2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Nissan Altima

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Safety

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The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Altima doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 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.

Both the Camry and the Altima have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Altima is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

Warranty

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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.

There are over 15 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 second in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Nissan is ranked 11th.

Engine

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The Camry has more powerful engines than the Altima:

Horsepower

Torque

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

Altima 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

182 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Altima 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

188 HP

180 lbs.-ft.

Altima 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

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

Camry

Altima

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19 sec

19.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.9 sec

8.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.8 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.5 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

119 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Camry 3.5 is faster than the Nissan Altima 2.0:

Camry

Altima

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

97.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Camry

Altima

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/41 hwy

28 city/39 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/38 hwy

n/a

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Camry uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Altima with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Camry

Camry TRD

Altima

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.9 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

11.06 inches

11.06 inches

11.02 inches

The Camry stops much shorter than the Altima:

Camry

Altima

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry TRD handles at .94 G’s, while the Altima Platinum pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Altima SV AWD (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the Altima SR AWD:

Camry

Altima

At idle

41 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

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The Camry has .7 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Altima.

Servicing Ease

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The Camry uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Altima uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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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 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Camry and the Altima 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 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’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Altima SV/SL/Platinum’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Altima’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camry XLE/XSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Altima doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Camry (except L/TRD) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Altima doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $600 less than the Altima over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% of its original price after five years, while the Altima only retains 42.51% to 43.88%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Altima because it costs $91 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Camry than the Altima, including $19 less for a muffler.

Recommendations

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

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its December 2019 issue and they ranked the Toyota Camry LE higher than the Nissan Altima SR AWD.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Nissan Altima by 61% during 2019.

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