Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Altima VS 2015 Toyota Camry Near Macon, GA

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2015 Nissan Altima

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2015 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

Compared to metal, the Altima Sedan’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Camry has a metal gas tank.

Both the Altima Sedan and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Altima Sedan as a “Top Pick” for 2014. The Camry has not been tested, yet.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (182 vs. 178) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 170) than the Camry’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Altima Sedan 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 2 more horsepower (270 vs. 268) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 248) than the Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Altima Sedan 2.5 is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

Altima Sedan


Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.5 sec

13.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.2 MPH

88.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Camry:

Altima Sedan


4 cyl./Auto

27 city/38 hwy

25 city/35 hwy


22 city/32 hwy

21 city/31 hwy

The Altima Sedan has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Camry (18 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Altima Sedan stops shorter than the Camry:

Altima Sedan


60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima Sedan has larger standard tires than the Camry (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16). The Altima Sedan 3.5’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

The Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry LE’s standard 65 series tires.

The Altima Sedan has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Camry doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5 SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Camry XLE (27.1 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan 2.5/2.5 S’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Camry’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 3.4 inches more front legroom than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Altima Sedan easier. The Altima Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.9 inches, while the Camry’s liftover is 28.2 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Altima offers cargo security. The Camry’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Altima Sedan offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Camry doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the front windows are left down on the Altima Sedan the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Camry can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Altima Sedan’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Camry’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Altima Sedan SL’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Altima Sedan won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2012 issue and they ranked the Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 SV higher than the Toyota Camry XLE.

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