Sedan Comparison: The Nissan Altima vs. the Honda Accord

nissan altima comparison

The Nissan Altima is the top-selling Nissan model and certainly is our top-selling car here at Tischer Auto. But do a Google search comparing any two sedan-sized models, and you’ll see the Nissan Altima and Honda Accord are stiff competitors. Both offer a variety of features that modern drivers both want and appreciate. For these two models, it comes down to the nitty gritty—the little details—in order to determine which one is right for you. So let’s look a little closer at the 2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S and the 2014 Honda Accord LX (CVT)—some of the more base trims that tend to be more affordable—and see what our comparison reveals about these two competitors.

The Similarities

If you look at this comparison chart from the Nissan USA website, you can see that the Altima and Accord have many similarities such as:

  • 4-door/5-seat capacity
  • Power remote driver and passenger mirrors
  • Halogen headlights
  • Fully automatic exterior light control
  • Delay-off headlamps
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry (keyfob for all doors)
  • Power windows
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise control
  • Manual tilting and telescoping steering wheel
  • AM/FM stereo with CD
  • MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • 1st row LCD monitor
  • Wireless phone connectivity capability
  • Variable intermittent windshield wiper blades
  • Rear defroster
  • Window tint
  • Driver information center
  • 4-cylinder engine/DOHC valvetrain
  • Front-wheel drive
  • CVT transmission
  • Passenger front/driver and passenger side-impact/curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags
  • ABS
  • Brake assist
  • Traction control system
  • Vehicle dynamic control
  • Vehicle security system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • 36-month/36,000-mile basic warranty
  • 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty

Now you know why we said these vehicles regularly go head-to-head. Despite their similarities, there are some notable differences when it comes to the Altima and the Accord.

The Differences

For example, while both cars have air conditioning (of course!), the Accord has automatic AC as well as standard dual zone front air conditioning—a feature not available in this Altima trim. The Accord also boasts adjustable (as opposed to fixed) rear head restraints, external digital memory controls, speed sensitive volume, (slightly) better horsepower and torque, and is a little roomier (except in terms of front legroom and front headroom, in which the Altima is more spacious). Are these details about the Accord unimportant? Not at all. Features that impact comfort and convenience are certainly influential factors when it comes to choosing the right car. However, we think there are some important features of the Nissan Altima that are highly influential, also.

Here are a few ways in which the Altima stands out when compared to the Accord:

  1. Lower MSRP
  2. Better highway and combined MPG
  3. Body material is both galvanized steel and aluminum resulting in a lighter car which helps with fuel economy
  4. Intelligent Key doors and ignition (not available on this Accord)
  5. Standard cargo tie-downs (not available on this Accord)
  6. Illuminated and locking glove box
  7. Rear reading light
  8. Power driver’s seats vs. the Accord’s manual driver’s seat
  9. 60-40 split folding rears seats (must fold down entire rear seat in the Accord)
  10. 6 speakers vs. 4 speakers in the Accord
  11. Tire-specific low tire pressure warning
  12. 2.5 liter (Accord—2.4), 18 gallon (Accord—17 gallon) engine
  13. Lighter curb weight
  14. Smaller turning radius

That’s no small list of ways in which the Altima offers drivers its own means of comfort and convenience!

Praise for the Altima

Of course, at Tischer, we’re biased. So you might be scratching your head, thinking you might need to take our opinion with a grain of salt. If that’s the case, check out some of the accolades the Nissan Altima has received from within the auto industry:






If a mid-size sedan is the type of car you’re interested in, and you like what you’ve heard about the 2014 Nissan Altima, we invite you to come down for a test drive. Just click on the button below to schedule a time that’s convenient for you. In fact, we’ve even just received our 2015 Altimas for the new model year. You can even check those out when you stop by!

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The Spin Into Summer Contest is Here!

spin into summer contest

We’ve got exciting news to share with you! We at Tischer Auto have teamed up with our local FOX45 Morning News for the “Spin Into Summer” contest. The contest is currently underway and continues until May 19, 2014. Why is this particular contest something you should care about? Simply put, qualified entrants will be eligible to win not only cash prizes, but also the grand prize of a free 2-year lease for either a 2014 Nissan Altima S or a 2014 Acura ILX!

Why these two particular models? The 2014 model year Altima and ILX are some of the best models the Nissan and Acura brands have to offer.

Here are some quick things to know about the 2014 Nissan Altima S:

  • 5-star safety crash ratings
  • 38-mpg estimated fuel economy
  • NASA-inspired zero-gravity seats for ultimate support and driving comfort
  • Nissan’s most innovative Altima ever
  • “S” trim is the #1 selling Altima trim

Some things to note about the 2014 Acura ILX are:

  • Amazing standard features including leather interior, power moonroof, and alloy wheels
  • 35-mpg based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings
  • 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty

If you’re looking for more details about either model, you can check out full reviews from our blog for both the 2014 Nissan Altima and the 2014 Acura ILX.

Also, if you’ve never leased a vehicle before and are wondering about the benefits of leasing, we’ve got some great details about the advantages here.

We’re fortunate that FOX45 came down to the dealership to do some walk-around videos of each model. You can view the videos below, as well as here at the dealership, for details about the contest and how to enter.

If you’re as excited as we are, need no further convincing, and are ready to enter the contest right now, simply click over to this site.

Please be sure to share this post and the details of the “Spin Into Summer” contest with your friends and family members and let them know about this amazing opportunity. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too, and let us know you’ve entered. Thanks for reading and we wish all of the contestants lots of luck! We look forward to seeing who the grand prize winner will be!

*header image courtesy of Fox45

The 2014 Nissan Altima – The Best Nissan Sedan Gets Better

2014 Nissan Altima

For the 2013 model year, Nissan completely redesigned the Altima. And boy, did the 2013 Nissan Altima make a splash! At dealerships nationwide, the 2014 Nissan Altima not only features the same exceptional innovations as seen in the 2013 Altima, but there are even a few more enhancements in the new model!  Before we get into the “new business,” let’s give you a quick recap on some of the innovations seen in the 2013 version of the Altima.

The 2013 Nissan Altima introduced:


  • Class-leading fuel efficiency (38 mpg/2.5-liter engine—The U.S. EPA certified the 2013 Altima as the most fuel efficient gasoline mid-size car in America at its release!)
  • Zero-gravity NASA-inspired seats
  • An Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display with 4-inch color screen standard on every model, which is customizable, easy-to-use and integrates key information right in front of the driver
  • Available NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation with a suite of Bluetooth® phone connectivity features, including hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert, which sounds the car horn to notify a person filling a tire with air when the tire reaches recommended tire pressure – no gauge needed
  • Available Next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems using an innovative single rear camera (which, by the way, cleans itself!)
  • New Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which significantly improves fuel efficiency, acceleration from a dead stop, as well as seamless acceleration when passing or merging, the comfort of a smooth and quiet, and proper gear shifting

If you look back at the accolades the 2013 Nissan Altima earned, you’ll find no shortage of praise.  Recognition includes:

  • “17 Best Cars You Can Buy” from
  • Most Ideal Mid-Size Car in the AutoPacific® 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards©
  • Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 lists for both “10 Best New Sedans Under $25,000” and “10 Best Family Cars”
  • Honored as one of the 11 vehicles selected to the AAA “Top Vehicles for Commuters” list
  • Awarded the title of “Best New Model” vehicle in the $25,000-$30,000 price range by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

The 2013 Altima also was a top safety pick from the IIHS and earned a 5-star overall vehicle safety rating as part of the NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

Now…take all of this plus the new enhancements we’re going to tell you about and you have the 2014 Nissan Altima! It’s no wonder that the Nissan Altima is not only one of Nissan’s most innovative cars, but it’s also one of the best-selling cars for the Nissan brand.

The 2014 Nissan Altima

The 2014 Nissan Altima is offered in seven different trims—the 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL featuring a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and the 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL with a standard 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine.  Every 2014 Altima is equipped with a standard Xtronic CVT®. (As a 2014 Nissan Altima monitor displayside note, the Nissan Altima Coupe is discontinued for the 2014 model year.)  Enhancements for the 2014 Nissan Altima include:


  • Technology Package replaces previous Navigation Package on 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV grades (late availability) – includes NissanConnect℠ with Navigation, NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration and SiriusXM Travel Link®, plus Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Lane Departure Warning
  • New Sport Value Package with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, remote engine start, trunk lid spoiler (2.5 S models)
  • New Display Audio Package available on 2.5 S and 3.5 S (late availability) – includes 5.0-inch color display, RearView Monitor, USB port, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (standard on 3.5 S, SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android™, diversity antenna
  • New accessory 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • 2014 Nissan Altima interiorGun Metallic exterior color replaces previous Metallic Slate; eight available colors total
  • Chrome exhaust finishers added to 2.5 grade
  • Improved navigation system capabilities – NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, SiriusXM Travel Link® (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates, sports scores), SiriusXM Weather, revised button labels
  • Standard driver and front passenger visor illumination and extensions on 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 3.5 S grades (previously part of Convenience Package)
  • Rear passenger air conditioning vents added to Convenience Package (from previous standard on SV grade)

The 2014 Nissan Altima continues to deliver value, the best in modern car technology and safety 2014 Nissan Altima cabinfeatures (the 2014 Nissan Altima is also a top-safety pick from IIHS), comfort, versatility of trims and packages, and simply put, is a classic Nissan model that only continues to improve year after year!  Most recently, it was even awarded a place on Kelley Blue Book’s “12 Best Family Cars” list. So if you’re a commuter, family-oriented, a new car buyer, an empty-nester—no matter your stage in life—the 2014 Nissan Altima is a car that can deliver the goods for your lifestyle.

If your interest in the new Nissan Altima is piqued, come by the dealership for a test drive—simply click on the button below to schedule a time at your convenience. Thanks for reading and be sure to leave your questions or comments below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!


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*images courtesy of Nissan USA