The 2019 Toyota Camry vs. The 2019 Nissan Altima


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The midsize sedan used to be the boring, grown-up, family car. Not as fun to drive as a compact car, and it's without the ability to impress like a full-size sedan. Today's midsize sedan is working to reclaim the ground lost to the compact and midsize SUVs that have supplanted the class as the essential family vehicle. They've done this by getting bigger on the inside, getting engines that are more entertaining yet more efficient, and offering great value.

There aren't very many that do it better than the 2019 Toyota Camry does. There's a reason that it has been America's Best-Selling Car 19 of the last 20 years. The 2019 Nissan Altima is trying to unseat it with a massive redesign, but we don't think it's done enough.

Couple outside of their white 2019 Toyota Camry in the desert 

Does the Toyota Camry or the Nissan Altima have a more powerful engine?

Both the 2019 Toyota Camry and 2019 Nissan Altima offer a 2.5-liter base engine, but Nissan does what it usually does, and fails to pull enough power from it. In the Camry however, the 2.5-liter tops out at 206 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. It is responsive off the line and confident on the open road, and has no problem handling the hilly back roads of Johnstown and Portage. The Altima doesn't get up and go quite as quick, and doesn't have as much confidence - the 2.5 liter in the Nissan only offers up to 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It's not just the power that helps, as the eight-speed automatic in the Toyota is more assertive than the continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the Altima.

Cars aren't just for getting from point A to point B. Sometimes you just want to have fun, which is where the high-powered optional engines come in. In the Altima, that means a torque-happy 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes up to 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It's a solid package - but nowhere near as impressive as the throaty V6 offered in the Camry. Offering 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, it is a joy to drive, and can make quick work of the drive from DuBois to Greensburg. 

Which car gets better gas mileage the 2019 Camry or the Altima?

Having plenty of power on hand is great, but you know what else is nice? Paying less money to fuel that power. In the 2019 Toyota Camry, the base engine not only offers more power, but also gives you a little more time between stopping at the pumps. Thanks to the smart transmission choice, the Camry can get up to 29 MPG city and 41 MPG highway around the Indiana region. Even though it is the same engine size, and a little less powerful, the Altima trails the Camry, only getting a maximum of 28 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

The Camry comes with an ace up its sleeve though. Unlike the Altima, you can opt for a hybrid powertrain in the Toyota. The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid gets up to 51 MPG around Indiana and 53 MPG on the open road, while still making 176 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. It's the perfect combination for someone who wants to be kind to their wallet, be kind to the environment, and still have fun behind the wheel.

Does the Toyota Camry or the Nissan Altima have better safety features?

Anything that helps to keep our friends and neighbors safe is important to us. That's why we are proud to sell Toyota vehicles that provide standard driver-assistive technology far and above what the competition offers.

Every 2019 Toyota Camry comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P package that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. A rear-view camera is also standard, while the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is available on all but the base model. Translation? The Camry can see danger coming, and help you avoid it.

In the Altima, you'll have to pay extra for these features. Adaptive cruise control isn't even available on the bottom two trim levels, and neither is High Beam Assist. Their version of a pre-collision system is offered on every model, but the bottom two trims don't get Pedestrian Detection - a pretty valuable tool in pedestrian-heavy Johnstown and Indiana downtowns.

Visualization of the toyota safety sensor in a parking lot 

Which sedan has more space the Toyota Camry or the Nissan Altima?

No one ever worries that the driver will have enough room in a car. They get adjustable seats, an adjustable wheel, sometimes even adjustable pedals. It's the passengers - particularly those in the rear seat - that get ignored, and often squeezed for space.

The 2019 Toyota Camry makes sure to offer plenty of room for passengers, with one of the roomiest back seats in the class. Normal sized adults will find plenty of space, thanks to 38.0 inches of head room and 38.0 inches of leg room back there. That's enough space that an average adult won't ever feel cramped, whether it is just around Johnstown or if you're making the drive from Portage down for a Steelers game.

The Altima will be fine for around-town driving, but not for longer trips. With only 36.9 inches of head room in the rear seat - dropping to 36.7 inches if you want a moonroof - and only 35.2 inches of leg room, it's a tighter squeeze. Maybe not the best option for the trip to the game.

What extra features come with the 2019 Toyota Camry?

Sometimes all a car needs to take it to the next level are a few bonus features. It could be in the form of a panoramic glass roof with front power moonroof, opening up the cabin to the sky. Or it could be the choice of silver black machined-finish alloy wheels. Sometimes, it can come from being able to create an atmosphere inside the cabin, with trim choices including embossed mesh, layered wood, Tiger Eye wood, or textured metal. These are all things the 2019 Toyota Camry offers - but the Altima doesn't offer any of them.

Looking at all this, it's easy to understand why the Toyota Camry constantly outsells the competition. It simply provides a package that is a great combination of power, efficiency, technology, and usability. It's one of the most common cars you'll see on the roads of Portage, DuBois, Greensburg, Johnstown, and anywhere else in the region. Chances are, when you see one, it will have a Colonial Toyota sticker on the back - we're the trusted hometown dealer for selling and servicing Toyotas in the Indiana region.

Red Toyota Camry driving away in a tunnel

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