Ancira Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Altima VS 2018 Toyota Camry Near New Braunfels, TX

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2018 Nissan Altima

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2018 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

Both the Altima and the Camry Hybrid 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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Altima its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Camry Hybrid has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Altima third among midsize cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Camry Hybrid isn’t in the top three in its category.

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

The Altima 3.5’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 62 more horsepower (270 vs. 208) than the Camry Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

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



Camry Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.9 sec

Top Speed

119 MPH

116 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Altima has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry Hybrid (18 vs. 13 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima has larger standard tires than the Camry Hybrid (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 Hybrid’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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Altima 2.5 SL handles at .85 G’s, while the Camry Hybrid XLE pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Altima may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 250 pounds less than the Toyota Camry Hybrid.

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 Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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