearbox at no extra charge. Compare this with the 2018 Nissan Altima, which comes with just one engine and one transmission, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that’s only good for 179 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a CVT.

Fuel Economy
The 2018 Honda Accord gets excellent fuel economy, with EPA-estimated ratings of 33 mpg combined (30 mpg city/38 mpg highway).* The 2018 Nissan Altima doesn’t quite measure up, with EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg combined (27 mpg city/39 mpg highway).


The Accord provides engaging handling and a smooth ride. Cornering is effortless, and the precise steering gives the Accord a sporty feel. While the Altima’s handling is serviceable for everyday commuting, it’s not a car that could be called dynamic or fun to drive.

Interior Space
Ample cabin space will keep the driver and passengers comfortable, while sufficient cargo space allows you to carry your gear from place to place. The Honda Accord provides more of both, with 105.6 cubic feet available for passengers and 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space. By comparison, the Nissan Altima only has 101.9 cubic feet for passengers and 15.5 cubic feet for cargo.

While both the 2018 Hondas Accord and the 2018 Honda Accord received five-out-of-five stars in overall crash testing from the NHTSA, the Accord scored five stars in the frontal crash, side barrier, rollover and side crash tests. The 2018 Nissan Altima only received four stars in side barrier tests, as well as four stars in rollover tests.

Standard Safety Features
The Honda Accord comes with standard safety features like traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control. You’ll have to pay more for in the Altima.

Infotainment Features
The Accord’s infotainment system features a 7-inch touchscreen. Altima owners who want a larger 7-inch touchscreen will have to pay extra, as it’s only available as an option.

Wrapping Up
When you examine the features of each of these midsize sedans, you can only come to one conclusion. The 2018 Honda Accord is the clear winner of this head to head matchup.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.