2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Nissan Altima 

2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Nissan Altima

All-new for 2019, the Mazda3 and the Nissan Altima return with an emphasis on cutting-edge technology, safety features and superb styling. With both of these models at the top of their game, we’re excited to see how the lineups compare. Read on to see who’s still standing when the dust settles in this comparison of the 2019 Mazda3 and the 2019 Nissan Altima.

Under the hood of the 2019 Mazda3, the standard SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L engine hammers out 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. All 2019 Nissan Altima models feature a standard 2.5L inline engine on par with 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The Altima also offers an optional 2.0-liter VC-Turbo good for 248 horsepower and 280 lb-ft, but that’s not standard on any trim and will involve a pretty steep investment. You can find more details on the two lineups in the graph below.

2019 Mazda3 


2019 Nissan Altima 

$21,000  Starting MSRP $24,000 
SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 16-valve 4-cylinder (186 hp)  Base Engine  2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder (188 hp) 
13.2 - 20.1 cubic feet  Cargo Volume  15.4 cubic feet 
8.8-inch MAZDA CONNECT™  Infotainment System  8-inch NissanConnect® 

Comparing the Technology and Driver-Assistance Systems of the 2019 Mazda3 and 2019 Nissan Altima 

The Mazda3 wins the game in audio with a standard 8-speaker system that gets upgraded to a 12-speaker Bose® setup in upper trims. In the Altima, we start with a standard 6-speaker system and end with a 9-speaker Bose® setup. While the Mazda3 comes through with a larger touchscreen (8.8” vs 8”), the Altima offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto earlier in the lineup.

The Altima has had a good go, but we’ve been holding something back. Mazda continues to set its models apart from the rest of the market with a driver-assistance package that reaches far past the benchmark. On all models beyond the base level, the 2019 Mazda3 comes equipped with Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart Brake Support, Driver Attention Alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, a Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist and High Beam Control.

The Altima manages to fit a few of those features into the lineup, but they’re largely reserved for the highest trim levels. With that ace in the pocket, it’s really not a fair fight. Sorry, Nissan! Better luck next time!

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