2017 Nissan Altima vs Toyota Camry Sedan Comparison near Harrisburg, PA

2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Toyota Camry
2017 Nissan Altima 2017 Toyota Camry
  179 hp 178 hp
  27/39 24/33
  CVT 6-speed shiftable automatic

2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Toyota Camry

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These days, vehicles like the Toyota Camry do not have such an easy time in the top tier of the midsize sedan market as before. With each passing year, more entries are created or refined to challenge its lofty status. One competitor is the 2017 Nissan Altima, which has experienced a steady climb as a midsize sedan worth checking out. For the 2017 model year, the Altima nears the end of its fifth production cycle, while the Camry is about to enter it's eighth. Comparing the two reveals a trio of advantages that the Nissan vehicle has over its Toyota counterpart.


While both vehicles are offered with V6 engines, their performance is much different. On the Altima, the engine is the VQ35DE; and on the Camry, it's the 2GR-FE. While the Altima's V6 generates 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, the Camry's V6 produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque: a dip of 2 horsepower and 3 lb-ft of torque. Even with the standard 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine on either sedan, the Altima surpasses the Camry. The Altima's I4 (the QR25DE) generates 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, while the Camry's I4 (the 2AR-FE) generates 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque.

Fuel Efficiency

When equipped with the I4 engine, the 2017 Nissan Altima can peak at fuel efficiency with 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.* The smaller engine size is engineered with maximum efficiency in mind. However, the continuous variable transmission to which it is hitched-called the Xtronic CVT-also deserves credit, since it does not use the energy-consuming gear shifting mechanism of traditional transmissions. That makes all the difference, since the 2017 Toyota Camry also has a 2.5-liter I4 engine option. In the Camry's case, the engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. And that results in a peak fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.* In each instance, the Altima surpasses the Camry by 6 less mpg.

Front Crash Prevention

The 2017 Nissan Altima and the 2017 Toyota Camry are named "Top Safety Pick +" vehicles by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This is the organization's top honor, and each sedan mostly achieves this by scoring the best possible rating ("Good") in every category of the IIHS crashworthiness testing and an "Acceptable" rating in headlight effectiveness. However, it is in front crash prevention that the Altima distinguishes itself from the Camry. While it is top ranked at "Superior," the Camry gets an "Advanced" rating, which is a notch below the Altima's standing. Thus, the 2017 Altima is deemed better than the 2017 Camry in avoiding or mitigating front crashes.

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* 2017 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.