In years to come, midsize sedans may be eclipsed by crossovers, but at the moment the Nissan Altima and the Toyota Camry are still among the biggest-selling cars of all time. Here's a look at how the 2018 Nissan Altima shapes up against the latest Toyota Camry--which is the best buy for you?
2018 Nissan Altima vs Toyota Camry
How they look: Nissan Altima
Both models have been redesigned recently, coming a long way from years past. Perhaps stung by criticism of unremarkable designs over the last generation or two, Toyota has gone down a more striking and controversial route with the look of the latest Camry. The look is certainly more radical than it has been in the past, but the large, aggressive front grille and edgy styling might feel disjointed and not to everyone's taste.
By way of complete contrast, the Altima is smooth, handsome and slightly serene. Smooth lines and a composed design gives the Altima the look of a far more luxury brand than its price tag suggestions.
Bang for the buck: Nissan Altima
The Altima costs slightly less than the Camry, but you wouldn't think it when you see the list of standard features the Nissan comes with. All models come with standard power features, steering-wheel audio controls, a rearview camera, Bluetooth with audio streaming, air conditioning and keyless entry.
The Toyota covers all the basics, but as you go up the trim levels some of what the Nissan gives as standard is wrapped up in Toyota options packages. That can make the Camry start to look expensive. Better levels of standard equipment throughout the range hands another win to the Altima.
Performance: Toyota Camry
These two sedans are part of a dying breed, midsize sedans that are still available with a V-6 engine. In the case of the Nissan, that V-6 is a 3.5-liter unit producing 270 horsepower, while its base engine is a 179 horsepower 2.5-liter four-pot.
The Toyota sees the Nissan's V-6 and base engine and raises it on both counts. The optional V-6 is also a 3.5-liter engine, but this one develops 301 horsepower and the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder is also more powerful than its Altima equivalent with an impressive 206 horsepower. It's an easy win here for the Camry.
Interior space: Nissan Altima
There's not a great deal of difference between the two as far as interior space is concerned, but most of the measurements come out slightly in favor of the Altima. Overall passenger volume in the Nissan is 101.9 cu.-ft., while there's just 100.4 cu.-ft. in the Toyota.
Rear-seat passengers are better treated in the Camry, but there's more room for those sitting in the front of the Altima. However, the tie-breaker for this one is trunk space, and the Altima's 15.4 cu.-ft. hands it victory over the 14.1 cu.-ft. of its rival.
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The new 2018 Toyota Camry could turn a few people off with its new look, but it's a solid midsize sedan that most people will genuinely like. However, the 2018 Nissan Altima offers broader appeal and better value for the money.