2013 Nissan Altima 3.5SL
Cabin appointments. And at the top of the line, what you get in the top-of-the-line Accord V6 Touring feels to us to be more warm, plush, and inviting than what you get in the Altima 3.5 SL. We felt better supported in the Accord’s seats, while those in the Altima were a bit slippery and short on lateral support at the thighs. Trims in the Accord wrapped cohesively around to the doors, and there was a damped feel to many of the lesser controls that was missing from the Altima. Simply put, we could see the Accord selling with an Acura badge, but the Altima would never be convincing enough for an Infiniti badge (and we’re not holding one lux brand in more esteem than the other here).
Safety. These cars are both Top Safety Pick+ performers, which means they’re pretty much at the top of their class for safety. And while the top-of-the-line cars we tested each had some active-safety features, it was a feature on the Accord—the LaneWatch blind-spot display—that we found especially useful, for driving around town. And we like the Accord’s somewhat better view outward.
Among V-6 sedans, Accord has the edge
So should you go for a top-of-the-line 2013 Accord V-6 or Altima V-6? Between the two, the Accord is narrowly our pick between the two. We like the way the Accord responds and handles, although the Altima may have an edge in ride quality. Inside, the Altima’s cabin just doesn’t feel as high-grade as the Accord’s; and while we like the Altima’s way of presenting a comparable feature set without the dash clutter, the Accord’s LaneWatch feature is everyday-useful.
If you drive them both, we’re eager to hear what you think; let us know in your comments below. And to compare all the points, such as styling, pricing, and other details we didn't cover here, be sure to read both of our full reviews: on the 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima.