2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Toyota Camry
2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Toyota Camry
  179 hp 178 hp
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2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Toyota Camry: Which is Better?

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For decades, midsize sedans have comprised one of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry. More than ever, people are drawn to remarkable fuel economy, loads of features, and a high level of user-friendliness. The Nissan Altima and the Toyota Camry are two of the longest running nameplates. For the 2017 model year, Nissan is content with making no major changes on the Altima, which has risen from an also-ran to becoming one on the industry’s premier midsize sedans. At the same time, the Camry, faced by the gap increasingly narrowed between it and its main competitors, makes its enhanced multimedia system standard on all trims, while anticipating a new production cycle next year. So, which is better Altima or Camry or which is bigger altima or camry? The good thing is that in terms of altima vs camry reliability, both are fairly comparable and in terms of which is bigger altima or camry, they are both substantially roomy. However, the Nissan Altima beats the Camry in three major areas.

What is the Difference Between the Fuel Economy in Both Cars?

What makes the 2017 Nissan Altima unique among most, if not all, midsize sedans is that it uses a continuously variable transmission (which Nissan calls the Xtronic CVT). Eschewing the gear shifting of the traditional automatic transmission, the CVT instead resorts to changing seamlessly through a continuous range of effective gear ratios. With the absence of gear shifting, less energy is consumed, thus improving fuel efficiency. Coupled with the fact that the CVT is paired with the QR25DE — which is a comparatively small, 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine—the 2017 Altima achieves a peak fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Coincidentally, the 2017 Toyota Camry also has a 2.5-liter I4, but it is paired with a regular 6-speed automatic transmission. Consequently, the Camry provides 3 less mpg in city fuel economy and 6 less mpg in highway fuel economy than the Altima.

What are the Differences in Engine Power?

Despite the sufficient power from both the Altima and Camry I4 engines, there’s the choice of upgrading to a 3.5-liter V6 engine for even more performance. On the 2017 Altima, the V6 produces 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. That outguns the V6 on the 2017 Camry, which generates 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque.

What are the Differences Between Their Safety Features?

Altima vs camry reliability cannot be contended, and both the 2017 models are some of the safest midsize sedans around. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives each vehicle its highest designation: “Top Safety Pick Plus.” This is in recognition for earning the best possible rating (“Good”) in the organization’s five Crashworthiness tests, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating in the Crash Avoidance & Mitigation test, and an “Acceptable” rating in headlight performance. However, in the Crash Avoidance & Mitigation test—which measures the ability to prevent front crashes with optional or advanced safety features—it’s the Altima that gets the best possible rating of “Superior.” The Camry, on the other hand, is rated “Advanced” in front crash prevention; that’s a notch below its Nissan counterpart. On the Altima, you can upgrade its level of front crash safety with features such as predictive forward collision warning and forward emergency braking.

Want to find out which is better Altima or Camry? Ready to test-drive the 2017 Nissan Altima, rather than the 2017 Toyota Camry? Come to our dealership in Burleson, Texas and speak with one of our sales experts about what you would like in your brand-new Altima, and see for yourself how it feels on the road. Call us today to set up an appointment.

* Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.