2020 Honda Accord vs Nissan Altima

Midsize sedan seekers throughout Panama City,Springfield, and Callaway often look for good fuel economy, a spacious interior, and plenty of features. Two vehicles that encompass these characteristics are the 2020 Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. However, which one would better satisfy your driving needs?

To help answer that question, our team at Honda of Bay County created this Honda Accord vs. Nissan Altima comparison. We’ll give you a detailed look at each vehicle to help you make an informed decision. Read all about them below and contact us if you have any questions.

Powerful and Fuel-Efficient Performance

2020 Honda Accord Performance

The 2020 Honda Accord offers two turbocharged engines to power your drive. The standard 1.5L turbocharged engine delivers 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. There’s also the available 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Generating 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the engine adds a little more power and acceleration to your commute.

The Accord is quite fuel-efficient, too! When paired with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) on the LX and EX trims, the vehicle gets up to an EPA-estimated 30 city/38 highway MPG.*

If you want something a little more efficient, the Accord offers a hybrid powertrain, too! The 2-motor hybrid powertrain works alongside an e-CVT to provide up to an EPA-estimated 47 city/48 highway MPG and 212 total system horsepower.**

Performance for the 2020 Nissan Altima, on the other hand, isn’t as powerful. It only gets 188 horsepower with its standard engine and 248 horsepower with its available turbo option. It also doesn’t offer a hybrid powertrain like the Accord does.

Interior Space and Features

The 2020 Honda Accord and Nissan Altima both come with well-equipped interiors with more than enough space to comfortably fit five passengers. However, if you’re in the market for something that has a little more room for those in the back, the Accord may be for you.

Rear-seat passengers in the 2020 Accord can sit back and relax with 37.3 inches of headroom and 40.4 inches of legroom. The Altima only offers 36.9 inches of rear headroom and 35.2 inches of rear legroom.

The Honda Accord also has a 16.7-cubic-foot trunk to fit all your needed items inside. The Nissan Altima, meanwhile, has 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space, so you may not be able to easily fit everything inside the trunk.

In terms of interior features, both vehicles come with an available infotainment system and navigation system for convenience and entertainment for the road ahead. They also offer available heated front seats so you can stay nice and warm during chillier nights.

Furthermore, the Accord comes standard with Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, an innovative system that allows the driver and front-seat passenger to choose their preferred temperature settings. In order to get Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control in the Altima, you need to upgrade to a higher trim level.

Advanced Safety Options

Honda Accord Safety

When it comes to safety, the 2020 Honda Accord comes with Honda Sensing®, a standard suite of intelligent driver-assist technologies. They help you stay more aware on the road to prevent an accident or reduce the severity of a collision.

Some standard Honda Sensing® technologies for the Accord include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ will help apply the brakes if it detects an unavoidable collision with a vehicle in front of you.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System uses corrective steering to get you back to the center of your lane if the system detects you’re steering into another lane without signaling.  
  • Traffic Sign Recognition uses a small camera to recognize speed limit signs and will notify you of them with a visual icon.

The 2020 Nissan Altima offers plenty of driver-assist technologies, too! Unfortunately, most do not come standard for the sedan.

2020 Accord vs 2020 Altima: Verdict

When it comes to the 2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Nissan Altima, the Accord has a more powerful performance and a longer list of features. Plus, its available hybrid powertrain can cater to those seeking a greener ride for their daily commutes.  To help determine if it’s really right for you, though, you’ll need to check it out in person.

If you live near Panama City, Springfield, or Callaway, and want to get behind the wheel of the 2020 Accord, then schedule a test drive at Honda of Bay County today!

*30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX and EX-L 1.5T trims. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T CVT trim. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T 6MT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 2.0T trim. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**48 city/47 highway/48 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.