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2020 Honda Civic Si vs. 2021 Nissan Altima Review

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2020 Honda
Civic Si

MSRP*: $25,200 to $25,400
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2021 Nissan
Altima

MSRP*: $24,450 to $34,250
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Invoice* $23,405 to $23,590 $22,790 to $31,904
MPG - City 26 MPG 25 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 36 MPG 34 - 39 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 14.7 ft3 15.4 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual, Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 205 hp 182 - 236 hp
Exterior Length 182.8 in 192.9 in
Exterior Width 70.8 in 72.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 43.8 in
Rear 35.2 in
Head Room Front 37.5 in
Rear 36.8 in
Front 38.0 - 39.2 in
Rear 36.7 - 36.9 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Honda Civic Si than the Nissan Altima. The Nissan Altima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Honda Civic Si.

Convenience
With the Nissan Altima you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Honda Civic Si, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Honda Civic Si will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Nissan Altima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Honda Civic Si will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Altima.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Civic Si is much slimmer than the Nissan Altima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Honda Civic Si, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Nissan Altima.

Handling
The Honda Civic Si has about the same turning radius as the Nissan Altima, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Civic Si is somewhat more powerful than the Nissan Altima.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Honda Civic Si transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Nissan Altima.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Honda Civic Si and the Nissan Altima. The Honda Civic Si has less cargo capacity than the Nissan Altima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Honda Civic Si comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Nissan Altima.