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Nissan Altima vs. Honda Accord

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Nissan Altima

$461
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Accord

$375
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
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.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
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.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$461
inexpensive
expensive
$375
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.27
not often
very often
0.35
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(9)
4
(59)
3
(20)
2
(9)
1
(2)
The Nissan Altima ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Survived a rear end collision with absolutely no damage to the Altima. One Nissan fanatic for life. ”
“Survived a rear end collision with absolutely no damage to the Altima. One Nissan fanatic for ...”
5
(29)
4
(96)
3
(62)
2
(29)
1
(8)
The Honda Accord ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I am the first to admit I am a terrible car owner. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about maintenance and repairs. Thankfully, I have a vehicle that runs reasonably well despite me turning a bl...”
“I am the first to admit I am a terrible car owner. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about mai...”

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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