2018 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Honda Accord

Red 2018 Nissan Altima on left vs red 2018 Honda Accord on the right

Though interest in crossovers and SUVs has increased over the past decade, there’s no discounting the continued popularity of the midsize sedan. Practical for everyday driving and still roomy enough for a small family, these vehicles are a smart choice for many lifestyles. Even those without families may consider the segment simply for increased leg room. The only question is, which one? Comparing the 2018 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Honda Accord, you’re looking at two eye-catching designs from these popular Japanese automakers.

One of the key reasons these models are often compared is because they are priced similarly within their segment. The 2018 Nissan Altima is a little more affordable to start, but its combined EPA-estimated fuel economy sits at 31 mpg*, compared to 33 in the Honda Accord. Is that two mpg difference going to make or break your buying decision? Probably not.

2018 Nissan Altima


2018 Honda Accord

$23,260 Starting MSRP $23,570
Available Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Available
Standard Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking Standard
Yes Available V6 No

Why select the 2018 Nissan Altima?

When you dig deeper into the specs and features of these two models, you’ll find even more similarities in what they offer. Expected features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on both. You’ll find that each model offers similar standard and available features across the board, leaving little to consider when it comes to options.

Except for trim levels. The 2018 Nissan Altima has a total of seven trims to the 2018 Honda Accord’s five. If you truly believe variety is the spice of life, then you might find yourself drawn to the 2018 Nissan Altima.

This is especially true when it comes to powertrain options. The 2018 Honda Accord has a standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This sounds good, until you realize that it only boasts these figures thanks to a turbocharger. This may make no difference to some shoppers, or it might even be seen as a benefit. For those who opt for the 2018 Nissan Altima, that turbo lag has already proven to be a bit of a drag. One not found with the 179-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

More important than the base engine options is the available 3.5-liter V6 that provides up to 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Still without requiring that turbo. Not sure which model you prefer? Stop by Glendale Nissan to test drive the 2018 Nissan Altima.

*2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Altima®: • 27 city MPG / 38 hwy MPG for 2018 Altima 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL trims • 26 city MPG / 37 hwy MPG for 2018 Altima 2.5 SR trim (including Special Edition) • 22 city MPG / 32 hwy MPG for 2018 Altima 3.5 SL trim Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.