Nissan Altima vs Honda Civic

When you are browsing for a new vehicle in the Tampa Bay area there is a lot to consider. From performance to interior features, everything matters. Drivers of the Nissan Altima and the Honda Civic are often at odds regarding which vehicle is better. So how do you choose which sedan is right for you?

To help you choose between the two, check out this comparison between the 2021 Nissan Altima and the 2021 Honda from our friendly team at Maus Nissan of New Port Richey. Which one will be the perfect new vehicle for you? Let's find out...

Style and Performance

Finding a new midsize sedan with the right amount of power and style can make all the difference when it comes to buying. Both sedans are chic on the outside and come in numerous colors and trim levels.

The Nissan Altima comes standard with a lively powertrain with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. It can reach 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with the Xtronic CVT® ( continuously variable transmission) that offers flawless and smooth acceleration. Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is also available in the 2021 Altima, giving you extra control during poor weather conditions.

The Honda Civic is powered by a 2.0-liter- 4-cylinder engine that has a max horsepower of 158 and 138 lb-ft of torque. Its engine is also paired with a CVT. There is an available upgrade to boost capability and power, but it still doesn't beat the capabilities of even the Turbo version of the Nissan Altima. If performance is a deal-breaker, the Nissan Altima has the Honda Civic beat. All-wheel drive is not available for any trim level of the Honda Civic.


Both interiors of the Nissan Altima and Honda Civic are quite spacious and comfortable. Both sedans offer enough room for up to five passengers, and come with cloth seating appointments, there are several differences to note.

The 2021 Nissan Altima has ample passenger space at 100.8 cubic feet, as compared to the 97.8 cubic feet in the 2021 Honda Civic. The Honda Civic seems a little cramped, especially for rear passengers. The Altima also offers more trunk space, with 15.4 cubic feet compared to 15.1 cubic feet in the Civic.

The Altima comes standard with a moonroof, air conditioning, radio, power windows, doors, and locks, which are all optional on the Honda Civic.

Safety Features

Both Nissan and Honda know that safety features are some of the most important aspects of a vehicle. Both vehicles come equipped with some of the most advanced standard and available safety features that are currently on the market.

The Nissan Altima comes standard with features including:

  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Intelligent Lane Intervention
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor

The Honda Civic has similar standard safety features such as:

  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning

Safety is important to both companies, but one thing that you won't find on the Honda Civic safety features list is Nissan ProPilot Assist. This highway driving tool anticipates and responds to what is around you, keeping your vehicle safely centered in your lane, through gentle curves and straightaways. It also will keep a set distance between you and the car in front of you and will bring your vehicle to a full stop if needed.


Safety features aren't the only innovative technologies that you will find in the Altima and Civic. Both offer high-end tech features to keep you entertained, informed, and connected wherever the road takes you.

Both vehicles come standard with a 5-inch display screen on the dashboard. If you want to upgrade, you can opt for the NissanConnect 8-inch touchscreen in the Altima and a 7-inch touchscreen in the Civic.

Listen to your favorite tunes while on the road with standard 6-speaker audio or an available Bose® Premium Audio System with nine speakers in the Nissan Altima. With the Civic you will have four standard speakers or ten at the highest trim level.

Each vehicle has available advanced navigation systems, but only the Nissan Alima comes equipped with Door-to-Door navigation with SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link®, which come in handy when navigating.

Test Drive a Mid Size Sedan

As you can see, while the Nissan Altima and the Honda Civic are in the same class of vehicles, their performance, safety features, and interiors couldn't be more different! Overall, the Altima offers more performance capabilities, a more spacious cabin, and enhanced safety and technology features. The Nissan Altima is the clear winner here!

But don't take our word for it! Come test drive the 2021 Nissan Altima at Maus Nissan North Tampa to see if it is the right mid-sized sedan for you. Call us at (813) 535-6287 to schedule a test drive and see what the 2021 Nissan Altima has in store for you!

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