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2018 Nissan Altima vs Toyota Camry | Oxford, AL

2018 Nissan Altima vs 2018 Toyota Camry

Serving Oxford, AL, Anniston, and Talladega

When shopping for a good sedan, there are many aspects to balance. The 2018 Nissan Altima effortlessly juggles affordability, quality, safety, and enhanced technology features. Let’s see how it does when compared to the 2018 Toyota Camry.

Price and Specs Comparison


2018 Nissan Altima S

2018 Toyota Camry LE

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Xtronic® CVT

8-Speed Automatic

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Proximity Key

Intelligent Key doors and push button start

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Rear Seat Folding

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When it comes to dependability, most would agree that the Japanese car makers are some of the best on the road. When it comes down to a straight debate between the Toyota and the Nissan, the Nissan wins, hands down. Recent studies indicate that the Altima might be more dependable than the Camry, however. The reason for Nissan's excellent reliability is simple: they do not put a part in a car unless it is perfect. While the Altima might not be as innovative as a high end, high dollar luxury car, it will start every morning and seldom leave you stranded.

Value Package

Nissans tend to be less expensive, and features are similar, giving them an edge over the Camry as a value package. A recent reduction in trim levels dropped the Altima back to three main packages, allowing each one to offer a bigger value for its price point. The Altima has best-in-class front seat spaciousness, too. In fact, it has 101.9 cubic feet in its cabin whereas the Camry lags behind with 100.4 cubes. You’ll notice an extra two inches headroom and extra three inches legroom. It should also be noted that the Camry’s low seating position is less desirable than the Altima’s higher-placed driver’s chair. Travelers will prefer the 15.4-cu.ft. trunk in the Altima to the smaller 14.1-inch trunk in the Camry. Cargo tie-downs are Altima standards not found on the Camry.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Android-based smartphones and iPhones now offer special car connectivity that goes beyond what the average car-based system can do. Nissan has added these to its menu. Toyota has not. As such, Nissan Altima owners will be able to access more apps and to do more with voice commands than ever before. The best example is navigation. Using Google or Apple Maps, the smartphone owner can stream directions to the screen. Both vehicles have a standard touchscreen with a rearview camera system. Nissan offers a SurroundView camera to show you all sides of the vehicle.

2018 Nissan Altima Interior

JD Power APEAL Study

In the APEAL Study conducted annually by JD Power, the Altima was ranked first. The industrial analyst asked real owners to rank their cars on 77 factors. Altimas led the midsized class. One reason may the exclusive Zero Gravity seats. Nissan studied weightlessness to determine the best support for the human body. These seats provide pelvis-to-chest support. Studies show they reduce fatigue, which is especially important when a driver has a long commute or is taking a long trip.

Standard Automatic Braking

Both sedans earned five stars in federal crash testing, and both automakers have added a standard autobrake function to their sedans. Nissan offers some safety systems that are more advanced or not found on the Toyota. For instance, only the Altima offers an advanced autobrake that can watch several car lengths ahead. This signals the driver to stop sooner and helps avoid an emergency situation better. Moving object detection, which works with the SurroundView system, can spot danger and warn the driver to stop. This can reduce the chances of hitting a pedestrian or having a fender bender. Keeping a better eye on your tires, Nissan Easy Fill Tire Alert will beep at you to tell you when the correct air pressure has been reached. On a related note, the Altima comes with three years of free roadside assistance, compared to two years for the Camry.

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Now that you know more, visit Benton Nissan of Oxford for a test drive. Bring your toughest questions to our staff in person or online. We've got answers.

*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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