Nissan Altima vs Competitors for Sale in Warwick, RI
As the roads get more and more crowded with utility vehicles, automakers have had to make adjustments to keep sales strong. For most of them, that’s meant adding more crossovers to their lineups, as well as improving how they equip their sedans. Nissan, for example, made some significant upgrades to its midsized Altima sedan one model year ago, adding all-wheel drive availability to the base-engine models and upgrading the optional engine to a 248 hp variable-compression turbo four. In any case, competition among automakers to put out the best possible vehicle in this class is fierce. Below, we’ll show how the 2020 Nissan Altima stands out from rivals like the Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, and Kia Optima.
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and Adaptable Engine
The 2020 Altima’s available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is definitely an asset in New England, where the winter weather (as well as rain storms any time of year) can be challenging. This system constantly monitors road conditions and distributes power between the front and rear wheels to allow for the best possible traction when things get slick. In contrast, the Accord, Optima, and Sonata do not offer AWD. Even the Altima’s available VC-Turbo engine, which is the world’s first variable compression turbocharged engine, is noteworthy as it can adjust its compression ratio to yield increased power and fuel efficiency. Other engines operate with a fixed compression ratio that provides the same balance of power and efficiency no matter the situation, with neither attribute maximized.
Spaciousness, Technology, and Driver Aids
The Altima offers up more front legroom (43.8 inches) over the Accord’s 42.3 inches and the Camry’s 42.1 inches. On the technology front, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included on all versions of the Altima, and while these are both available with the Accord and Fusion, that requires an additional cost. What’s more, class-exclusive USB type-C outlets, which are able to carry significant amounts of power, are found in the Altima and not in the Accord, Camry, Optima, or Sonata. On another note, the base-level Altima S gets a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a feature that all of the other base trims mentioned here lack.
In the active safety technology department, it’s hard to beat Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility suite of advanced driver aids. As a highlight, intelligent forward collision warning, which uses state-of-the-art sensors that can “see” two cars ahead, comes standard on the Altima. The Accord, Camry, Optima, and Sonata don’t offer technology that does this. The Altima also has rear automatic braking, while the Accord, Fusion, Optima, and Sonata do not. Furthermore, the tire-pressure alert system on the 2020 Altima is superior to most competitors’ versions in that it tells the driver which tire is low; the tire pressure monitors on the Legacy, Accord, Optima, and Sonata merely indicate that there’s a tire in need, and the driver must determine which of the four to pump up.
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