Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Nissan Altima VS 2013 Acura TL Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Nissan Altima

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2013 Acura TL

Safety Comparison

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The Altima Sedan SL’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The TL doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Altima Sedan SL’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The TL doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the TL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Altima Sedan’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The TL’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the TL’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Road & Track the Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6 is faster than the Acura TL 3.7 SOHC V6:

Altima Sedan

TL

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.1 sec

15.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.6 MPH

96.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan 3.5 V6 gets better fuel mileage than the TL FWD with its standard V6 (22 city/31 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The TL requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Altima Sedan has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The TL doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the TL’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The Altima Sedan SV/SL/3.5 S’ turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the TL’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Nissan Altima Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the Acura TL.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Altima Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the TL SH-AWD ®:

Altima Sedan

TL

At idle

38 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Altima Sedan has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the TL (101.9 vs. 98.2).

The Altima Sedan has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the TL.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Altima Sedan has a much larger trunk than the TL (15.4 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Altima Sedan easier. The Altima Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.9 inches, while the TL’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

The Altima Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The TL doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Altima Sedan offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The TL doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Standard smartphone integration for the Altima Sedan SV/SL allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The TL doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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