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Head to Head: 2016 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Toyota Camry

There are plenty of options for family sedans that offer great technology, smooth rides, comfortable and technology-filled interiors, and safety gear to keep all occupants safe. Today’s head to head will pit the 2016 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Toyota Camry.

Competition to these two includes the Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord Sedan, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy, Volkswagen Passat, and other mid-size sedans. While they are all great vehicles available at your local AutoNation dealership, we’ll stick with the 2016 Nissan Altima vs the 2016 Toyota Camry.

The 2016 Nissan Altima starts at an MSRP of $22,500* for the base model whereas the 2016 Toyota Camry starts a little above that at an MSRP of $23,070*.


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Exterior Design

Both of these sedans offer impressive exterior designs with plenty of options to kick things up a notch.

The 2016 Nissan Altima has aggressive styling from the base model on up. Powerful body lines create an aerodynamic profile that is littered with chrome accents. Make a statement with projector-beam halogen headlights and dual chrome exhaust finishers.

Toyota has taken a less aggressive, more modern design approach to the Camry. Its body lines may be sedated when compared to the Nissan, but it offers a sporty front end fascia, 18-inch alloy wheels (special edition), and dual chrome-tipped exhausts.


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Interior Style

While both offer comfortable seating and Bluetooth-enabled infotainment systems, there are some key differences between interiors of the 2016 Nissan Altima vs the 2016 Toyota Camry.

Nissan has given the Altima its NASA-inspired Zero Gravity featuring an articulated seat shape for spine health and covered in fabric with leather-appointed refinements on some models. A standard infotainment system features Bluetooth streaming and hands-free phone integration, 4 speakers, an AUX input, MP3 and WMA compatibility, and more. However, you can upgrade to a Bose Premium Audio System designed by Bose engineers for optimal sound quality and acoustics.

Fabric-trimmed seating and interior trim is standard in the 2016 Toyota Camry, with leather trimming and leather-trimmed or SofTex sport fabric seating available on higher trims. Toyota has included as standard its Entune Audio system featuring 6 speakers, an AUX jack and USB port, MP3 and WMA playback, hands-free phone capability, Siri Eyes Free, and more. Higher trim levels offer better audio technology packages.


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Both the 2016 Nissan Altima and the 2016 Toyota Camry offer two choices of engines, depending on the trim level chosen.

Nissan has given the front-wheel drive 2016 Altima a 2.5L dual overhead cam (DOHC) 4-cylinder engine creating 182 horsepower and 180-lb.ft. of torque. Higher trim models with the 3.5 designation have a 3.5L DOHC V6 capable of 270 horsepower and 251-lb.ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a Xtronic CVT transmission with paddle shifters and a manual shift mode on 3.5L models.

A 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder graces the 2016 Toyota Camry and creates 178 horsepower and 170-lb.ft. of torque. There’s also an optional 3.5L DOHC V6 engine creating 268 horsepower and 248-lb.ft. of torque. There’s also a hybrid option for the 2016 Toyota Camry which pairs a 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with a permanent magnetic AC synchronous motor for EV (electric vehicle) and ECO modes. Gas-powered vehicles are given a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with sequential shifting modes while the hybrid system gets an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT).


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Both of these sedans come with a slew of safety equipment.

The 2016 Nissan Altima has airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, brake assist, LATCH child seat systems, brake-force distribution, and more. Higher models have standard blind spot warnings and rear cross-traffic alerts, and optional predictive forward collision warning with emergency braking.

Toyota’s Star Safety System includes vehicle traction and stability control systems, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology for post-collision. Optional equipment includes dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure warnings, automatic headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and more.


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Both of these vehicles offer a modern iteration on the mid-sized sedan, with Nissan going for an edgier look and Toyota going with a sleeker design. Both offer the kind of quality designs, interior refinements, technological connections, sporty performances, and safety features you’ve come to expect from a modern car. It all comes down to preference, here.

To test out the 2016 Nissan Altima, please call or visit your local AutoNation Nissan dealership. To get behind the wheel of a 2016 Toyota Camry, head over to an AutoNation Toyota near you!


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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