2021 Nissan Altima vs Honda Accord

2021  Nissan Altima

Sedans are perfect for commuters and adventurers alike. The 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2021 Honda Accord are similar with their powerful mechanical lineups, advanced entertainment systems, and class-exclusive safety features. But how can you know which one fits you better?

Our team at Nissan of Mobile has put together this vehicle comparison to help you and other shoppers in Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland, Alabama, answer that question with confidence. Read ahead to get started with an overview of these two capable sedans. Then decide which one is best for you!


2021 Altima vs 2021 Accord Technology

As talented sedans, the 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2021 Accord share a lot of features in common. Both have four doors, room for five people, and standard infotainment centers.

The infotainment centers in both vehicles provide you with a display behind your steering wheel that features practical information like the speed you’re going and how much fuel you have left. They also supply you with a touchscreen in the center of your dashboard that controls your navigation, audio, and smartphone connectivity.

The difference is that you can choose between a 5-inch multi-function information display or the 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display in the Altima. One Driver Information Interface display is available in the Accord, but no size is given.  

As for the touchscreens, the Altima offers both a 7-inch touchscreen and an optional 8-inch NissanConnect® touchscreen, while the Accord only has the 8-inch Display Audio system. That’s one of the Altima benefits—endless choices to let you make the car your own.


Altima vs Accord Space and Amenities

With more than 15 cubic feet of maximum interior cargo room, both are capable of carting your pals around as well as everyone's luggage. You’re ready for a road trip!

You'll experience slightly more passenger room in the Altima with its 43.8 inches of front-seat legroom as compared to the Accord model's 42.3 inches. This allows a little more space to stretch out when driving. Otherwise, many of the measurements within the cabin are comparable.

Both cars give you the option of getting a moonroof. While the Altima offers the power sliding glass moonroof in every trim except the entry level S, the Accord only offers it in the two highest trims.

Leather upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheels can be added to the Altima or the Accord. If you want the matching leather-wrapped shift knob, again, the Altima offers it in every trim except for S. In the Accord, it can only be added to one trim.


Altima vs Accord Trim Levels

2021 Nissan Altima

The Altima offers six different available trim levels: the S, SV, SR, SR VC-Turbo, SL, and Platinum. The Accord offers only five trim levels: the LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition, EX-L, and Touring 2.0T. Having several trim levels allows for plenty of customization options, so the Altima comes out on top once again here.

Performance Specifications

The 2021 Nissan Altima comes standard with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. This engine works closely with a continuously variable transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain. In the SR VC-Turbo, the 2.0L Variable Compression Turbo 4-cylinder engine offers a ton of impressive power. It produces a range of 236-248 horsepower and 267-273 lb-ft of torque for the most power you can get for both vehicles.

The 2021 Honda Accord has the latter configuration in common with the Altima but differs slightly in its engine size. It comes standard with a smaller 1.5L 4-cylinder engine.

One area the Nissan Altima ultimately stands out against the Honda Accord is in drivetrain. The Altima comes with an available all-wheel drive system. Over in the Accord, an all-wheel drive system isn’t even offered, so you’re not going to have as much traction and stability control.


Altima vs Accord: Safety

Both sedans have many impressive safety features in common, including tire pressure monitoring and traction control systems.

Along with these features, both cars provide you with multiple safety features through the standard Safety Shield® 360 in the Altima, starting with the SV trim, and the Honda Sensing® set of systems in the Accord.

If you choose the Nissan, it comes with systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. In the Accord, the Honda Sensing® provides you with similar systems like Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Lane Departure Warning. Leave it to both manufacturers—when it comes to safety, they make it a priority.   

Although there are a few differences between what’s available in both vehicles with some of the systems, the contrast appears in how many trims offer it.

For instance, the Altima gives you the option to add Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to every single trim. On the Accord safety and driver-assist menus, the blind spot information system and Cross Traffic Monitor do appear but as optional for the two highest trims. These two systems work in tandem to ensure that you’re aware of any obstacle in your path.

Intelligent Driver Alertness, a standard system found in the Altima, takes note when you seem to be drifting out of your lane too often. An alert shows up on the available 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® Display that suggests that maybe it’s time to take a break. This helps if you drive late at night and do not even realize that you’re getting drowsy.

If you examine the Accord driver-assist systems, nothing comparable appears in the Honda.


2021 Nissan Altima vs 2021 Honda Accord: The Verdict

We're happy to have provided our customers in Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland with this informative comparison of the 2021 Nissan Altima vs. the 2021 Honda Accord. At the end of the day, though, our team believes drivers will appreciate the Altima model's performance abilities, entertainment features, and advanced safety.

Now that you have a better idea of what you're looking for in your next car, it's time to take it for a test drive. You can set one up by contacting us at Nissan of Mobile today!