Toyota Camry vs Nissan Altima

2017 Toyota Camry

2017 Toyota Camry

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Nissan Altima

Few sedans can take you across town or across the country as comfortably and reliably as the 2017 Toyota Camry. Toyota’s signature sedan has always been spacious, well-appointed and effortlessly refined. Thanks to an array of available technology and driver-friendly features, the 2017 Camry offers the sort of value that no other competitor can match, including the 2016 Nissan Altima.


From top to bottom, the 2017 Toyota Camry has the 2016 Nissan Altima beat. The upper-tier XLE and XSE Camry models, both with an MSRP starting from $26,310*, offer all the comfort and performance of a high-end sedan at a fraction of the price of the 2016 Nissan Altima’s highest trim, the 3.5 SL, which starts at $32,690.

With the 6-speed automatic Camry XLE and XSE, you have your choice of either the standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine or the more powerful 3.5L V6. With the 2.5L 4-cylinder XLE and XSE Camry models, you’ll enjoy an impressive EPA-estimated 35 highway mpg and 25 city mpg, compared to the 3.5 SL Altima that only manages 32 highway mpg and 25 city mpg. Plus, even with the 2017 Camry’s more powerful V6 engine, you’ll still be able to achieve 31 highway mpg and 21 city mpg, which means you get to spend more time taking care of business and less time looking for a gas station.


The interior of the 2017 Camry surpasses that of the 2016 Altima both in terms of amenities and overall quality, as it boasts more driver-friendly features. The base Camry LE comes with the following standard features which are unavailable in the base trim of the 2016 Altima:

  • cruise control
  • multi-adjustable power seats
  • heated exterior mirrors
  • backup camera
  • Siri Eyes Free voice activated control

Even the sport-minded 2017 Camry SE, which starts at $23,840*, is also a better value than the comparably equipped 2016 Altima 2.5 SR, Nissan’s own introductory, sport-inspired trim, which starts at $24,470. The Camry SE offers several optional features that are unavailable in the Altima 2.5 SR, including a navigation system, one-touch passenger power window, and a power sun/moonroof.

A Tranquil Drive

Where the all-new Camry truly excels is in its whisper-quiet ride and refinement. Toyota engineers conducted extensive testing to ensure that road, wind and engine noises were minimized. Multiple reviewers have attested to the all-new Camry’s serene cabin experience. The same can’t be said for the Altima, whose continuously variable transmission some claim can be noisy under certain conditions.

Safety and Value

Each 2017 Toyota Camry comes with ten airbags, including front knee airbags, which are not offered in the Altima. It’s true that both the Camry and Altima have earned five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Camry, however, was named “Best Midsize Car for the Money” by U.S. News & World Report and a Best Buy Award Finalist by Kelley Blue Book’s, distinctions not bestowed upon the Altima.

Test Drive a Toyota Camry Today

To test drive one of our many 2017 Camrys, visit Toyota of Gastonia at 4821 Wilkinson Blvd where we proudly offer “The Gastonia Experience,” which includes upfront pricing every day, a lifetime powertrain warranty, and a 3-day/300-mile exchange program, not to mention a trade-in guarantee. Plus, all dealer advertisements are here honored at Toyota of Gastonia. Contact our sales department online or by phone at 888-852-8737.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $835 for Cars, $900 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1195 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $995 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. Actual dealer price will vary. Actual dealer document fee may vary.