We love midsize cars, with their spacious cabins but thrifty sensibilities on fuel consumption. Nothing beats a great car at a great price. The Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry are some of the best in the business. Plenty of critics elevate the Camry above the Altima, but there are some areas where Altima is every bit the Camry’s equal and others where the Altima climbs to higher heights. Read about it in this, our comparison guide of the 2019 Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.
The good news is that the 2019 Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry are both incredibly safe. No, really. Judging by their crash test ratings and active safety features, they are some of the safest vehicles on the road. When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the Altima, this midsize car earned the highest score of Good in six crash tests and the accolade of Superior for its front crash prevention features. The IIHS ended up naming the Altima a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and rearview camera. Available features include 360-degree camera, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition, and the new-for-2019 ProPilot Assist.
The Toyota Camry also earned a perfect Good rating in all six crash tests. Its standard safety features include rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. Available features include head-up display, 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic rearward braking.
Smartphone Compatibility: 2019 Nissan Altima
If you carry an iPhone, either the Altima or the Camry suit you just fine. You can navigate on the 7- or 8-inch touch screen just as you would on your phone, thanks to Apple CarPlay. But if you have an Android phone, you’re out of luck with the Camry. In this comparison, only the Nissan Altima offers Android Auto compatibility.
All-Wheel Drive: 2019 Nissan Altima
Not everyone needs or wants all-wheel drive. That feature is good for getting going on slick surfaces like mud, rain, or snow, but doesn’t do much when braking and also increases maintenance costs over the lifetime of your vehicle. But there isn’t even the option in the Toyota Camry. Meanwhile, in the Altima, you can get all-wheel drive for just an extra $1,350.
Cabin and Storage Space: 2019 Nissan Altima
Another of those details that can really impact the use you get out of your car is storage space. The Altima offers 15.4 cubic feet of space in the trunk, while the Camry offers just 15 cubes. However, if you’re looking at the base Camry, expect to see only 14 cubic feet instead. Both are easy to load, but you’ll get more out of the Altima.
You’ll also find the Altima has more passenger space overall, especially in the front seats where head- and legroom easily surpass what the Camry offers.