Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Toyota Camry VS 2017 Nissan Altima Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Toyota Camry

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2018 Toyota Camry

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2017 Nissan Altima

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Nissan Altima Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Altima Sedan doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Altima Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Altima Sedan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Camry (except L) offers optional Safety Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Altima Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

Warranty Comparison

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Altima Sedan.

There are over 14 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Camry has more powerful engines than the Altima Sedan:




Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

179 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

251 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







L 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/41 hwy

27 city/39 hwy



4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy




XSE 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

26 city/37 hwy



XLE V6/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

22 city/32 hwy



XSE V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy



Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Camry’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Altima Sedan:




Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Camry XSE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Altima Sedan 2.5 SR/3.5’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camry XSE has standard 19-inch wheels. The Altima Sedan’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Camry has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Altima Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camry’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Altima Sedan (111.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Camry has 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear hip room than the Altima Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Altima Sedan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Camry and the Altima Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Altima Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Camry’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Altima Sedan’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Altima Sedan’s optional power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Camry has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Altima Sedan Base 2.5.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Camry detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Altima Sedan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Recommendations Comparison

The Toyota Camry outsold the Nissan Altima Sedan by 28% during the 2016 model year.

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