Compare 2009 Honda Accord Sedan vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2009 Honda Accord Sedan
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4-Door I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 22 31 $18,965 $20,905
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 21 30 $19,688 $21,705
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 21 30 $19,688 $21,705
4-Door I4 Manual LX-P 22 31 $19,869 $21,905
4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P 21 30 $20,592 $22,705
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX-P 21 30 $20,592 $22,705
4-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $21,405 $23,605
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 30 $22,128 $24,405
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 21 30 $22,128 $24,405
4-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $23,212 $25,605
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 30 $23,935 $26,405
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 21 30 $23,935 $26,405
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $24,116 $26,605
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX 19 29 $24,116 $26,605
4-Door I4 Manual w/Navi EX-L 22 31 $25,200 $27,805
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 21 30 $25,923 $28,605
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 21 30 $25,923 $28,605
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $26,013 $28,705
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX-L 19 29 $26,013 $28,705
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 19 29 $28,001 $30,905
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 19 29 $28,001 $30,905
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,965
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,905
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$348 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Honda Accord is perfectly capable of performing the duties of either a $20,000 commuter vehicle or a $30,000 family sedan. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 44.1
Front Hip Room (in)
56.6 56.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.0 100.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.3 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 36.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.7 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
194.1 189.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.0 15.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.56 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.08 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 36.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3230 3112
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.6 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4300 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
177 @ 6500 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.39
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.65 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.78 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 3.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Accord Sdn Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.51 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.04 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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