The 2019 Honda Accord and the newly redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima are battling to be the top midsize sedan. The new sedans are safe, roomy, and fun to drive, but one may have more to offer than the other.

For example, the Honda and the Nissan offer value and practicality, but the Accord has some features and specs that can't be found in the Altima. If you're deciding between the two vehicles, we've created a side-by-side comparison to make your decision easier.

Passenger Space and Cargo Capacity

Due to the amount of passenger room and cargo room, the EPA classifies the Honda Accord as a large car, whereas the Nissan Altima is classified as a mid-size car. The Accord boasts of 105.6 cubic feet for its passenger volume. The Altima has 4.8 cubic feet less of passenger volume at 100.8 cubic feet. In measuring front head room, front hip room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear leg room, and rear hip room, the Honda exceeds the Altima in every size category.


The Honda Accord's trunk also surpasses the Nissan Altima in size. The Accord's trunk measures 16.7 cubic feet compared to the Nissan's 15.4 cubic feet. In addition to being large, the Accord's trunk has heightened security measures like a valet lock, locking rear seatbacks, and a remote trunk release lockout. The Altima has non-lockable folding seats which puts valuable cargo at risk.

Safety and Technology

Both cars are equipped with safety features and technology to enhance the overall experience. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 and ProPILOT Assist are available with the Altima, but aren't necessarily standard. These features combine several safety technologies including lane-departure warnings, emergency braking, high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, and more.


Similarly, Honda Sensing is available on each Accord. The feature fuses together safety technologies like lane assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, traffic sign recognition, and collision mitigation braking.

Tires and Wheels

The larger standard tires (225/50R17) that come with the Honda Accord provide for better traction than the Altima's smaller tires (215/60R16).


 On top of having better traction, the Accord's tires' lower 50 series profiles afford a stiffer sidewall than the Altima's 60 series tires. In turn, the Accord has better handling.

Performance Specs

The Honda Accord has 3 engine options, while the Nissan Altima only has 2 options. The Accord's base model has 1.5L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 192 horsepower.


Honda's other options are 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged or 2.0L hybrid inline 4-clyinder engine. The Altima's options are 2.5L inline 4-cylinder or 2.0L VC-Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine. Nissan doesn't offer a hybrid option. The base motors are similar, but Honda has slightly better performance

Suspension and Handling

Accord drivers enjoy a driver-adjustable suspension system. With this system, the driver can choose between a supple ride or a sport setting. The supple ride reduces energy expenditure on long drives while the sport setting gives the driver maximum control for windy, rugged roads. The Altima doesn't have adjustable shock absorbers, so drivers don't have the same suspension options as the Accord.


To prevent the car from drifting, the Honda Accord offers drift compensation steering to help the vehicle stay straight. The Nissan Altima doesn't come equipped with the drift compensation steering.

Cap-less Fueling System

Unlike the Nissan Altima, the Honda Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The system makes the process of getting gas so much easier and cleaner.


When the fuel nozzle is inserted, the fuel filler automatically opens. When the fuel nozzle is removed, the fuel filler automatically closes. The cap-less fueling system also reduces fuel evaporation, thus lessening pollution.

MSRP and Long-Term Costs

The 2019 Honda Accord and the 2019 Nissan Altima are almost identical in price. The 2019 Honda Accord starts at $24,615 and the 2019 Nissan Altima starts at $24,645. Although there's not a steep price difference upfront, Accord drivers save more money in the long run.


According to The Complete Car Cost Guide, insurance is cheaper for Accord owners. The guide estimates that Accord owners will save over $800 in insurance over a 5-year period compared to Altima owners. Ownerships costs over a 5-year period will also be considerably less. IntelliChoice considers insurance, financing, depreciation in value, fuel, repairs, and maintenance. It's estimated that Accord owners will spend between $3,438 and $3,612 less than Altima owners.

If for some reason Honda drivers are looking to resell their Accord, they will enjoy its superior resale value. Per IntelliChoice, after 5 years, the Honda Accord retains 43.72% of 52.72% of its original value. Unfortunately, after 5 years, the Nissan Altima retains just 35.93% to 40.44% of its original price.




The Clear Decision

The Honda Accord has received a recommendation from Consumer Reports due to its performance, safety, and reliability. Consumer Reports isn't the only institution praising the Accord. For 22 of the last 24 years, Car and Driver as named the Accord in its "Top Ten." Last year, the Accord was named North American Car of the Year at the North America International Auto Show.

The Accord has a history of being a quality, affordable midsize sedan. To take a look for yourself, pay Indy Honda a visit. Indy Honda is located at 8455 U.S. 31 S. in Indianapolis. With Honda Accord's consistent history, the 2019 Honda Accord will likely maintain its position as one of the top midsized sedans over the 2019 Nissan Altima.