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2018 Nissan Altima vs. 2018 Toyota Camry

By Autolist Staff | September 14, 2018

2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Nissan Altima

Automotive Website Analyzed


95%

The Best

You should buy it

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Our User's Take

What owners think


100%

Would Buy Again

9 Ratings

78%

Would Buy Again

9 Ratings

What’s better about the Altima?

It’s cheaper. Because the Camry is a new generation and the 2018 Altima has been around for a while, expect to find better deals on this Nissan than the Camry.

Interior space. The Altima has more headroom than the Camry and more legroom in the front seats than the Camry. Though their total passenger space and trunk space is about the same, this extra room for tall people in the Nissan could be important.

What’s better about the Camry?

It’s newer. Toyota’s Camry was an all-new generation for 2018 (the eighth generation overall). Meanwhile, this generation of Altima hasn’t been substantially redesigned since 2013 (the 2019 Altima is all-new). Because the Camry is a newer generation, it will generally feature more modern amenities, safety features and powertrains.

More power. Both the base four-cylinder Camry and the optional V6 model have more horsepower and torque than the four-cylinder Altima (2.5) and optional V6 Altima (3.5), respectively.

Efficient. Camrys with the four-cylinder engine have a nice fuel economy advantage over the Altima with the four-cylinder engine. The Toyota is rated at 29/41/34 MPG city/highway/combined, while the Altima is rated at 27/38/31 MPG city/highway/combined. PLUS the Camry can be had with an optional hybrid powertrain while the Altima cannot.

Autolist’s take:

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the 2018 Nissan Altima; it handles well and it’s comfortable, safe and efficient. But because the 2018 Camry is at the beginning of its generation’s lifecycle and the 2018 Altima is at the end of its generation’s lifecycle, the Camry is simply better all around. Unless you find a huge price difference between an identical Altima and Camry, we say Buy the Camry.

Cost of Ownership

2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Nissan Altima

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,603
15k miles at $2.779/gal
$1,603
15k miles at $2.779/gal
Fuel Economy

22 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
22 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
32 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
32 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Nissan Altima

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
-
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Nissan Altima

Interior Features

Available
Leather
-
Leather
Available
Moonroof
Available
Moonroof
Available
Heated Seats
Available
Heated Seats
Available
Keyless Entry
-
Keyless Entry
Available
Climate Control
Available
Climate Control
Technology

-
Apple Carplay
Available
Apple Carplay
-
Android Auto
Available
Android Auto
Available
Satellite Radio
Available
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Available
Navigation System
Available
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2018 Toyota Camry

2018 Nissan Altima

Powertrain

8-Speed Automatic w/Sequential Shift Mode
Transmission
CVT
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

203+ HP @ 6600 RPM
Horsepower
179+ HP @ 6000 RPM
Horsepower
184+ lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
Torque
177+ lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
Torque
I4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders