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2016 Nissan Altima vs. 2016 Toyota Camry

Same Segment. Same Engine Size. The Altima Holds its Own Against the Toyota Camry. 


This is going to be a tough battle because the 2016 Nissan Altima vs. the 2016 Toyota Camry near St. Charles, IL are both strong contenders in the 2016 midsize family sedan segment. Both vehicles have the same size engine and both now have sportier models, but which one comes out on top?

Both enlist the capability of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that gives out 178 horsepower, but the V6 engines differ in their horsepower. The Toyota Camry offers 268 horsepower1; the Nissan Altima gets up to 270 horsepower1. The fuel economy rating also has some differences. The 2016 Altima gets 27/39 city/hwy MPG2. The Toyota Camry gets a bit less than that, reaching only 25/35 city/hwy MPG2.

The culprit behind the MPG difference most likely comes from the different transmissions. The Altima takes advantage of the fuel efficient CVT and, before car aficionados start hemming and hawing about the droning noise the CVTs can sometimes emit, remember that Nissan has made great strides in making the cabin a tranquil space. Using Nissan’s “d-step” logic that simulates stepped gears to reduce the ever-dreaded drone noise and increased insulation around the cabin, Nissan accomplishes keeping the driver’s experience a quiet one. The Toyota Camry uses the same old 6-speed transmission that many other competitors use. It gets the job done, but not with the same fuel-efficiency as the CVT.  

With all that in mind, the head to head between the 2016 Nissan Altima vs. the 2016 Toyota Camry near St. Charles, IL, is just beginning, though. Which audio, navigation, and app suite is superior? Well, to be honest, they’re pretty comparable. Both the Toyota Camry’s EntuneTM and the Nissan Altima’s NissanConnectSM3 offer Siri Eyes Free4 and SiriusXM®. All of the Nissan Altima’s come with a 7-inch screen, though, whereas on lower packages Toyota drivers will have to settle for 6.1 inches.  There is a function on NissanConnectSM 3 that Toyota’s EntuneTM can’t hold a candle, too, though, and that’s the safety aspect. NissanConnectSM 3 Services package will connect you with a live agent, with the touch of a button or automatically if the air bags deploy. That seems like a win in this category.

There are still some discrepancies in safety between the two, though. Both received five out of five stars in overall crash protection by the government, as well as for side-impact protection. When it comes to frontal-impact protection, though, the 2016 Altima has bested the 2016 Camry, coming on top with five stars, while Camry could only obtain four. 

Identical trunk space keeps the Camry and Altima at the same level there, both clocking in at 15.4 cubic feet. The Altima deserves some kudos, though, for its clever use of design in making the opening wide and low for easy access5.

Ultimately, the final decision on the 2016 Nissan Altima vs. the 2016 Toyota Camry near St. Charles, IL, is up to you, but keep in mind that, though they’re in the same family sedan category and are in agreeance on many aspects, the Altima has a leg up in several key areas. Safety, fuel efficiency, and design are important to a great overall car experience. Come in to McGrath Nissan and ask a specialist about getting your own 2016 Nissan Altima today.


1. With 2.5-liter V6 Engine.

2.EPA estimated. Actual miles per gallon may vary. 

3.Driving is serious business. Only use features when safe to do so. App availability is dependent upon vehicle model, trim level, packaging, and/or options. See for complete app availability details. Never program while driving. GPS mapping may not be detailed in all areas or reflect current road status. Compatible smartphone required. Cellular network and GPS signals not available in all areas and/or at all times. Technology is evolving, and changes by independent companies are not within Nissan’s control. Nissan is not responsible for associated costs that may be required for continued operation due to cellular network termination (including equipment upgrades, if available, or roaming charges on alternative networks) or other third party changes. Should a third party provider terminate/restrict service, service may be terminated without notice and with no liability to Nissan and its agents or affiliates. Subscription Agreement required and terms and conditions of Subscription Agreement apply. See for details. Thirty-six (36) month trial period begins on your date of vehicle purchase or lease of a new Nissan; subsequently a paid subscription is required (excluding Pandora®, if Pandora® app via NissanConnectSM is equipped on vehicle) at the then current rate to continue to receive services. Text rates and/or data usage may apply.

4. Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. Only use feature when safe to do so. Compatible smartphone required. Availability of specific feature is dependent upon the phone’s Bluetooth® support. Please refer to your phone Owner’s Manual for details. Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nissan is under license. See for details. Text rates and/or data usage may apply. Certain services, including Siri®, are provided by independent companies not within Nissan’s control. Should service provider terminate/restrict service, service may be suspended or terminated without notice or liability to Nissan and/or its agents. Nissan not responsible for any equipment replacement or upgrades, or associated costs, that may be required for continued operation due to service changes. Siri® Eyes Free is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

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