Best Mid-Size Sedans: 2021 Nissan Altima vs. Honda Accord

In the market for a mid-size sedan? You’ll have no shortage of options, and two of the best are the Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord. Both are top sellers in their class, and both offer impressive features that make them attractive—but which is the better choice?

Let’s take a closer look at the recently released 2021 Nissan Altima and 2021 Honda Accord. 

2021 Nissan Altima Price and Specs

Starting Price: $24,300
MPG: 28 mpg City/39 mpg Highway
HP: Up to 236
Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder, 2.5 L 4-cylinder

A quiet ride, comfortable interior, and good fuel economy set the 2021 Nissan Altima in the right direction, and it just gets better from there. Any of the five trim levels deliver updated tech, safety, and comfort features that make the commute less painful and a road trip even more enjoyable. 

Plus, Nissan makes sure you’re safe on the road. 

Available blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and ProPILOT Assist are examples of the impressive safety features on the Altima, which was released in October. 

You might be wondering about comfort and performance, so let’s take a look at some other 2021 Nissan Altima specs:


Comfort features ensure you’ll enjoy the ride.

  • Refined Interior Design
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • Heated Front Seats


Onboard tech won’t let you forget that we’re in the 21st century!

  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Audio
  • NissanConnect for Amazon Alexa
  • Remote Access

2021 Honda Accord Price and Specs

Starting Price: $24,770
MPG: 28 mpg City/
HP: Up to 252
Engine: 1.5 L 4-cylinder, 2.0 L 4-cylinder

Honda’s Accord has long been a top-selling mid-size sedan, and it’s not difficult to see why. Thoughtfully appointed, comfortable, and reliable, the Accord holds its own in a market with plenty of options. 

The Accord, which is available in six trim levels, got some major updates for 2021, but it comes short of a full redesign. While not all new, buyers will appreciate the added safety features, updated exterior, and the 8-inch infotainment screen that is now standard on all models. 

The hybrid, which comes with a starting price of $26,370, also got some updates for 2021, including better throttle response and a bump up to 48 mpg combined. 

2021 Honda Accord specs include:

  • Spacious Interior
  • Power Seats
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • Apple Car Play
  • Android Auto
  • Road Departure Mitigation 
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Blind Spot Information
  • Keyless Start

So, which vehicle comes out on top in this battle of best mid-size sedans? Both are highly reviewed mid-size sedans but features lacking on the Accord, such as all-wheel drive and the Altima’s unique VC-Turbo engine, help the Altima edge out the Accord. 

Stop by Patterson Nissan Longview to see our in-stock inventory, check out Nissan’s new logo, and learn more about the 2021 Nissan Altima. Interested in a 2020 model? See how last year’s Altima stacked up against the 2020 Accord