The Toyota Camry is now in its 8th generation, with a long history of reliability that you can depend on. The Nissan Altima is newly redesigned for its 5th generation. As we compare Camry to Altima, we will examine features in safety, performance, and interior. If you look closely, you’ll discover the Camry offers more value and better performance. In all comparable engine comparisons, the Camry features better horsepower ratings. When it comes to safety, the Camry delivers competitive safety features using the latest technology. For information and technology lovers, Camry has available features that Altima does not offer, such as Connected Services by Toyota. We will detail these differences in the next sections.
Published Date: 6/25/2019
All 2019 Toyota Camrys come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced safety features.
Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) includes driver assistance features such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Automatic High Beams (AHB).
2019 Altima S and Altima SR do have standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking, but neither trim has pedestrian detection technology. The 2019 Altima SV and higher grades do come with pedestrian detection technology. As to Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, both come standard on the Altima SR and are available on Camry SE.
Now, on to the safety awards for both the Toyota Camry and the Nissan Altima. The 2019 Camry earned 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 2019 Altima has not yet been rated, but the 2018 Altima received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from NHTSA.
However, while the 2019 Altima received a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2019 Camry was awarded the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with Adaptive LED Projector Headlights. Camry also received the highest rating possible for crashworthiness and crash avoidance.
If you are looking for horsepower, the Camry has the clear advantage. Camry gas 4-CYL engines have 203 hp and gas V6 engines have 301 hp. Nissan Altima’s non-turbocharged 4-CYL engine produces 188 hp, and the turbocharged 4-CYL engine produces 248 hp with 93 octane fuel or 236 hp with 87 octane fuel.
On top of more horsepower, the Camry also delivers better fuel economy — Camry L has an EPA-estimated 34 MPG combined vs. Altima S’s 32 MPG combined.
Both Camry engines (4-CYL and V6) utilize the D-4S direct-injection system which delivers both on power and competitive fuel-efficiency. Camry comes out on top when it comes to optimal fuel efficiency. Camry L has a better EPA-estimated MPG at 29/41/34 MPG (city/hwy/comb) vs. the Altima SR’s EPA-estimated 28/39/32 MPG (city/hwy/comb).
Altima SR is available with AWD, whereas Camry only has FWD. But, car owners can also enjoy more hybrid options with the Toyota Camry. Camry offers three different hybrid trims standard with Hybrid-exclusive EV drive mode, which allows it to be driven solely on the electric motor at low speeds. There is no hybrid engine option for the 2019 Nissan Altima.
If you are looking for an upgraded interior that delivers on comfort and technology, you will find all that and more in the 2019 Toyota Camry.
The Camry SE offers available equipment upgrades that are not available on Altima SR. These upgrades include dual-zone automatic climate control, Qi-wireless compatible charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a HomeLink® garage door opener. For Altima’s part, SiriusXM® Radio with 3-month Complimentary Trial Access is standard on Altima SR; the same feature requires upgrading to the Audio Package (MSRP $1,065) on Camry SE.
Apple CarPlay® comes standard on both the 2019 Camry and Altima. This feature helps to make calls, get directions, and send or receive messages. Every 2019 Camry includes a Toyota Connected Services trial which includes a 3-year trial of Safety Connect and a trial of up to 2GB/6 months of Wi-Fi Connect.
Higher grade Camrys include other Toyota Connected Services features including a 3-year trial of Service Connect and a 6-month trial of Remote Connect. NissanConnect® offers navigation, entertainment and security features, such as the ability to stream music wirelessly or unlock your doors using your voice. NissanConnect® services are not available on 2019 Altima S, SR, or SV.
While the 2019 Toyota Camry and the 2019 Nissan Altima both have their strong points, Camry has clear advantages. For performance, the Camry L offers a better EPA-estimated MPG at 29/41/34 (city/hwy/comb) vs. the Altima SR’s EPA-estimated 28/39/32 MPG (city/hwy/comb). Both Camry engines available — the V6 and the 4-CYL — deliver fuel-efficiency and improved performance thanks to the D-4S dual-injection system. The base model 2019 Camry leverages its 2.5-liter 4-CYL engine to outpace the Altima in horsepower (203 hp to 188 hp), as well.
No matter where the road takes you, you can stay connected with the technology features offered in the Toyota Camry with its connected services. Every 2019 Camry offers a suite of available technology packages that are not available on Altima S, SR, nor SV.
Plus, Toyota was a Best Resale Value Brand in 2018 according to Kelley Blue Book®. Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) and ToyotaCare are major advantages, as is Camry’s IIHS TSP+ awards for safety. When weighing these advantages, you can see why the 2019 Toyota Camry comes out as our clear winner in this head to head comparison.