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While SUVs and crossovers are getting a lot of attention these days, we shouldn't forget about the beauty of a midsize sedan. These spry cars don't have as much mass to carry as an SUV and, for that reason, enjoy better handling and efficiency. Unless you need to carry a lot of passengers, there's no good reason to overlook these vehicles, especially if you spend a lot of time on crowded city roads and highways. They'll often offer nearly as much cargo space as an SUV, with much better fuel economy. So now it's all about assessing the best one, which brings us to the comparison of the 2022 Honda Accord vs 2022 Nissan Altima.
Both Honda and Nissan are major players in the world of sedans. They make nimble vehicles that are easy to handle, offer great passenger comfort, and tackle busy urban streets with ease while getting excellent mileage in both the city and on the highway. There is one major reason that the 2022 Honda Accord is a superior choice, and it just can't be debated: it offers a hybrid option, while the 2022 Nissan Altima does not. The Altima does get good fuel economy, but you really cannot beat a hybrid when it comes to saving money at the pump and doing right by the environment. Let's dive in and assess the features of these vehicles more closely.
The 2022 Honda Accord offers a generous six trims: the LX, the Hybrid, the Sport (new for 2022), the Sport Special Edition, the EX-L, and the Touring. It's terrific that so many trims are available, giving drivers with a variety of needs and budgets a chance at owning one of these great cars. The 2022 Nissan Altima has a similar number of trims but lacks a hybrid powertrain option. Regardless of budget, even the higher trims of both these vehicles come in at affordable prices, so luxury features don't mean luxury price tags.
On the topic of luxury features, the top Touring trim of the 2022 Honda Accord is going to have not only heated and cooled front seats but also heated rear seats, so there shouldn't be any complaints from backseat passengers about a chill. It also has a head-up display to put important driver data right within the driver's natural line of vision, so you don't need to take your eyes off the road to get valuable information. You'll also find the front seats of this car have beautiful leather upholstery.
As for entertainment and technology––which are essential to most drivers today––the 2022 Honda Accord does not disappoint. Every trim comes with a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has Bluetooth and USB connectivity, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lower trims will have either a four or eight-speaker audio system, while the EX-L boasts a ten-speaker system that's perfect for the musicophile.
As for the 2022 Nissan Altima, it has some luxury features that can be purchased through the optional Premium Package. These include a sunroof, heated mirrors (excellent in snowy areas like Rochester), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. However, this package will cost the buyer $1,800. It does have soft armrests in the front that are ideal for long drives.
The 2022 Nissan Altima comes with an 8.0-inch infotainment system, also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, it is not on the base model as it is on the 2022 Honda Accord. The most speakers you can expect from one of its higher trims are nine, compared to the ten found on the Accord's EX-L.
In the fight to prove that sedans offer just as much in the way of storage space as SUVs do, we have to cover the storage area in these two vehicles. Car and Driver reported packing 19 bags in the trunk of the 2022 Honda Accord and only 17 bags in the 2022 Nissan Altima. So, even if you need to fill your car with passengers, you can certainly pack this car full of luggage for a road trip. It's important to consider sedans for a life full of long drives because it's hard to compete with their fuel economy. Paired with great storage capacities, they're really excellent long-haul vehicles.
Getting into the specifics, the 2022 Honda Accord boasts an impressive 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Plus, its rear seats can be folded flat to make even more room for luggage. You shouldn't struggle to pack all of your belongings in this surprisingly spacious sedan. And should you opt for the hybrid version, you'll be glad to know that its powertrain elements have been tucked neatly beneath the car and do not monopolize any storage area. Plus, when in the hybrid, you don't need to worry about heavy luggage impacting fuel economy.
The 2022 Nissan Altima certainly brought some impressive cargo area into this competition. However, with a trunk area of 15.4 cubic feet, it falls just short of the 2022 Honda Accord––and that extra space makes all the difference when packing up for a long drive. Furthermore, its rear seats do not fold entirely flat, so you won't be able to squeeze out that extra trunk space the way you can with the Accord. Folding the back seats is also cumbersome and must be done manually. It's got some decent cubby space around the inside of the car, but if you're serious about loading up your vehicle with luggage, the 2022 Honda Accord is the way to go here.
Safety is a top priority for many drivers. All of the bells and whistles and luxury features of a car mean nothing if it cannot safely get you from point A to point B. As to be expected, both of these vehicles offer some impressive safety assist features, so the car can help you anticipate incidents on the road, even when your eyes and ears (and reflexes) don't catch everything.
The 2022 Honda Accord comes standard with some highly appreciated safety features, including automatic emergency braking to help stop the car when you fail to do so, preventing a collision. It also has lane-keep assist to notify you when you're drifting out of your lane and adaptive cruise control to help you remain at a safe speed. These all come standard with the vehicle. However, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, and rear traffic alert can all be added on the higher trims to round out the standard Honda Safety Sense package.
The 2022 Nissan Altima has similar offerings in this department, providing some features standard and offering others as an added cost. Every trim is going to come standard with forward-collision warning, which notifies you when you're too close to other vehicles, and automated emergency braking, which can stop the vehicle when you fail to do so, preventing accidents. The SV trim and up will have standard blind-spot monitoring to see those tricky areas the eyes cannot, rear cross-traffic alert to help you back out of tricky spots, high-beam assist for dark roads, and other features. Adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist are also available.
All in all, the standard safety features on both of these vehicles are impressive, and more comprehensive packages are available if you're willing to pay extra. Considering that both of these vehicles start at nice budget-friendly MSRPs, paying for the upgraded safety assist packages doesn't sting as much as it could on more expensive vehicles.