Nissan Altima vs. Toyota Camry

The Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry have been battling it out as relative equals in the mid-sized sedan market. The Camry leans on an established style and brand. In contrast, the Nissan Altima saw a massive overhaul and redesign in 2019 that provided the Altima with an update that brought it into the modern era. Each vehicle has a history of reliability and is competent in all aspects of a contemporary sedan. But, if both are so close, which is the most practical choice? Let's dive in and take a deeper look at the Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.

Specifications Comparison of the Altima vs. Camry

The Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry have very similar engines and styles, with slight differences. We will examine the most recent models as an example breakdown.

Nissan Altima Engine Features And Specs

  • Engine Power: 188 hp @ 6,000 rpm
  • Torque: 180 ft-lbs. @ 3,600 rpm
  • Engine Configuration: Inline 4
  • Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
  • Fuel Economy: 28 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway / 32 MPG Combined

Toyota Camry Engine Features And Specs

  • Engine Power: 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm
  • Torque: 184 ft-lbs. @ 5,000 rpm
  • Engine Configuration: Inline 4
  • Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
  • Fuel Economy: 28 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway / 32 MPG Combined

Regarding engine build quality, the Nissan Altima and Camry will need similar maintenance and have near-equal specifications. The Toyota Camry has slightly more power and torque while maintaining an equivalent fuel economy. However, you can still go further in an Altima due to a larger fuel tank.

Interior And Infotainment

While the Camry and Altima have similar design principles, there is a stark difference in quality when it comes to the interior. The Nissan Altima wins the interior battle by being slightly more distinguished in almost every regard. Additional headroom, leg room, and extra cargo space make the Altima one of the roomiest sedans on the road. Additionally, the Altima comes armed with the most extensive infotainment screen available in its class at 12.3" compared to the Camry's 9" display. The bright displays and extra room are also assisted by Nissan's patented zero gravity seats, allowing drivers and passengers in an Altima to experience less discomfort on a long drive.

Safety Breakdown

The Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry have received 5-star safety ratings from the NHTSA board on all their vehicles in the past three years. They both meet the minimum criteria and are incredibly safe cars to drive. However, the Nissan Altima with its Nissan 360 safety system has a few extra bells and whistles on standard models, which include:

  • Class-Exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Class-Exclusive Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • 360 Degree Camera for easy parking and blindspot detection.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection


Ultimate Conclusion

Finally, we will look at the price of each car and crown a winner. The newest line of Toyota Camry vehicles retails for $26,220, while new Nissan Altima’s have an MSRP of $25,290. With equal mileage and lifetime costs, the difference in price between the Camry and Altima is incredibly narrow, and it will fall to preference when choosing your next sedan.

Regarding performance, the Camry wins by a small margin. However, the Nissan Altima is the better choice as a total package. With more cargo space, a lower price, an incredible interior, and one of the best safety systems on the market, the Nissan Altima is the superior sedan.

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