When you're on the search for a reliable vehicle for your commutes around St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, MO, you're going to want something packed with advanced performance features, and a comfortable interior cabin. Two models you may be considering are the Nissan Altima and the Honda Civic.

Here at St. Charles Nissan, we want to help our drivers every single step of the way through their car-buying journey, and we know that starts right here with the research process. In order to make it as easy as possible for you, we created this handy breakdown of the 2020 Nissan Altima vs. 2020 Honda Civic. Now, let's see how these two stack up against one another.

Performance Features

To get started, we'll go right under the hood of these two sedans.

In the Altima, you'll find the standard 2.5L 4-Cylinder engine, which produces 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque capability. Over in the Civic, the standard In-Line 4-Cylinder engine only produces 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque capability.

Both engines offer a second available engine as well: In the Altima the available 2.0L VC-TURBO engine delivers a whopping 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque capability. Once again, the Civic falls short, with the available In-Line 4-Cylinder with Turbocharger only delivering 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

We know how icy and snowy the winter months can get. Luckily, with the Altima, you're going to get an available all-wheel drive system which provides advanced stability and traction control. The Civic only offers a front-wheel system.

Interior Cabin Space and Comfort


Both vehicles sit five people, but how much room are you actually getting?

In the Altima, you're going to get 100.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Civic only provides 97.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. Back in the trunk of the Altima, you'll also find 15.4 cubic feet of storage room. The Civic provides 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

2020 Nissan Altima


2020 Honda Civic

43.8 in.

Front Legroom

42.3 in.

58.2 in.

Front Shoulder Room

57 in.

57.1 in.

Rear Shoulder Room

55 in.

54.7 in.

Front Hip Room

53.7 in.

54.5 in.

Rear Hip Room

47.3 in.

Passengers in the Nissan Altima are going to have much more legroom, shoulder room, and hip room to stretch out and relax.

Safety Features

The 2020 Altima comes equipped with the standard Nissan Safety Shield 360® suite, which includes six driver-assistant safety features.

  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist

The 2020 Civic comes equipped with a similar safety system, the Honda Sensing® Safety Suite, but it does not come with a blind spot monitoring system.a

The Verdict: 2020 Nissan Altima vs Honda Civic

While both of these vehicles may be a great choice for your commutes around St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, MO, it's clear the Nissan Altima out-performs the Honda Civic in crucial categories like performance, safety, and interior cabin space.

Here at St. Charles Nissan, we're dedicated to helping you find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. For more information or to schedule a 2020 Nissan Altima test drive, give us a call or stop by today!

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