Compare 2009 Honda Accord vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2009 Honda Accord
2008 Nissan Altima
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2-Door I4 Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 30 $22,218 $24,505
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX PZEV 21 30 $22,218 $24,505
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 30 $24,025 $26,505
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L PZEV 21 30 $24,025 $26,505
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L w/Navi 21 30 $26,013 $28,705
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 21 30 $26,013 $28,705
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic LX-S 21 30 $21,043 $23,205
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic LX-S PZEV 21 30 $21,043 $23,205
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $21,495 $23,705
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $23,302 $25,705
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Manual EX-L w/Navi 22 31 $25,290 $27,905
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Manual LX-S 22 31 $20,320 $22,405
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 28 $26,239 $28,955
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L PZEV 19 28 $26,239 $28,955
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi 19 28 $28,227 $31,155
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 19 28 $28,227 $31,155
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Manual EX-L 17 25 $26,239 $28,955
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Manual EX-L w/Navi 17 25 $28,227 $31,155
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 30 $22,128 $24,405
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX PZEV 21 30 $22,128 $24,405
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 30 $23,935 $26,405
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L PZEV 21 30 $23,935 $26,405
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L w/Navi 21 30 $25,923 $28,605
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 21 30 $25,923 $28,605
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic LX 21 30 $19,688 $21,705
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic LX PZEV 21 30 $19,688 $21,705
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P 21 30 $20,592 $22,705
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P PZEV 21 30 $20,592 $22,705
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $21,405 $23,605
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $23,212 $25,605
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual EX-L w/Navi 22 31 $25,200 $27,805
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual LX 22 31 $18,965 $20,905
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual LX-P 22 31 $19,869 $21,905
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $24,116 $26,605
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX PZEV 19 29 $24,116 $26,605
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $26,013 $28,705
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L PZEV 19 29 $26,013 $28,705
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi 19 29 $28,001 $30,905
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 19 29 $28,001 $30,905
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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL ULEV 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S ULEV 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 ULEV 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,218
$20,112
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,505
$21,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$408 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Though it might not be the most exciting coupe, strong V-6 performance, good fuel economy, and a great interior make the 2009 Honda Accord Coupe one of TheCarConnection.com's top-rated vehicles for 2009. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.1 35.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.5 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.4 54.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.7 89.7
Second Leg Room (in)
33.1 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
46.3 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 53.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.4 55.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.9 7.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.08 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 34.7
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
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3338 3095
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 4400 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
190 @ 7000 175 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 5.80
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 1.75
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Honda Accord Cpe Nissan Altima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.04 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-Link
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)
0.59 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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