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#289 of 299 2009 Altima Coupe vs Honda Civic or Accord
Nov 15, 2008 (9:33 pm)
I will (hopefully) be purchasing my first new car in the near future and wanted to ask for your feedback/advice. I am currently torn between the Nissan Altima Coupe and either the Honda Civic Coupe or the Honda Accord Coupe. I have test driven the Altima several times and love the car, but am unclear as to the long term reliability of the vehicle (what I've been reading on the forums about engine failures after 6 years is concerning...but I think most are coming from the first year of the redesigned sedan back in 2002). A plus for the Honda's is they come with a few more standard safety features like Electronic Stability Control/Vehicle Stability Assist. I would truly love to hear your advice and feedback. Thank you in advance for your time and advice, I truly appreciate it!
#290 of 299 Re: 2009 Altima Coupe vs Honda Civic or Accord [swhonda]
Nov 15, 2008 (10:02 pm)
In all honesty, you can't go wrong with either the Altima Coupe or the Accord Coupe. The only reason you should buy a Civic coupe, though, is if you wish to save money on gas. Either the Accord or Altima will be far more practical and enjoyable driving wise.
After the reviews I've read of both the Altima and Accord Coupe, I'd have to lean towards the Accord Coupe. It seems to have a more refined ride, and it has more usable space than the Altima. However, the Altima has a terrific CVT transmission w/ 6-speed manual mode, which will definitely add some excitement to the drive with that car.
If you want all-out thrills though, either the Civic Si coupe or the Accord V6 manual will give you all the thrills you need in a FWD coupe.
If you're looking for a more practical coupe though, I'd vote for the '08-'09 Accord EX 4-cyl. It's probably the best midsize coupe on the market currently.
#292 of 299 Re: 2009 Altima Coupe vs Honda Civic or Accord [elroy5]
Nov 16, 2008 (7:52 am)
I think the Altima sedan is a bit ugly. Looks really heavy, its rear end is huge looking!
The style is just a re-done, blown up version of the model before it. Blah, it does not give me any inspiration. Just my opinion though. Too each their own.
Now, the Altima coupe is a sharp looking ride and so is the Accord coupe.
Now, the Accord sedan, could use some slimming, and a bit more coupe inspiration, it would not have hurt anything. People want more style these days.
#293 of 299 Re: 2009 Altima Coupe vs Honda Civic or Accord [swhonda]
Nov 17, 2008 (8:34 am)
My only advice is to drive them all thoroughly!
One person's junk is another person's jewel. Nobody's trying to lead you wrong here, but opinions differ quite regularly. I hope you'll drive each of the cars you are interested in before deciding against them!
#294 of 299 Re: 2009 Altima Coupe vs Honda Civic or Accord [thegraduate]
Nov 17, 2008 (9:03 pm)
Thank you all so much for input; I really appreciate it!!! Thank you thegraduate...you are so right! I find that each time I test drive a vehicle, I learn something new about it. I like the Altima, Accord, Civic (and now adding Civic SI) to the list in different ways. I hope to go for another round of test drives this week to help narrow down the list....but my goodness, this is a tough decision...
#295 of 299 Re: 2009 Altima Coupe vs Honda Civic or Accord [swhonda]
Nov 17, 2008 (9:49 pm)
There's not a bad car in the lot. The Civic offers a good value if you typically drive with just you or you and one passenger in the car. The Altima and Accord are more substantial vehicles with somewhat lower economy, but more power and ride/sound isolation.
#296 of 299 Re: 2009 Altima Coupe vs Honda Civic or Accord [thegraduate]
Nov 18, 2008 (9:28 pm)
To add to what thegraduate said, the difference between driving a Civic and an Altima/Accord is very striking. Although you lose a few MPG in fuel economy, you gain lots of refinement, ride comfort, usable space, and engine power. The Civic is a lot of fun for a small car, but there's a reason our society is always moving for larger, more space efficient vehicles. Nearly everyone that I know values size and power over fuel economy. Since most cars are now pushing close to 30MPG highway with nearly 200hp, there isn't a good reason not to get a midsize sedan/coupe anymore.
The only thing that I can think of that's making people question weather a midsize is worth it over a compact is simply price. Is it worth it to the average joe to pay roughly $5-7k more to gain space, power, and overall comfort to the driver? That's the question that most buyers have to answer.
I've driven a compact sedan before, and now that I've moved to a midsize, I can say in confidence that I will never go back. The advantages of a midsize far outweigh the loss of fuel economy.
#297 of 299 Impressed with Altima!
Jan 19, 2009 (5:57 am)
I am driving an 2009 Altima as a loaner car while my BMW 740I (1998. 75,000 miles) in in for service. I am impressed with the base 2.5S for it comes with quite a few features, It is reasonably fast for a 4 cylinder, CVT was easy to drive and awesome gas mileage! I have been getting 24 in the city and 35 on the highway (extended loaner). I also get to put regular gas vs. premium that BMW needs. Its is not a strong or built as well, however the 740i listed for over 70,000 when new and this one can be has in the high teens price wise. The only thing I would add would be a power drivers seat. The engine seems stronger/faster than the Accord/Camry 4 bangers
#298 of 299 Re: 2009 Altima Coupe vs Honda Civic or Accord [swhonda]
Mar 08, 2012 (10:59 pm)
I wonder if any of you actually driven these two cars because if you have and you are a driver, you can not miss the striking difference between them and that's the power and performance advantage of Altima vs Accord. Hondas and Toyotas are known for their sub par performance in comparison to their competitors in the same category. Maybe performance is not what you are looking for which is fine but even quality wise Nissan's competitive if not better. The shock's of the Altima is stiffer because of it's performance capabilities special if you have a V6. By far you get more enjoyment driving an Altima, I know I've a 2010 3.5SR CVT.
You should not ignore the enjoyment factor of a car unless you are purchasing a utility vehicle for work. By the way, Honda corporation is not such a clean honest company as you may think that are. This is from a friend of mine owning 3 Hondas saying that they avoid publicly issuing recalls by fixing it the next time you visit the dealer for something like an oil change. They would just inform you that they have replaced the part for you free of charge.