Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Altima VS 2017 Toyota Camry Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Altima

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2017 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Altima Sedan as “Superior.” The Camry scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Toyota Camry:

 

Altima Sedan

Camry

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

19%

33%

Neck Stress

216 lbs.

462 lbs.

Neck Compression

59 lbs.

93 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

32/46 lbs.

479/545 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the Toyota Camry:

 

Altima Sedan

Camry

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

677 lbs.

734 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

361

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

711 lbs.

975 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan 2.5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 1 more horsepower (179 vs. 178) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 170) than the Camry’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

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

 

Altima Sedan

Camry

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

Camry

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./CVT

27 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/37 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

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

Camry

 

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 2.5 SR/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).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Altima Sedan 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 Sedan 2.5 SV is quieter than the Camry SE (38 vs. 41 dB).

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 26.5 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’s optional (except Base/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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Camry because typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the Camry, including $33 less for a water pump, $117 less for a starter, $249 less for front struts, $1465 less for a timing belt/chain and $206 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima Sedan second 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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