There are a range of midsize sedans on the roads today, and all are great vehicles. Among the best-in-class sedans out there are the Toyota Camry and the Nissan Altima. Both cars provide outstanding comfort, great performance, a superior range of technology and infotainment features, solid fuel economy, and get great safety ratings in government tests.

Drivers in South Brunswick, Freehold, and Lawrence often wonder which of these two great cars is the right choice for them. Read our side-by-side review of the 2017 Toyota Camry and the new 2017 Nissan Altima, and learn where you can test drive the winning car.

2017 Toyota Camry

The brand-new Toyota Camry is the very definition of a commuter car that has something for just about everyone. It's driven by a 2.5L 4-cylinder inline engine which delivers 178 horsepower and a surprising level of punch. Also available is an upgrade to the 3.5L V6 engine which puts out an outstanding 268 horsepower. You can also opt for a hybrid model which still delivers 200 horsepower, on top of an EPA-estimated whopping 40 MPG.

That's just what the Camry offers under the hood. The interior of the 2017 Toyota Camry is just as impressive. The base model comes with 6.1-inch infotainment system with outstanding audio performance, voice commands, Bluetooth®, wireless device charging, and a range of other outstanding technology features. These include automatic headlights, heated mirrors, rearview camera, heated mirrors, cruise control, smartphone app integration, and USB ports, all at the base level.

The New Nissan Altima

The Altima isn't a slouch, either, coming with its own 2.5L V6 engine which delivers an EPA-estimated 27 MPG in the city, and 182 horsepower. This is unfortunately not as much punch as the V6 under the Camry's hood, nor the Camry Hybrid's 200 horsepower. While it's better than the base Camry, there also isn't the range of engine options available for the Altima.

While the interior is spacious and comfortable, and the overall technology options are about on par with the Camry, they're more spread out over a number of packages, making it a bit less convenient to put together the vehicle with all the features you want in a sedan. In addition, this is a vehicle that hasn't seen an upgrade in four years, meaning all its technology features are a little behind the curve. They're not as intuitive to use as the Camry's, the screens are placed somewhat awkwardly, and the handling isn't quite as refined.

Safety Comparison

While both vehicles get top marks for safety in government crash tests, the Toyota comes out on top, with a range of safety features at the lower trim levels which are only available at higher levels on the Altima. The Camry, for example, comes standard with a rearview camera, and a range of other safety features are available as individual add-ons.

Overall, there's no question. While the Altima may catch up when it does its next model upgrade, for now it's just behind the curve. If you live in the Freehold, South Brunswick, or Lawrence areas and would like more information about the new 2017 Toyota Camry, stop into Dayton Toyota today! 

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