2022 Nissan Almera vs Honda City Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Jan 12, 2023

It’s a slugfest between two sporty-looking subcompact sedans.

In this article...

  1. Top-spec sedan duel
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Price
  7. Conclusion

Nissan Almera vs Honda City: Top-spec sedan duel

This year, the local subcompact sedan market is getting more competitive. That’s because Nissan Philippines has just released the all-new Almera for the 2022 model year. It comes with a lot of improvements inside and out, and it gets significant updates in the tech department. 

In turn, Honda Cars Philippines also introduced the all-new City, which gains a totally new exterior and interior look, as well as a lot more on-board features. 

So, which of these two sedans are better when it comes to onboard specs? To find out, let’s compare the top-spec 2022 Nissan Almera VL 1.0 Turbo N-Sport CVT against the top-of-the-line 2021 Honda City Sedan RS 1.5 CVT. 

Nissan Almera vs Honda City

Which top-spec sedan offers the better specs?

Nissan Almera vs Honda City: Exterior

In terms of dimensions, the Nissan Almera VL N-Sport has a length of 4,530mm, a width of 1,740mm, and a height of 2,620mm. It also has a ground clearance of 135mm. 

The Nissan Almera VL N-Sport parked in the middle of a bridge

The Nissan Almera VL N-Sport

Meanwhile, the City RS is 4,553mm long, 1,748mm wide, and 1,476mm in height. Its wheelbase then stretches up to 2,600mm, and it has a ground clearance of 134mm. 

Nissan Almera VL N-Sport 1.0 Turbo CVT 


Honda City RS 1.5 CVT 














Ground Clearance 


So, in comparing the two, the top-spec Honda sedan is slightly longer and wider than the top-spec Almera. Then again, the latter has a slightly longer wheelbase. In terms of ground clearance though, the difference is marginal. 

A picture of the Honda City RS parked near some trees

The Honda City RS

As for exterior equipment, both the Almera VL N-Sport and the City RS come standard with LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, LED taillights, LED front fog lamps, as well as power-folding side mirrors. 

Nissan Almera VL N-Sport 1.0 Turbo CVT 

Exterior Equipment 

Honda City RS 1.5 CVT 





Daytime Running Lights 



Turn signal lamps 






Front Fog lights 



Wheel size 



Wheel type 


As the sportier top-spec trims of their respective variant lineups, both cars also have some bits that make them stand out. Specifically, both are kitted out with fancier 16-inch wheels, and grilles that look different to their lower-spec counterparts. 

Nissan Almera vs Honda City: Interior

Inside, the 2022 Nissan Almera’s specs are somewhat similar to the Honda City’s interior. Both can seat up to five, both have manually adjustable driver’s seats, automatic air-conditioning systems, push-to-start buttons, and both have tilt and telescopic steering wheel columns. 

A picture of the interior of the Nissan Almera

A peek into the Nissan Almera's cockpit

Then again, there are differences. For instance, the City RS seats are clad in a combination of leather and suede. In turn, the Almera VL N-Sport has leather seats. The rear seats of the Nissan model can also be folded with a 60:40 split, and it comes with an armrest. The City’s rears meanwhile do have a center armrest, but lack the split-fold function. 

Nissan Almera VL N-Sport 1.0 Turbo CVT 

Interior Equipment 

Honda City RS 1.5 CVT 


Seat Material 

Suede and Leather 


Driver’s seat adjustment 


Tilt and Telescopic 

Steering wheel adjustment 

Tilt and Telescopic 

Single-zone automatic 

Air-conditioning type 

Automatic air-conditioning 

Push Button 


Push button 

Seating capacity 

For on-board entertainment, the top-spec trim of the Almera is equipped with an eight-inch headunit with Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, USB, aux-jack, and a radio tuner. It is then connected to a six-piece speaker system. 

A picture of the interior of the Honda City RS

While the top-spec Almera gets a two-tone interior, the City RS is predominantly black

On the flip side, the Honda City RS gets a similarly sized eight-inch touchscreen headunit. It does however have more connectivity options as it comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, Weblink, and a USB port. The City RS also gets eight speakers, which is significantly more than the Almera’s. 

Nissan Almera VL N-Sport 1.0 Turbo CVT 

On-board tech 

Toyota Vios GR-S 1.5 CVT 

8-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

8-inch touchscreen 

Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB, Aux 

Connectivity options 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, Weblink 

6 speakers 

# of speakers 

8 speakers 



Offline Navigation 



Power-folding side mirror 


Nissan Almera vs Honda City: Engine and Performance

Moving on to engines, the Nissan Almera VL N-Sport and the rest of the Almera variants are powered by a 1.0-liter inline-3 turbocharged gasoline engine. At maximum, this three-banger can produce up to 98 horsepower and 152 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front through an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

A picture of the Nissan Almera's engine

The 2022 Nissan Almera's 1.0-liter turbocharged engine

In turn, City RS as well as the other Honda City variants in the Philippines are propelled by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. At most, this engine can churn out 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its front wheels. 

In summary, the City RS’s engine makes more horsepower and torque than the Nissan Almera’s. Then again, the Honda-made sedan is a bit heavier with its curb weight of 1,120 kg. The Almera meanwhile is a bit lighter at 1,103kg. 

A picture of the Honda City's engine

The 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-4 gasoline engine powering the Honda City

Like the Almera, the City RS also gets a CVT, but it also has paddle shifters which are absent on the Nissan. In turn, the Nissan model comes with idle start/stop. Both models also come with a hand-operated parking manual parking brake, and disc brakes for all four wheels.


Nissan Almera VL N-Sport 1.0 Turbo CVT 

Honda City RS 1.5 CVT 


Inline-3 turbo gasoline 









98 horsepower  

119 horsepower 


152 Nm 

145 Nm 




Nissan Almera vs Honda City: Safety

So far, the Almera VL N-Sport and the City RS are pretty much on par with each other except for their engine outputs. 

For safety though, the top-spec Almera clearly has an advantage over the Honda as it is equipped with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility driver assist safety suite. This includes features like a 360-degree view monitor with object detection, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert. 

A picture of an Almera pulling out of a parking slot

The Almera, or at least its top-spec variant, is one of the few sedans with this amount of driver assist tech

The Honda City RS lacks those features, but like the Almera, the Honda sedan does have hill-start assist stability control, anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Moreover, the City Sedan RS is equipped with cruise control, a feature that’s not available in the Almera.  

And lastly, both the Honda City RS and the Nissan Almera VL N-Sport come standard with six airbags. 

Nissan Almera VL N-Sport 1.0 Turbo CVT 

Safety equipment 

Honda City RS 1.5 CVT 



Antilock braking with EBD 



Reverse Camera 



360-degree camera 



Cruise control 



Hill-start assist 



Stability control 



ISOFIX child seat tethers 



Lane departure warning 



Blind-spot detection 



Engine immobilizer 



Security alarm 



Speed sensing door locks 



Emergency braking 


Nissan Almera vs Honda City: Price

Nissan Almera Variants 


Almera EL 1.0 Turbo MT 

Php 728,000 

Almera VE 1.0 Turbo MT 

Php 938,000 

Almera VE 1.0 Turbo CVT 

Php 998,000 

Almera VL 1.0 Turbo N-Sport CVT 

Php 1,098,000 

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Honda City Variants 


City S 1.5 MT 

Php 848,000 

City S 1.5 CVT 

Php 888,000 

City V 1.5 CVT 

Php 978,000 

City RS 1.5 CVT 

Php 1,058,000 


Nissan Almera vs Honda City: Conclusion

As per the tables above, the Honda City’s price in the Philippines sits at a slightly higher starting point. This is especially true of two lower-spec City S trims. As for the top-spec trims though, the City RS is far more affordable than the Almera VL N-Sport. 

A picture of the rear of the 2022 Nissan Almera

Check out the 2022 Almera's rear end

The latter is of course unsurprising since the Almera gets a lot of driver-assist tech which the City lacks. As a matter of fact, the said Nissan model might be the only Japanese-branded sedan in its segment and price point that comes with autonomous braking. This makes it great for those who are particular about safety, and those who are looking into using the Almera VL N-Sport as a family car. 

A picture of the rear of the Honda City RS while parked near some trees

The Honda City RS' rear end

In contrast to that, the Honda City in general provides a lot more power and torque than the Nissan Almera. It even has paddle shifters which are absent on the Almera. To this end, if you want a sportier-feeling sedan, you might want to lean more towards the City. 

If you want more information, you can check out our 2021 Honda City Review. We are yet to publish a 2022 Nissan Almera review, so keep reading here on Philkotse because that one’s coming. 

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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