[Expert car comparison] 2013 Honda Accord vs 2013 Nissan Altima

11/07/2019

Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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A casual glance at both 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima sedans shows no difference. This comparison review breaks them down to basic specs. Check it!

1. Introduction

Are you considering getting either the 2013 Honda Accord or 2013 Nissan Altima, and you are a little stumped for choice? This Naijauto.com comparison review has got you covered.

We understand the confusion some users face when they are considering either the 2013 sedan or coupe Honda Accord and the Nissan Altima of the same year. The fact is that these models share a lot more than the same year of manufacture. Along with the Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla, the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima are some of the most used luxury midsize sedans on Nigerian roads. These cars have been serving Nigerians for a long time with their well-known qualities of durability, reliability and strong performance.

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2013 Honda Accord or the 2013 Nissan Altima; which is the better deal?

2. Overview of 2013 Honda Accord

The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord debuted at the Accord Coupe Concept at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The model is the ninth generation of the Accord nameplate. This four wheel drive car didn’t just come out with a perfect name but also became better after some touches up resulting in a stylish interior and added features. The vehicle comes in both sedan and coupe versions; which line up in 8 trims as below!

2013 Honda Accord trim description
Trim level Description
2013 Honda Accord LX sedan FWD, four-cylinder engine, 8-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and alloy wheels
2013 Honda Accord Sport sedan FWD, Features of LX trim plus larger wheels and gets a small boost in horsepower 
2013 Honda Accord EX sedan FWD, Feaures of Sports trm plus moonroof, satellite radio, and proximity key
2013 Honda Accord EX-L sedan FWD, Features of EX trim plus available V6 engine, touch screen, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, heated front seats, and leather upholstery
2013 Honda Accord Touring sedan FWD, Features of EX-L trim plus adds navigation and adaptive cruise control
2013 Honda Accord LX-S coupe FWD, four-cylinder engine, 8-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio inputs, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and alloy wheels
2013 Honda Accord EX coupe FWD, Feaures of Sports trm plus moonroof, satellite radio, and proximity key
2013 Honda Accord EX-L coupe FWD, Features of EX trim plus available V6 engine, touch screen, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, heated front seats, and leather upholstery

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The 2013 Honda Accord comes from a long line of people favorites

3. Overview of 2013 Nissan Altima

Even with the slow sell and discontinuation of the 2013 Nissan Altima coupe after its debut, this fifth generation of the sedan Nissan Altima made commendable sales of 320,723 nits plus. The car has some safety measures added to it from the previous year model, with few changes to the 2012 exterior design. It continues to carry a four cylinder engine just like the Accord and other rivals such as the Toyota Camry. The 2013 Nissan Altima sedan is a four wheel drive with four trims.

2013 Nissan Altima trim description
Trim level Description
2013 Nissan Altima Base model FWD, four-cylinder engine,  CD player, four speakers, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, cloth seats, and air conditioning
2013 Nissan Altima S FWD,  Features of 2.5 trim plus  proximity keyless entry, cruise control, and six speakers. four and six cylnder engines
2013 Nissan Altima SV FWD, Features of S trim plus 5-inch infotainment screen, rearview camera, USB input, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, remote start, and alloy wheels.
2013 Nissan Altima SL FWD, Features of S trim plus adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a nine-speaker Bose sound system. Available features include a moonroof, a touch-screen navigation system

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The 2013 Nissan Altima is sleek and as elegant as they come

4. Price comparison of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima

When buying either of these models, you may choose to buy used or brand new models. Whatever the choice, use good, credible dealers and car sales shops for both Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. See prices below:

Prices of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima in Nigeria
Model Honda Accord Nissan Altima
Brand new (excluding delivery fees) 3.8 million - 6 million 3.4 million - ₦5 million
Tokunbo/ Foreign used 5 million - 7.2 million 4 million - 5.5 million
Nigerian used/ Locally used 2.5 million - 3.9million 2 million - 3 million

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5. Design of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima

In spite of having coupe and the sedan versions, one thing that places these cars on the same pedestal is the styling of both. From the exterior, the cars have only a few differences as they measure basically the same in length and weight. Every line and curve of both cars are functional and aesthetically pleasing. The cars have really good exterior designs. 

The interiors of both the 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima have the standard demure and appealing look mostly found in midsized family cars. The cabin, dashboard and materials used in the creation are of very good quality. The atmosphere evokes serenity and both very roomy when compared to their rivals in sedans or midsized cars. Features of both cars become more advanced according to trims.

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Both models share many characteristics in looks

For Altima, there is a 5-inch touch screen that is supplied with Nissan’s new multimedia system called Nissan Connect, whereas the Accord has a 6-inch touch screen. The parallel interior features among the two are backup cameras, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, push-button start, remote keyless entry, satellite radio, compass, and the cup holders. When moving to the higher trims for both the Accord 2013 and the Altima 2013, you will be provided with leather-wrapped steering wheels. An upgrade to the SV trim for Nissan provides the feature of a remote engine start.

6. Seating and Cargo space of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima

Both the Honda Accord 2013 and Nissan Altima vehicle are capable of carrying five passengers; the driver and the front passenger seat and a rear seat which is capable of taking three passengers. You won’t have to worry about how comfortable the rear seats are because it is suitable for kids of tall and average heights and also adults of average heights.

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As five seaters in roomy cabins, they are good family midsize sedans

For the cargo space, the 2013 Accord has a distinctive amount of storage space for the class, even though it has same measurements in cargo space with the 2013 Altima. The 2013 Accord base sedan has a 15.8-cubic-foot trunk and the base coupe’s trunk measures 13.7 cubic feet while the Nissan has 15.4 cubic feet. The depth of the Accord is more accommodating than the Altima’s.

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The Accord (top) has slightly more room for cargo

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7. Safety features of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima

When comparing the 2013 Accord to the 2013 Altima in terms of safety features, the difference starts to become known. The Honda easily takes the lead as it has passed Honda’s rigorous safety tests. However, the two cars are adequately provided with the necessary features for users and passenger safety for the base trim and higher.

You can find the basic safety features such as air bags for the driver and passengers, remote keyless entry, low tire pressure warning, traction control for both ABS and driveline, Parking Assist and others. Few notable features missing in the 2013 Nissan Altima but available in the 2013 Honda Accord are lane departure warning, navigation and active cruise control.

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Elegant interiors are a double plus for the 2013 models of the Honda Accord and the Nissan Altima

8. Engine & other specs of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima

Let's check for the side-by-side comparison of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima engines and specs in the table below!

Specs 2013 Honda Accord 2013 Nissan Altima 
Engine 2.4L/144 2.5L/152
Horsepower 185 @ 6400 182 @ 6000
Torque 181 @ 3900 180 @ 4000
Fuel Economy - City 24 27
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 38
Fuel Economy Est.-Combined 28 31
Fuel Tank 17.2 Gallon 20.0 Gallon
Curb Weight 3,229 Lbs. 3,124 Lbs.
Transmission 6-speed Man W/OD Xtronic 2-spd CVT W/OD
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

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These engines are so close in specs, there is little practical difference

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9. Customer experience of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima

Following are observations of customers of both models:

  2013 Honda Accord 2013 Nissan Altima
Likes
  • Accommodating and comfortable cabin.
  • Exciting redesign
  • Noble fuel economy
  • Good Cargo space
  • Good Safety features
  • Available Coupe version
  • Good resale value
  • Good redesign
  • Fuel economy
  • Comfortable interior
  • Combatable seating’s
  • Good ride
  • Fair resale value
Dislikes
  • The blind spot sometimes is awkward
  • Missing some safety features
  • Engine is sometimes loud

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All said and done, two great vehicles, but which is greater still?

The fact is this is such a close tie that there is little practical difference between both models. However, the 2013 Honda Accord has the distinctive advantage of better safety measures, and a more robust customer experience, thus making it the slightly better car.

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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