Nissan Altima 3.5 SL vs Acura TLX: A smarter choice is within reach

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2017 Nissan Altima exterior price and specs

2017 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL

MSRP $32,690
MPG RATING 22/32
SPEED CVT
ENGINE 3.5L V6
2017 Acura TLX in San Marino Red comparison

2017 Acura TLX V6

MSRP $35,4501
MPG RATING 21/342
SPEED 9
ENGINE 3.5L V6

2017 TLX Special APR

0.9%

APR for 60 months

For well qualified buyers and buyers that qualify for the Acura Graduate Program criteria

2017 TLX Special APR

0.9% APR for 24-60 months or 1.9% APR for 61-72 months.

For well qualified buyers and buyers that qualify for the Acura Graduate Program criteria

Special APR offer valid on new and unregistered 2017 TLX Models from July 6, 2017 through September 5, 2017, to well qualified buyers on approved credit by Acura Financial Services through participating dealers. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by September 5, 2017. Not all buyers may qualify. Higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Example for 2017 TLX: 0.9% for 60 months financing at $17.05 a month for every $1,000.00 financed. Dealers set actual prices. See your Acura dealer for details.



2017 Acura TLX exterior headlights background

Acura TLX vs Nissan Altima 3.5 SL: Experience next-level performance


2017 Acura TLX V6 Sedan

9 Speed Automatic
with P-AWS®:

2017 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL Sedan

Continuously Variable Transmission

If it’s performance you’re seeking, you can do a great deal better than the Nissan Altima 3.5 SL, for a fraction more in price.

TLX is the essence of affordable sport luxury, with Precision All-Wheel Steer™, Agile Handling Assist® to aid in cornering, and a 9-speed, automatic transmission paired with a 290-horsepower V6 engine. Altima’s CVT is paired with a 270-hp engine, and lacks a host of other features that make the already narrow gap in price disappear altogether in that first rush of TLX power and precision.

2017 Acura TLX engine components background

Attractively stylish, impeccable and thoughtfully detailed, loaded with useful technology, beautifully finished, the exquisite 2016 Acura TLX will be wonderful for buyers but perhaps not so amusing for the competition.

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2017 Acura TLX exterior features In crystal black pearl

Acura TLX vs Nissan Altima 3.5 SL: It’s in the details

Getting much more than Altima won’t cost you much more

2017 Acura TLX body build in factory

Drive with Assurance

The TLX earns a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA4 and offers available equipment designed to help increase both awareness and protection.
Collision mitigation braking system on Acura TLX

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)5

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) uses audio, visual and tactile signals to help reduce the risk of a frontal collision.

road departure mitigation system on 2017 Acura TLX

Road Departure Mitigation System6

Road Departure Mitigation helps alert drivers to undesired lane or road departures, and can take active countermeasures to help bring the vehicle back into its lane of travel.

Lane keeping assist system on 2017 Acura TLX

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)7

TLX’s Lane Keeping Assist System uses forward-facing cameras to keep the car centered and guard against drift, gently guiding the car back to the middle of a detected lane.

TLX for the win

All standards are not created equal

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COMPARABLE 2WD MODELS
Acura TLX V6 P-AWS®
Nissan Altima 3.5 SL V6
Starting At
$35,4501
$32,690
Performance
3.5L SOHC V6
3.5L DOHC V6
Automatic Transmission
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable (CVT)
V6 Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)
290 @ 6200
270 @ 6400
EPA MPG Rating2 (city / hwy / combined)
21 / 34 / 25
22 / 32 / 26
All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS®)
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
2-Wheel Drive Train
Front-Wheel
Front-Wheel
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net)
267 @ 4500
251 @ 4400
Agile Handling Assist
STANDARD
Active Understeer Control
Amplitude-Reactive Dampers
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Integrated Dynamic System
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Safety
Tire Pressure Monitoring System w/ Tire Fill Assist
STANDARD
STANDARD
Comfort & Convenience
Hill Start Assist
STANDARD
STANDARD
Remote-Operated Windows & Moonroof
STANDARD
STANDARD (windows only)
Keyless Access System w/ Smart Entry Push Button Ignition
STANDARD
STANDARD
Rear Camera
MULTI-VIEW3
SINGLE-VIEW
Exterior
Jewel Eye® LED Headlights
STANDARD
Jewel Eye® Not Available (LED Headlights STANDARD)
Capless Fuel Fill System
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Wheels & Tires
18"
18"
Interior
On-Demand Multi-Use Display™
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Heated Front Seats
STANDARD
STANDARD
Active Sound Control
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
AWD MODELS
Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD®
AWD Not Available
Starting At
$41,7001 (TLX 3.5 V6 9-AT SH-AWD® with Technology Package)
3.5L V6
AWD Transmission
9-Speed Automatic
AWD Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)
290 @ 6200
AWD EPA MPG2 Rating (city / hwy / combined)
21 / 31 / 25
All-Wheel Drive Train
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net)
267 @ 4500
Acura TLX white exterior on race track

Don't just take our word. Experience TLX for yourself.

PAGE DISCLAIMERS

  • 1Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Destination & Handling charge is $950 for sedans and $975 for SUVs. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.
  • 2Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.
  • 3Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rear view camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.
  • 4Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
  • 5Depending on the circumstances, CMBS may not go through all of the alert stages before initiating the last stage of collision mitigation. The driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision.
  • 6Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle's departure from a detected lane. RDM may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
  • 7LKAS only assists driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
  • 8Ordinary maintenance items or adjustments, parts subject to normal wear and replacement, and certain other items are excluded.
  • 9When installed at the time of new-vehicle delivery.
  • 10See your local dealer for details about Total Luxury Care® (TLC), Roadside Assistance, and Concierge Service.
COMPARABLE 2WD MODELS
2017 Acura TLX 9 speed sedan in san marino red Acura TLX V6 P-AWS®
2017 Nissan Altima exterior in white Nissan Altima 3.5 SL V6
Starting At
$35,4501
$32,690
3.5L SOHC V6
3.5L DOHC V6
Automatic Transmission
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable (CVT)
V6 Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)
290 @ 6200
270 @ 6400
EPA MPG Rating2 (city / hwy / combined)
21 / 34 / 25
22 / 32 / 26
All-Wheel Steering (P-AWS®)
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
2-Wheel Drive Train
Front-Wheel
Front-Wheel
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net)
267 @ 4500
251 @ 4400
Agile Handling Assist
STANDARD
Active Understeer Control
Amplitude-Reactive Dampers
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Integrated Dynamic System
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
AWD MODELS
Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD®
AWD Not Available
Starting At
$41,7001 (TLX 3.5 V6 9-AT SH-AWD® with Technology Package)
3.5L V6
AWD Transmission
9-Speed Automatic
AWD Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)
290 @ 6200
AWD EPA MPG Rating2 (city / hwy / combined)
21 / 31 / 25
All-Wheel Drive Train
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net)
267 @ 4500
ALL SEDANS
Acura TLX V6 P-AWS®
Nissan Altima 3.5 SL V6
Comfort & Convenience
Hill Start Assist
STANDARD
STANDARD
Remote-Operated Windows & Moonroof
STANDARD
STANDARD (windows only)
Keyless Access System w/ Smart Entry Push Button Ignition
STANDARD
STANDARD
Rear Camera
MULTI-VIEW3
SINGLE-VIEW
Exterior
Jewel Eye® LED Headlights
STANDARD
Jewel Eye® Not Available (LED Headlights STANDARD)
Capless Fuel Fill System
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Wheels & Tires
18"
18"
Interior
On-Demand Multi-Use Display™
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Heated Front Seats
STANDARD
STANDARD
Active Sound Control
STANDARD
NOT AVAILABLE
Interior Dimensions
Headroom (Front/Rear, with sunroof)
37.2 / 36.7
39.1 / 37.1
Front Shoulder Room
57.5
56.4
Rear Shoulder Room
55.4
56.4
Leg Room (inches, Front)
42.6
45
Leg Room (inches, Rear)
34.5
36.1
Hiproom Front
55.3
54
Hiproom Rear
54.9
52.1
Exterior Dimensions
Length
190.3
191.9
Height
57
57.9
Overall Width with Mirrors (in)
73
72
Safety
Tire Pressure Monitoring System w/ Tire Fill Assist
STANDARD
STANDARD
Warranty
Powertrain Warranty
6-year/70,000 miles8
5-year/60,000 miles
Vehicle
4-year/50,000 miles8
3-years/36,000 miles
Outer Body Rust-through
5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
Acura Genuine Accessories
4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty9
12 months or 12,000 miles
Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC) w/ Roadside Assistance
4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty10
3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty