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Toyota Camry vs. Nissan Altima

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Camry

$381
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Nissan Altima

$461
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Camry Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $381 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Camry is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Nissan Altima Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $461 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Altima.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$381
inexpensive
expensive
$461
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.25
not often
very often
0.27
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(42)
4
(131)
3
(70)
2
(18)
1
(4)
The Toyota Camry ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in suspension.
“I've only had to paid for tires and scheduled maintenances since I've owned it! Very practical, with plenty of interior space and a large trunk, for a midsize car. One of the most reliable vihicles...”
“I've only had to paid for tires and scheduled maintenances since I've owned it! Very practical, w...”
5
(9)
4
(59)
3
(20)
2
(9)
1
(2)
The Nissan Altima ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Survived a rear end collision with absolutely no damage to the Altima. One Nissan fanatic for life. ”
“Survived a rear end collision with absolutely no damage to the Altima. One Nissan fanatic for ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Toyota Camry and the Nissan Altima are two of the perennially best-selling midsize sedans out there. They both have spacious trunks with folding back seats for load-through capability. Both of them get good fuel economy. The Camry is an all-new design for 2018, while the Altima was last refreshed in 2016.

The Altima does everything fairly well. It has extremely comfortable front seats, and comes standard with automatic headlights, as well as an AM/FM/CD audio system with a 5-inch color display that doubles as a rearview camera.

The current Camry has better infotainment technology. Its standard Entune 3.0 system includes a 7-inch touch-screen, AM/FM, MP3/WMA playback, GPS navigation app, USB port with iPod connectivity, hands-free phone, voice recognition and Bluetooth music streaming. The Camry also comes with the top suite of the Toyota Safety Sense system as standard equipment. This includes a precollision system with pedestrian detection, a lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. No-cost maintenance is also standard.

These two sedans are close in most aspects, but the Camry wins on technology, safety and a fresh, new design.

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