2020 Camry vs. Altima Comparison

Toyota first introduced the Camry to the U.S. market in 1983. After more than three decades of reliability, Kelley Blue Book® named it the best selling sedan in America in 2018.

In contrast, Nissan debuted the Altima in the U.S. in 1993. While starting MSRPs match closely, the base-grade Camry L offers more horsepower at 203 HP vs. the Altima S’s 188 HP.

With its slightly better fuel economy, the 2020 Camry could also help save you money at the pump. Furthermore, Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) and ToyotaCare come standard on the new Camry. Standard active safety features are harder to come by when purchasing a 2020 Altima. Read on in the section entitled "Safety" below to learn more.

Let’s explore how the Toyota Camry stacks up against the Nissan Altima in the categories of safety, performance, and technology.

Published Date: 02/07/2020

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Safety

2020 Camry trims come equipped with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of active safety systems including the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD). Starting with higher grades, the 2020 Altima SR does include the comparable feature Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection technology. Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert come standard on the Altima SR, but cost extra on the Camry LE.

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Safety

  • The Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of active safety systems comes standard on every Camry.
  • Camry received the highest rating possible for crashworthiness and crash avoidance from the NHTSA.
  • Camry comes standard with ToyotaCare routine maintenance plan for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, plus 24/7 Roadside Assistance for 2 years and unlimited miles.
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Performance

Both the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima offer competitive gas mileage. But the Camry L takes the edge in fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 29/41/34 (city/highway/combined) MPG over the Altima S’s EPA-estimated 28/39/32 MPG.

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Performance

  • The Camry L takes the edge in fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 29/41/34 (city/highway/combined) over the Altima S’s 28/39/32 EPA-estimated MPG.
  • Camry offers a hybrid option at three different trim levels while Altima does not have a hybrid option.
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Interior

Many features once considered premium such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility now come standard on the 2020 Camry and 2020 Altima. For those craving even more tech capabilities, the Camry SE offers available equipment upgrades that are not available on Altima SR.

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Interior

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility come standard on 2020 Camry and Altima trims.
  • Camry SE offers available dual-zone automatic climate control, Qi-wireless compatible charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and HomeLink® universal transceiver while the Altima SR does not.
  • Similar features to Toyota Connected Services are only available with NissanConnect® Services on the Altima SL trim and above.
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Conclusion: Camry vs. Altima

In the search for your ideal fuel-efficient car, both the 2020 Toyota Camry and 2020 Nissan Altima present competitive examples. In this head to head, we compared both vehicles in the key categories of safety, performance, and interior.

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Conclusion: Camry vs. Altima

  • Both base trims carry similar price tags: Camry L at $24,425 vs. Altima S at $24,100.
  • The Camry L offers better EPA-estimated MPG with 29/41/34 (city/highway/combined) over the Altima S’s 28/39/32 EPA-estimated MPG.
  • The base-grade Camry L delivers more horsepower with 203 HP vs. the Altima S’s 188 HP.
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