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2019 Nissan Altima

Starting Price: $24,645 | Price yours

Above Average: Plenty of standard safety features; sharp, aggressive looks; available all-wheel drive

Below Average: No available hybrid model; neither the sportiest nor most luxurious in the segment

Consensus: For 2019 the Nissan Altima has been redesigned, with a new look, sportier feel, two new engines, and available all-wheel drive. It has dropped the V6, however, in favor of a feisty 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. It can feel a little strained on hills, but it’s got plenty of power for highway and city driving. Nissan continues to add and refine both its driver-assist and safety features, with the Altima earning 5 out of 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 

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2019 Toyota Camry

Starting Price: $24,765 | Price yours

Above Average: Reliable; durable; great resale value; available V6; Hybrid models break the 50-mpg barrier

Below Average: No all-wheel-drive model; passenger volume and trunk space lag behind Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata; no Android Auto option

Consensus: The Camry was always the white bread model when it came to dynamics until its vastly improved 2018 remake, giving it better handling and steering. Its styling has improved as well, with lines that are sharper and sportier. All the other positives remain about the Camry, from its excellent suite of safety measures to its superb build quality and its rock-solid reliability. The Camry Hybrid is the only one in its class to top 50 mpg in combined driving. If you want either all-wheel drive or Android Auto connectivity, however, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
 

In the midsize sedan class, the king of the hill has always been the Toyota Camry. A best-seller for decades, it is the standard by which all other midsize sedans are measured. Each year Toyota improves it a bit, constantly refining it against all comers, and it was fully redesigned for 2018.

To remain competitive in this class, you need to bring your “A” game, and the 2019 Nissan Altima is a real contender. Redesigned this year, the Altima has a super sporty vibe and newly available all-wheel drive (which the Camry lacks). It also has some excellent driver-assist and safety features. However, its turbocharged 4-cylinder, which swaps in for a V6, could be a detriment. There are also more luxurious choices in this class.

Similarities

Nearly identical starting prices; fuel mileage; base model power figures; warranty coverage; safety ratings.

Nissan Altima Advantages

Available all-wheel drive; sporty looks; best seats in the midsize sedan class; includes Android Auto

Toyota Camry Advantages

Hybrid option; V6 option; great resale value; stellar reputation for durability

Final Recommendation

While the new 2019 Altima comes awfully close, it just can’t unseat the king of midsize sedan sales. While the Camry does so many things so well, the Altima attempts to make its name by being the sporty one, but its V6 engine is now gone and there are others in this class that have an edge in the fun-to-drive department – including the Camry XSE. The Camry also offers a wider choice of powertrains, from a hybrid to a V6. The Altima does stand out a little more, with its chiseled good looks and great seats, and it’s the only one of these two that comes with all-wheel drive. But as an all-around sedan, the 2019 Camry takes this round.

  2019 Nissan Altima 2019 Toyota Camry
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 188 hp @ 6,000 rpm 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 180 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission Continuously variable Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 30 mpg (26 city, 38 hwy) 34 mpg (29 city, 41 hwy)
Also Available 2.0-liter I4, turbocharged; 3.5-liter V6, 2.5-liter I4 gas-electric hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.2 inches 111.2 inches
Overall Length 192.9 inches 192.1 inches
Width 72.9 inches 72.4 inches
Height 56.7 inches 56.9 inches
Turning Diameter n/a 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.2 inches 38.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.9 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 42.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.1 inches 38.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.2 inches 57.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 57.1 inches 55.7 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.8 cu. ft. 100.4 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.4 cu. ft. 14.1 cu. ft.
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