The Accord and Altima have long squared off against one another for midsize market supremacy. And while one might think that it’s competitive, when you take a closer look it’s obvious which four-door sedan is the better choice.
40 Years As America’s Best.
Just ask Car And Driver Magazine, which placed the Accord in its pantheon of “10Best” award winners a record 31 times. It’s also notable that WardsAuto.com crowns the Accord at the “Best-Selling car in America for the past 40 years.” And Kelly Blue Book lauds the Accord as it “2017 Best Midsize Car Buy of the Year.” The Altima? Not even close.
Accord Offers “Acura-Like” Styling.
Honda’s Accord is more Acura-like than ever, with a string of available jewel-like LED headlights, a wide stance, low-slung hood, sweeping coupe-like silhouette, and revamped rear end with integrated rear deck spoiler and large, expressive taillights. Put the Altima next to an Infiniti, however, and you’d be hard pressed to discern that they’re made by the same company.
Accord Features A Spacious, Upscale Interior.
Honda made some significant upgrades to the Accord’s interior, crafting a roomy and comfortable cabin that’s both luxurious and refined, as well as sporty and quiet. While total passenger volume is virtually dead even, the Accord makes better use of the space. The result is more headroom, hip room, legroom, and shoulder room than its rival. TheCarConnection.com notes that the Altima’s interior is “…especially conservative” and “utilitarian,” while praising the Accord for having “more sporty charm and attitude.
Technology An Accord Strong Point.
The Accord also takes the Altima to school in the technology department. The Accord features not one, but two large displays. A 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen is your command center for a wide array of innovative infotainment technologies, including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The Altima counters with its in-house connectivity suite called “NissanConnectsm.” We still haven’t figured out why the Altima has yet to get onto the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto bandwagon.
Accord Offers More Power & Better Handling.
Under the hood, we find that the Accord puts more power to the pavement than the Altima. The Accord’s advanced 2.4-liter, 185-hp i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine, delivering 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. Compare this to the Altima’s base 2.5-liter inline 4 cylinder that gets 182 hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. Step up to the V6 engines in either vehicle, and there’s even more of a separation, with the Accord’s smooth i-VTEC V6 generating an impressive 278 horsepower compared to the Altima’s 270 horses.
It’s just not about horsepower. Just read what TheCarConnection.com’s Deputy Editor, Bengt Halvorson, has to say:
“The V-6 Altima is somehow the least appealing in the lineup; where the V-6 Accord succeeds, there feels like there’s something missing this time around in the V-6 model, which feels heavier and more sluggish in its responses, even if it’s a lot quicker in straight-line acceleration. V-6 versions of the Honda Accord feel refined and responsive, as a flagship model should, and they could just as well carry an Acura badge.”
Accord Features Comprehensive Safety Package.
The 2017 Honda Accord EX for sale near Beavercreek, OH, also features Honda’s groundbreaking Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety features. These include
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Forward-Collision Warning
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane-Keeping Assist
- Road-Departure Mitigation
Accord Beats Altima Handily.
As TheCarConnection.com’s Bengt Halvorson sums up: “In this matchup, there’s a clear winner for us, and that’s the 2017 Honda Accord.”
The Accord is available in several models and trim levels, including the Accord LX, Accord Sport & Sport Special, the Accord EX, and Accord EX-L. You can also choose from the fuel-efficient Accord Hybrid and sleek Accord Coupe.
Test Drive The Accord At Your Miami Valley Honda Dealers Today.
We invite you to visit one of our conveniently located Miami Valley Honda Dealers serving Dayton, Beavercreek, Springfield, Tipp City, and Richmond, Ohio, and take the redesigned and award-winning new 2017 Honda Accord for a test drive. Click here to locate the Miami Valley Honda dealer nearest you.