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Nissan Altima vs. Honda Accord

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima
$461
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord
$375
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Nissan Altima Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $461 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Altima.

Excellent

The Honda Accord Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $375 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Accord is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$461
inexpensive
very expensive
$375
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.3
not often
way too often
0.3
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
minor issues
major issues
8%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(101 Reviews)
(226 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(9)
4 star
(58)
3 star
(20)
2 star
(9)
1 star
(2)

The Nissan Altima ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“I have only had mine for a copule of months, but i believe that it is a decent car at a fair price. Plenty of standard options and the mileage is exceptional. The paint does seem to damage easily t...”

Rating Details
5 star
(29)
4 star
(95)
3 star
(62)
2 star
(29)
1 star
(8)

The Honda Accord ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“Car is as reliable as it gets, but not perfect. The power steering pump, resurfacing the front rotors, and front wheel bearing, 1 o2 sensor, and air intake hose in 14 years of ownership. excellent ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord are two of the top-selling midsize cars on the market. They are both front-wheel drive sedans that seat five and have decent-size trunks. But there a few reasons you might favor the Accord, if you’re deciding between the two.

The Honda Accord has nicer materials in the interior, more standard features in all trim levels, better technology and better reliability. It also handles and performs better, and offers the option of a manual transmission. The Nissan Altima gets slightly better fuel mileage than the Accord, but headroom is tight in the back seat. Also, the Altima may be a bit more stylish than the Accord.

Both of these sedans are good options, but the Honda Accord edges out the Nissan Altima in most areas, making it better overall.


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