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The mid-sized sedan is still one of the most popular segments for many Ontario residents, despite the growing number of crossovers being sold in North America. The three most popular of these vehicles tend to be the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, all of which offer an exciting drive and comfortable interior.

So which sedan is right for you?

We compare the Nissan Altima against the Accord and Camry and explain why this 2019 sedan is changing the expectations of the segment, and earning loyalists across Canada.

Engine and Drivetrain

Let’s start under the hood. The 2019 Nissan Altima houses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which is stronger than the previous generation by about nine horsepower and three lb.-ft. of torque. The Accord is home to a 1.5L turbo engine while the Camry has a similar engine in comparison to the Altima, with a 2.5L inline-4.

The real game-changer here is the addition of All-Wheel-Drive on the Altima for 2019. It’s the first sedan in the Nissan lineup to house the technology, and the only sedan in the segment (apart from the Subaru Impreza) to have it at all.

The Intelligent Nissan AWD System senses when the Altima wheels are beginning to slip and need more traction to recover. Whether you pull ahead from a complete stop and spin out or take a slippery corner and the tires begin to lock, the all-wheel-drive senses the situation and immediately kicks in. By distributing the torque evenly to all four wheels, your Altima is able to grip faster and restabilize on icy and snowy roads.

The presence of AWD in the Altima changes the game for many Canadian buyers. While the Accord and Camry are both under 30K and offer powerful engines and impressive torque, they both lack the same stability and confidence on ice and sleet that the Altima has. Instead of intuitive technology that shares the torque between tires, both the Toyota and Honda vehicles rely on RWD drive to achieve the same outcome, with less success.

In terms of transmissions, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry both have automatics. Meanwhile, the Altima boasts a CVT. One huge advantage to having a CVT in your vehicle is the improvement you see in fuel efficiency. A CVT has sensors that keep your engine within its optimum power range regardless of your speed. That means your vehicle is far more fuel efficient, especially when you’re stuck in stop-and-start traffic or in the city where the speed limit changes often.

Interior

All three vehicles offer a lot of space for their passengers. The Nissan Altima has more shoulder space than both the Accord and Camry, while headroom and legroom remain relatively the same across the board. In terms of cargo space, the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima both offer 436 litres, while the Accord has a bit more with 472 litres.

Which SUV is Right For Me?

The Nissan Altima ($27,998), Toyota Camry ($27,850), and Honda Accord ($28,090) are all within a thousand dollars of each other. The difference? Only the Nissan Altima offers AWD, a necessity for navigating treacherous winter roads and rainy climates. The Altima also offers safety technologies like Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking and a rear-view monitor as standard.

While the small SUV and crossover segment continues to grow, many consumers are looking for their sedans to up their game. They want the space of a crossover and the capability of AWD, but they want it at an affordable price. The Nissan Altima answers the call, giving buyers tons of space, a strong list of standard features and now, all-wheel-drive.

Oakville Nissan is home to the largest Nissan showroom in Ontario. Our state-of-the-art sales center and experienced team of product advisors can help you choose the right new or used vehicle for your busy lifestyle. Can’t decide between crossover or small sedan? Let us walk you through the pros-and-cons of each and help you find the right fit. Come test drive a 2019 Nissan Altima today!

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