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2018 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Toyota Camry

By Autolist Staff | September 14, 2018

2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Automotive Website Analyzed


78%

Really Good

You should buy it

95%

The Best

You should buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


67%

Would Buy Again

3 Ratings

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Would Buy Again

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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 Nissan Altima

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,082
15k miles at $2.237/gal
$645
15k miles at $2.237/gal
Fuel Economy

27 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
51 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
38 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
53 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
5 stars
Overall
Safety Features

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

Interior

2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Interior Features

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

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

Under the Hood

2018 Nissan Altima

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Powertrain

CVT
Transmission
CVT w/Sequential Shift Mode
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

179 HP @ 6000 RPM
Horsepower
N/A
Horsepower
177lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
Torque
N/A
Torque
I4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders