2022 Nissan Altima Vs. 2022 Honda Accord

July 28th, 2022 by

When you’re looking for an affordable, roomy family sedan, you might end up stuck between the midsize Altima and full-size Accord. Side by side, they can appear rather similar. The Honda Accord has a higher starting price, but it might take some closer looks to find out which is the better value for money. Let’s compare key aspects of the 2022 Altima versus the 2022 Accord.

Altima vs. Accord: Interior

The 2022 Nissan Altima and 2022 Honda Accord are both five-seat sedans. Despite the Altima being classed as a smaller type of car than the Accord, it has nearly the same cargo space at 15.9 cubic feet. The front hip room, shoulder room, leg room, and overall passenger volume are all very similar.

Either vehicle will provide a roomy interior, but the Accord is attuned a little bit toward luxury materials. If you’d prefer to save money on something a little more practical, the 2022 Altima is a great pick, and you can affordably upgrade most models from cloth to leather seating. The Accord is leather at base, but you might save more finding a leather-seat 2022 Altima.

Altima vs. Accord: Engine

The starting engine on the 2022 Honda Accord gets 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Nissan Altima is very close to those ratings at 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Their fuel economy ratings are also similar, with 32 combined mpg on the Altima and 33 on the Accord. The Accord has a slightly higher fuel economy with city driving, while the Altima has better highway fuel economy.

In terms of performance, the Altima and Accord both have a sharp turn radius, plenty of power, and a composed ride. Considering that the Altima costs less, you’ll have more room to upgrade to higher trim levels, like the VC-Turbo with 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane fuel. The Altima also has a larger fuel tank on standard trim levels: 16.2 versus 12.8 gallons.

Altima vs. Accord: Exterior

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Neither the Altima nor the Accord were updated very much for 2022 on the outside, but that’s no problem. Both look excellent and have a broad-faced, but approachable front fascia. From the side, the Nissan model is more firmly sculpted, more angular, and has an upswept, perky, level shape. By contrast, the Honda is a bit more smooth and sweeping. Wheel sizes vary depending on the model and your choice, with both going as high as 19-inch diameter.

Each trim level has subtle adjustments to the Altima or Accord. Both cars also offer special editions with a unique motif or twist. Nissan has the dark Altima SR Midnight Edition and the elite Altima SR Platinum, while Honda has the 2022 Accord Sport in an available navy color tone and blacked-out body elements.

Both models come in five color options on most standard trim levels. One notable difference is that Honda has a red color option while the Altima has a blue tone, but all of the Altima’s colors are free, while several get marked up as options with the Accord. Overall, both models look great, but customizing or finding the perfect sedan for your taste might be easier with the 2022 Nissan Altima.

Altima vs. Accord: Features

There’s no doubt that both of these cars are convenient, featuring audio and cruise control buttons on the tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and rear-camera views for the infotainment screens. Both touch screens are even the same size of eight inches, and both have their own highly rated infotainment systems, although some critics prefer NissanConnect and find it more user-friendly than HondaLink.

In general, the Accord includes more premium materials on some cabin surfaces, but not everyone wants to pay thousands of dollars extra for a minor difference. Here are a few other feature categories where these two cars differ:

Comfort Features

While starting Accord LX models only have four audio speakers, the Altima has six, plus an auxiliary audio input and USB port standard. Both have a one-touch power driver’s window, heated side mirrors, and remote keyless entry across the board. Many versions of both vehicles have these features or fancier replacements as standard equipment. It’s a tight competition — you can find versions of either car that have a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control.

Safety Features

Every version of the 2022 Nissan Altima comes with a pre-collision safety system and the latest air bag advancements, such as dual front and dual rear side-mounted air bags. Meanwhile, the starting 2022 Accord LX has front and rear head air bags and dual front side-mounted air bags, but no dual rear side protection like on the Nissan model.

At standard, both sedans come with emergency braking assist. This feature judges when the brake pedal is being pushed to stop urgently, and assists with pushing it to the floor. However, the Altima also comes with emergency braking preparation which uses the same sensors in the adaptive cruise control system. The 2022 Altima anticipates an emergency stop during adaptive cruising and automatically triggers the ABS pump. This pre-fills the brakes to stop, without actually forcing a stop or waiting for you to try to stop.

Should You Get a 2022 Altima or 2022 Accord?

These vehicles belong in different classes, but their design isn’t overly different. The Accord is a versatile, fun-to-drive car with many appealing options. That said, if you’re after value for money, the Altima starts lower, which means whatever budget you’ve got available to spend on an Accord might get you an even fancier Altima. It’s also important to pick the right dealership when buying a 2022 Altima or other new Nissan vehicles.

Overall, the Honda Accord is a quality full-size car, but the Altima is so much more than a midsize equivalent. You’ll save money and still get just as enjoyable an experience out of the Altima, so why not test drive one soon? Get a new Nissan Altima from Nucar Nissan of North Attleboro and save even more on your next new car, all with expert, straightforward service. You can browse current new Nissan specials and view the best Altima deals available right now.

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