2020 Nissan Altima vs. 2020 Honda Accord

Take a close look at the Altima.

The Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord are two of the most popular sedans on the market. You may be wondering, which one should you get? We’re here to give you some important information that will help you make your decision. 


The 2020 Nissan Altima and 2020 Honda Accord are both top-of-the-line sedans that have many similar and great features. Both sedans have comfortable seating for five and quality infotainment centers standard. Additionally, with more than 15 feet of interior cargo room, both are capable of carting your family and friends around, along with everyone’s stuff. 

The 2020 Altima edges out the 2020 Accord when it comes to leg room for the passenger, having 43.8 inches of legroom compared to the Accord’s 42.3 inches. You may be thinking that this doesn’t sound very significant, but your passengers will notice.

The Nissan Altima offers seven different trim levels; the S, SR, SR VC-Turbo, SV, SL, Platinum, and the Platinum VC-Turbo. The Accord only offers five trim levels, those being the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The added options for trim levels on the Altima is a nice feature, as it’s more likely there is a trim level that fits your budget or that has the features you want.


Safety is one of the most important features in any vehicle. Luckily for you, both the Altima and Accord have great safety features. There are many similar features in both, such as tire pressure monitoring systems and anti-theft alarm systems. 

The most impressive safety feature that the Altima has is Nissan Safety Shield 360. This is a system in your vehicle that has sensors monitoring every single direction around your car. The Safety Shield will automatically brake for you if you get too close to a stopped car, or if a pedestrian walks out in front of you. It will also alert you to your blind spots and give you an alert if you start changing lanes when you don’t mean to. The Nissan Safety Shield has other features too, such as high beam assist, rear cross traffic alert, and rear automatic braking.

The Honda Accord has a similar feature, but it doesn’t sense quite as far as the Nissan Safety Shield 360.


The 2020 Nissan Altima comes standard with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. This engine works hand in hand with a continuously variable transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain. The 2020 Honda Accord has the latter two configurations in common with the Altima, but differs in its engine. It comes standard with a less powerful 1.5L 4-cylinder engine.

The Nissan Altima ultimately stands out against the Honda Accord in its drivetrain. The Altima comes with an available all-wheel drive system. An all-wheel drive system isn’t even offered in the Accord, so you’re not going to have as much traction and stability control.


Both the Altima and the Accord are in the top of their class for sedans, but the Altima has many features that the Accord doesn’t. Whether it’s a more powerful engine, more space, or better safety features, the Altima ultimately edges out the Accord. If the 2020 Nissan Altima has piqued your interest, come give it a test drive at Briggs Nissan.