Nissan Altima vs Toyota Camry Comparison

nissan altima vs toyota camry comparison

When it comes to the production of luxury sedans Toyota has proven that they are legendary. Their sedans offer power, practicality, and luxury. In the Nissan lineup, the Nissan Altima has proven to have the muscles to compete in the sedan category.

The Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima are two technologically advanced sedans and in this article, you will get to understand what makes these two articles great by taking a look at their interior, exterior, engine capacity, engine performance, and safety features. If you love sedans, it is hard to reject the interior, engine performance, exterior looks, and safety features when comparing the Nissan Altima vs Toyota Camry.

N.B: Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD prices as of June 2022

 Nissan AltimaToyota Camry
Capacity/Doors4 doors/5 seater4 doors/5 seater
Torque241 Nm – 370 Nm221 Nm – 346 Nm
Top Speed240 Kph180 Kph
0-100 km/h5.8 sec – 7.4 sec6.5 sec – 27 sec
Max Power182 hp – 248 hp118 hp – 276 hp
Engine2.0L – 2.5L1.8L – 3.5L
Fuel Tank Capacity68L70L
Key FeaturesLane departure monitoring

and adaptive cruise control,

Rear emergency braking,

automatic high beams, Traffic

sign recognition
Standard forward-collision warning

and automated emergency

braking, Standard lane-departure

warning and lane-keeping assist,

Standard adaptive cruise control
Fuel Consumption14.4 km/l – 17.5 km/l9.3 km/l – 14.1 km/l
Length x Width x Height4.89×1.84×1.44 m4.87×1.83×1.45 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 2,600 – 21,844 USD 2,800 – 42,300

Interior & Exterior Comparison

Nissan Altima 

The Nissan Altima is a mid-size car manufactured by Nissan Motors since 1992. The Altima has historically been a large car while offering more power and luxury.

(a) Cabin Storage

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The Altima has adequate interior space and is more than competent and has several strong qualities. It looks sharp, roomy, and comfortable. In the rear seat, 3 adults can comfortably fit with enough legroom and headroom.

The 2019 Altima is equipped with standard features including 4 USB ports, an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, 6 speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Android Auto capability, and Apple CarPlay.

Available storage options include a glove box, door panel storage, a center box, and 2 cup holders between the front seats, while at the rear, there is door panel storage, front-seat jacket pockets, and 2 cup holders attached to a folded armrest.

 (b) Cargo Space

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The 2019 Altima has a cargo space of about 15.4 cubic feet, which is reasonable for the level of its class. The wide cargo area opening makes it easy to load bulky items, but the boot hinges may hinder cargo flexibility.

Exterior

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The 2019 Altima exterior styling has been designed with a taller grille and rectangular headlights. Along the sides, for an exciting new exterior appearance, the Altima has character lines in the license plate area. Nissan has reshaped the front bumper area completely by adding taillights that are more streamlined.

Toyota Camry

Since 1982, the Toyota Camry is sold internationally by the Japanese auto manufacturer Toyota, spanning multiple generations.  Since the 1990s the Camry has developed to fit the mid-size classification (wide-body)—although the 2 widths co-existed in that decade. Originally Camry is a compact in size (narrow-body).

The Camry nameplate was delegated to a 4 door sedan model in Japan between 1979 and 1982, known as the Celica Camry. In 1982 Camry became an independent model line with the V10 series, Camry was available as a 5-door liftback in addition to the sedan.

(a) Cabin Storage

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The Toyota Camry has a spacious and luxurious cabin, and there’s sufficient interior storage in both its trunk and in its cabin with the back seat folded. Inside, the latest Camry comes fitted with Toyota’s touchscreen infotainment system—called Entune 3.0, Bluetooth, etc.

Inside the cabin, there are several storage facilities that are useful for keeping items such as beverages, goggles, smartphones, handbags, etc. In the 1st row there are 2 cup-holders, door pockets, glovebox, and center box while in the 2nd row, you will have access to door pockets.

 (b) Cargo Space

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Toyota Camry comes with plenty of cargo space in its trunk and in its cabin with the option of folding the back seat for extra space.

Exterior

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The new Camry comes fitted with a black headlight and taillight trim to match the black front grille, mirror caps, badges, and rear spoiler. 

Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

(NB: I have swapped Nissan Altima details to the top and Camry below to follow sequence)

Nissan Altima 

(a) Engine & Performance

nissan altima silver engine

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The 2019 Altima comes fitted with the option of either a 2.5L I4 (PR25DD) e-VTC, 2.0L I4 (MR20DE) (specific for the Chinese market), or 2.0L I4 (KR20DDET) VC-T gasoline engine. These engines are mated to a Jatco CVT8 Xtronic CVT transmission.

The 2019 Altima equipped with a 2.5L engine can produce a maximum output power of 188 hp, the 2.0L engine produces 182 hp, and the 2.0L variable compression turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that replaces the V6 powertrain in the previous generation produces 248 hp.

(b) Fuel Consumption

The 2019 Altima powered by a 2.0L engine is rated up to 14.4 km/l, and an Altima powered by a 2.5L engine is rated to a 17.5 km/l.

Toyota Camry

(a) Engine & Performance

toyota camry black engine

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The Camry XV40 (2006 – 2013) received even greater differentiation between the “regular” model sold in Japan (including internationally) and the “prestige” sold in the rest of Asia. The Camry (sold in Japan and internationally) comes fitted with 4-cylinder engines sold alongside the V6-engined prestige Camry in the Middle East and Oceania as the Toyota Aurion.

Camry’s power comes from a choice of 4 and 6-cylinder engines. The 2AZ-FE 2.4L I4 engine was carried over and produced 158 hp and attached to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The 2GR-FE 3.5L V6 in contrast came with a new 6-speed automatic and produced 268 hp 

In early 2009 the Camry was facelifted for the 2010 model year with a reshaped fascia, taillights, and an all-new 2AR-FE 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a new 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5L engine produces 169 hp for the base, LE, and XLE models, and 179 hp for the SE. Power locks, tires (205–225 mm or 8.1–8.9 in), stability control, and traction control were also made standard for 2010. A 6-speed manual transmission was available on the base model.

(b) Fuel Consumption

The Toyota Camry powered by the V-6 engine is rated at 9.3 km/l in cities and up to 14.0 km/l on highways while a 4-cylinder Camry SE is rated at 19.1 km/l.

The Verdict

Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima are two good midsize Japanese sedans that are practical, powerful, and efficient cars.

Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry also offer security and safety features for both passengers and drivers but the new Camry offers advanced safety features and more luxury than Nissan Altima. Whatever version between Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry you’re looking for, Toyota can offer you a variety of options for you beyond your anticipation. To purchase one of these vehicles between Altima and Camry visit BE FORWARD.

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Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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