2021 Honda Accord vs. 2021 Nissan Altima

2021 Honda Accord vs Nissan Altima

For decades, U.S. auto buyers have trusted the Honda nameplate more than just about any other automotive brand. The reason? Honda excels at delivering what today's savvy consumers want: Style, comfort, performance, fuel efficiency, quality, safety, and value.

But that isn’t stopping other automakers from trying to grab more share in the hotly contested midsize sedan market by meeting or exceeding Honda’s lofty standards. Case in point is the 2021 Nissan Altima. Let’s compare these two popular and comparably priced 2021 Accord LX and Nissan Altima S models.

2021 Accord - Styling


Angles and Creases and Chrome. Oh My!

Picasso would have loved the Altima’s angular and pronounced V-shaped snout that’s become the centerpiece of Nissan’s corporate design ethos. To look more aggressive and sportier, the Altima’s oversized, chrome-accented front grille becomes the disproportionate focus of attention. It gives the Altima’s shape a front-heavy look that appears a bit out of sync with the car’s overall dimensions.

On the other hand, the award-winning Accord’s aerodynamic and curvaceous exterior captures a sporty look in an understated way that exudes class, elegance, and sophistication. From your driveway to the superhighway, the stunning Accord’s artfully crafted, and perfectly proportioned exterior is sure to get nods of approval wherever you go.

Additionally, the Accord LX puts more bling where the rubber meets the road, with handsome 17-in alloy wheels as standard equipment. You’ll have to settle for ho-hum 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers on the Altima S.

2021 Accord - Interior


Accord Interior is Superior

The Honda Accord’s quiet, comfortable, spacious, and feature-packed interior has been setting the standard in quality and innovation for years. When compared against the Altima’s interior, it’s easy to see that the Accord has the advantage, with more front shoulder room, front head room, and rear head room. Plus, the Accord’s trunk is larger and more accommodating than the Altima’s

2021 Accord LX 2021 Altima S
Cargo Space 16.7 cubic feet 15.4 cubic feet
Front Shoulder Room 58.3 inches 58.2 inches
Front Head Room 39.5 inches 39.2 inches
Rear Head Room 37.3 inches 36.2 inches
Height 63.0 inches 56.7 inches
Length 192.2 inches 190.6 inches

Engine Comparison

Drivers Cheer Accord’s Commanding Performance

The new 2021 Accord LX takes the stage with performance that thoroughly outclasses the Altima S. The Accord’s potent, yet fuel efficient, 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC® four-cylinder engine with exclusive Eco-Assist™ System, pumps out an authoritative 192 hp at 5500 rpm* and a robust 192 lb.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm*. The Altima’s larger, but less powerful, 2.5-liter, powerplant only manages to achieve 188 hp at 6000 rpm and only 180 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. That extra punch from the Accord’s stronger engine sets the stage for a truly exhilarating driving experience.

In his review of the 2021 Nissan Altima, Martin Padgett, Editorial Director at says, “The 2021 Altima goes about its performance day without much flair or pretense. It’s a stock-issue four-door sedan – and even with the available all-wheel-drive system and turbo-4 engine, it’s still a moderate performer.”

Fuel Economy

More Economical Accord Scores a Win

Another key area in which the Accord excels compared to the Altima is fuel economy. Here, again, the numbers demonstrate the Accord’s fuel-efficient dominance at the pump. That’s not only good for your wallet, but it’s also good for the environment, too. The Accord achieves an excellent EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway for a combined 33 mpg overall. The Altima? It rates an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway for a combined 32 mpg average.

Additionally, the Altima lineup currently doesn’t offer a hybrid choice, while Honda offers a superbly fuel-efficient hybrid model that achieve an outstanding EPA-estimated* 48 mpg city/48 mpg highway/combined rating.

2021 Accord LX 2021 Nissan Altima S
EPA-Estimated* Fuel Economy 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway
Horsepower* 192 hp @ 5500 rpm 188 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque* 192 lb.-ft @ 5000 rpm 180 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm
Hybrid Technology Available Not available
2021 Honda Accord - Technology


Accord Takes Tech Farther

Honda’s always been ahead of the pack in terms of the latest technology innovations. That rings true for 2021, as well.

The 2021 Accord LX comes equipped with a host of standard infotainment capabilities that keep you connected, informed, and entertained. Let’s start with the Accord’s 8-inch, high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen that puts you in fingertip control of a variety of functions. It’s larger than the Altima’s 7-inch Drive-Assist Display®, which has been viewed as a big dated.

You also may be surprised to learn that the Altima S, which is the base model in the Altima lineup, does not come with Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ integration. You’ll need to step up to the much pricier Altima SL model to get their NissanConnect® infotainment and navigation suite, which includes those two features as standard equipment.

The Accord? It offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment on the economically priced Accord LX. Plus, you also get Honda’s exclusive HondaLink® smartphone app as standard equipment on the Accord LX. With HondaLink, you can access digital guides, including your owner’s manual, get automatic recall notifications, book a service appointment at your nearby Honda dealer, and summon 24-hour roadside assistance.

2021 Accord LX 2021 Nissan Altima S
Apple CarPlay® Standard Not Available
Android Auto™ Standard Not available
2021 Honda Accord - Safety


Honda’s innovations in safety have led the way to give Honda owners peace of mind behind the wheel, as well as to help make our roadways safer.

The advanced Honda Sensing® suite of integrated technologies takes automotive safety to a new level. These include Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane-Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Most importantly, unlike some other automakers, you’ll find this comprehensive suite of advanced safety features as standard equipment on every Honda automobile. Because at Honda, safety matters most.

In addition, every Honda Accord comes with Honda’s exclusive ACE™ Body Structure is specifically designed to help absorb the impact of a frontal collision.

By comparison, Nisson offers ProPILOT Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Forward-Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Intelligent Lane Intervention safety features as standard equipment on the Altima S model. However, it doesn’t come with Traffic Sign Recognition.

2021 Accord LX 2021 Nissan Altima S
ACE™ Body Structure Standard Not Available
Traffic Sign Recognition Standard Not Available

As you can see, the 2021 Honda Accord LX tops the 2021 Nissan Altima in several key categories, including styling, performance, technology, and safety. That’s why the well-equipped and award-winning Accord should be at the top of your list when shopping for a midsize, family-friendly, four-door sedan that delivers the ultimate in quality and driver’s satisfaction.


192 hp @ 5500 rpm (SAE net); 192 lb.-ft. of Torque @ 5000 rpm (SAE net)

30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX and EX-L trims. 29 city/35 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport and Special Edition 1.5T trims. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 48 city/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating for Hybrid, Hybrid EX and Hybrid EX-L trims. 44 city/41 highway/43 combined mpg rating for the Hybrid Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-package/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.