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2020 Toyota Camry vs 2020 Nissan Altima

The Toyota Camry is America’s most popular mid-size sedan. First introduced in 1983, this model has become a benchmark in the automotive market due to its unrivaled performance and comfortable ride. The key to its success lies in a diverse range of powertrains, commodious passenger space, and great safety ratings. By sticking to this formula, the Camry as positioned itself as one of the strongest, safest, and most comfortable sedans on the road.

But how does this model measure up against other popular options in the segment such as the Nissan Altima? Both sedans are similar in size and style, and offer great driving experiences, but a few key differences give one of them an edge. Let’s explore how the Toyota Camry stacks up against the Nissan Altima in this side-by-side comparison.

2020 Toyota Camry


2020 Nissan Altima


Standard MSRP


2.5L Dynamic Force 4-cylinder (203 hp)

Base Engine (Horsepower)

2.5L 4-cylinder (188 hp)

3.5L 6-cylinder (301 hp)

Available Engine (Horsepower)

2.0L Variable Compression Turbo (248 hp)


Hybrid Powertrain

Direct-shift 8-speed automatic Standard Transmission Xtronic CVT
29 / 41 / 34 mpg Standard Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined) 28 / 39 / 32 mpg
Standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® Standard
Toyota Safety Sense P (4) Driver Assist Features Nissan Safety Shield 360 (2)


Which Model Leads the Midsize-Sedan Segment?

While these two models start at a similar price, the 2020 Toyota Camry has better specifications in pretty much every category. No matter which of its two gas-powered engines you choose, this sedan offers more power. Entry-level trims get powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 3.5-liter six-cylinder powertrain available on select trims delivers 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission that provides a smooth ride on highway speeds and helps improve fuel efficiency. The Nissan Altima also offers a pair of four-cylinder engines, but neither of them is as capable as the corresponding Toyota engines.

Despite this difference in power, the 2020 Camry can help you save more money at the gas pump than the Altima. Models equipped with the base engine earn an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 29 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway and 34 combined mpg. On the base Altima, these figures drop to 28, 39, and 32 mpg, respectively. In case you are truly interested in maxing out fuel economy, the Camry offers a hybrid option that gets an astounding 51 mpg in the city and 53 mpg on the highway. 

When it comes to safety, Toyota also takes the win. Every Camry comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense P, a suite of driver-assistance features that act as an extra pair of eyes on the road. These active safety systems include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Safety features are harder to come by when purchasing a 2020 Altima. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking are the only systems that come standard.