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Head to Head: 2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Toyota Camry

The sedan segment is swimming in strong contenders, circling one another like voracious sharks and hoping to take the biggest chunk out of the automotive market. The 2017 Nissan Altima and the 2017 Toyota Camry are no different. These two sedans are powerful competitors in the market, and pitting them against one another is definitely an apples-to-apples comparison. The Altima has been navigating these seas since 2012, but the age-old veteran the Camry has been around since the early 1980s. How does the fresh-faced Altima compare to the time-tested Camry? Do some digging with us in our 2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Toyota Camry head-to-head.

2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Toyota Camry Interior Comparison

Interior colors and materials for the 2017 Nissan Altima range from the sumptuous Charcoal Leather to Beige Cloth. Sport Cloth is available on certain trims as well, and all options offer a subdued and sophisticated air of minimalism. The interior layout is simple, boasting a dashboard with two gauges and an exceptionally  clean console. The 2017 Toyota Camry offers a similar approach to an interior design. The center console has a large infotainment system screen on the dash and several cupholders. Both the Altima and the Camry comfortably seat up to five adults, making both vehicles easy to use as single-person commuters or whole family carriers, and offer a reasonable amount of quality and luxury for the price.

2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Toyota Camry Exterior Comparison

Let’s be honest. The 2017 Nissan Altima and the 2017 Toyota Camry look pretty similar. Perhaps the most obvious difference is the grille placement on the face of each vehicle. For the 2017 Nissan Altima, the grille is an upside-down trapezoid that is placed directly between the headlights. For the 2017 Toyota Camry, the grille is a curved trapezoid that expands across the front fascia directly below the headlights. Aside from that? The non-car enthusiast probably won’t be able to tell the difference. Frankly, for a classy sedan that aims to be affordable and convenient, both look exceptionally nice- especially their futuristic and slanting headlight designs.

2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Toyota Camry Feature Comparison

But really, with a family sedan, potential buyers will mostly want to know about the available features. The 2017 Nissan Altima is available with dual-zone climate control, NissanConnectSM Services Powered by SiriusXM®, an Advanced Drive-Assist® Display, Bose® Premium Audio System, and RearView Monitor. Your features will mostly be determined by your trim level, of which there are eight to choose from, starting with the 2.5 and including the impressive SR Midnight Edition. The 2017 Toyota Camry offers an 8-way power-adjustable seat standard with available heating. Wood-grain style accents appear on higher trim levels on the Camry, but all models promise a quiet drive and relaxing cabin experience. Also available is a wireless charging system that lets you place your Qi-compatible device on an included non-slip surface to charge up.

2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Toyota Camry Performance Comparison

As with most vehicles in 2017, your trim level determines the engine that will be powering your ride. For the 2017 Nissan Altima, engines range from the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 179-horsepower and 177-lbft of torque to the more powerful 3.5-liter V6 with 270-horsepower and 251-lbft of torque. The 2017 Toyota Camry offers a range from a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder to a 3.5-liter V6. Have a need for speed but still want to be eco-friendly? Consider the Toyota Camry Hybrid division which includes an EV and ECO mode on the LE, SE, and XLE. Hats off to Toyota for pivoting their classic Camry in a more futuristic and innovative direction.

2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Toyota Camry Overall Comparison

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that both of these vehicles do a pretty darn good job of doing what they’re expected to do. You won’t be taking the 2017 Nissan Altima up any mountainsides anytime soon, nor will you be dragging the 2017 Toyota Camry through swampy roads and overhanging brush. But when it comes to carrying you swiftly, successfully, and affordably from point A to point B on city roads or paved highways? These two stiff competitors are a sure answer to your transportation needs. Both offer impressive fuel economy and both are full of options regarding trim levels and accessory customization. The best way to really figure out which one is right for you is, truly, to give both a whirl at your local AutoNation dealership.

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