Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Altima VS 2018 Toyota Camry Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Altima

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2018 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

Both the Altima 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Altima 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.3 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Altima uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Camry XSE/XLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Altima has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Altima has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 16 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima has larger standard tires than the Camry (215/60R16 vs. 205/65R16).

The Altima 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 L’s standard 65 series tires.

The Altima 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 has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Altima 2.5 SL handles at .84 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Altima 2.5 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Camry doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Altima 2.5 SV is quieter than the Camry SE (38 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Altima has a larger trunk than the Camry (15.4 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

The Altima’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

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

Consumer Reports rated the Altima’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Camry’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

On extremely cold winter days, the Altima’s optional (except S/SR) 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

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Camry, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Camry isn’t in the top three.

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