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Nissan Altima vs. Toyota Prius

When comparing the Nissan Altima to the Toyota Prius, the Nissan Altima has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and base engine power. The Toyota Prius has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Nissan Altima versus the Toyota Prius, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Nissan Altima versus Toyota Prius Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan Altima ranges from $18,703 to $28,693 while a used Toyota Prius from the same model year range is priced between $23,900 to $35,866. For a new model, the Nissan Altima's price is between $26,564 and $36,309, with the Toyota Prius priced between $26,672 and $36,076.

Nissan Altima versus Toyota Prius Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan Altima is 8.3 out of 10 while the Toyota Prius' quality rating is 9.1 out of 10. This results in the Nissan Altima being ranked 5 out of 8 Best Midsize Cars for the Money and the Toyota Prius being ranked 1 out of 23 Best Hybrid Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Nissan Altima’s base engine makes 188 horsepower, and the Toyota Prius base engine makes 121 horsepower. The Altima is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 632 miles. The Prius is rated to deliver an average of 52 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 565 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Toyota Prius, a hybrid compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, rear head room, and trunk space. The Nissan Altima, a midsize car, has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Prius have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Nissan Altima has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Nissan Altima

2022 Toyota Prius

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,564 - $36,309

Used Asking Price:

$18,703 - $28,693

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,672 - $36,076

Used Asking Price:

$23,900 - $35,866

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.3 / 10

Reliability:

8.3 / 10

Retained Value:

6.7 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

9.1 / 10

Reliability:

8.9 / 10

Retained Value:

8.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 13
4 / 13
5 / 8
6 / 13
6 / 13

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 23
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1 / 3
7 / 23

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Hybrid

Trim Levels

2.0 SR, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL

Trim Levels

L Eco, LE, XLE, Limited, Nightshade, LE AWD-e, XLE AWD-e, Nightshade AWD-e

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

180 foot-lbs @ 3600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.058 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

Not yet available

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.040 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 39 / 32

Range (city/hwy):

437 / 632 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.8 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

54 / 50 / 52

Range (city/hwy):

610 / 565 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.1 inches

Cargo Space:

15.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

100.6 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

27.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

120.5 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3253 lbs

Width:

72.9 inches

Height:

56.7 inches

Length:

192.9 inches

Wheelbase:

111.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3010 lbs

Width:

69.3 inches

Height:

57.9 inches

Length:

180 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P215/60R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P195/65R15