2015 Nissan Altima vs. 2015 Honda Accord

2015 Nissan Altima Front

2015 Nissan Altima
2015 Honda Accord Sedan

2015 Honda Accord

If you think that the 2015 Nissan Altima is a great vehicle for a great price, you might be right. After all, the Altima does offer impressive fuel economy, lots of standard features, and it’s been widely praised by the automotive press. The only thing is that it can’t really compete with the 2015 Honda Accord when it comes to value, performance, or feature content. If you’ve been thinking about the Altima here in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area, then you will probably do better to choose the Honda Accord. Continue reading to find out why!

Efficiency and Performance

Both of these vehicles offer impressive fuel economy. In fact, they both offer 31 mpg combined based on EPA estimates in the most efficient variations – that’s with front-wheel drive, a four-cylinder engine, and a continuously variable transmission*. However, the 2015 Honda Accord simply makes more power than the 2015 Nissan Altima in that same trim level: the 2.4L direct injection four-cylinder in the Accord makes 185 hp while the older sequential fuel injected 2.5L four in the Altima only makes 182 hp.

Look at the available upgrade options and you’ll find a similar result. The 3.5L V6 available in the Honda is good for 278 hp while the V6 in the Altima is only good for 270 hp. The V6 Accord is also capable of up to 21 mpg city/34 mpg highway/26 mpg combined, while the V6 Altima is only capable of 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway/26 mpg combined*.


The 2015 Honda Accord scores better than the 2015 Nissan Altima in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing when it comes to the small front overlap crash test and the front crash prevention test. In fact, the Altima isn’t available with any front crash prevention, while the Accord can be had with a forward collision warning system that can help you avoid crashes before they even happen.

Here’s a comprehensive rundown of some main differences between the two competitors:

2015 Honda Accord 2015 Nissan Altima
Accord V6 Highway MPG: 34 Altima V6 Highway MPG: 32
Accord IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash Test: Good Altima IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash Test: Acceptable
Accord Horsepower: 185 hp (four-cylinder) or 278 hp (V6) Altima Horsepower: 180 hp (four-cylinder) or 270 hp (V6)
Forward Collision Warning Optional No Front Crash Prevention Available

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake

Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake is a leading Elgin area Honda dealership, and you can find the latest Honda Accord here at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave., in Crystal Lake, IL. We think that the Accord is simply a better choice than the Altima, and we’re willing to let you test drive the Accord to see for yourself!