Toyota Camry vs. Nissan Altima

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Randy Heinitz has written online automotive news and classic car profiles since 2010. He also covers auto shows in Southern California, and writes about automotive maintenance, repair and insurance issues.

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, Automotive Editor - July 9, 2014

Year after year, the Toyota Camry has been America's bestselling car, earning it the reputation of being both reliable and a good value for the money. However, there's growing competition from other midsize family sedans like the Nissan Altima. And with almost every automaker setting its sights on overcoming Camry sales, it is quite possible a better car exists for the money.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Camry & Altima >>

What the Toyota Camry Gets Right

Toyota redesigned the Camry in 2012, breathing new life into an aging nameplate. Sporting a wider and lower stance that no longer relies on rounded corners, the current Camry appears more aggressive. The redesign added more legroom to the rear seat, and increased space for both the driver and front passenger. Available in a variety of trim levels, a Camry can be basic, luxurious, or extra sporty.

What the Altima Gets Right

The Altima underwent an extensive makeover from the ground up in 2013, at last evolving into a mature sedan. Nissan designers improved fuel efficiency and abandoned quirky design elements like the elongated tail lights with clear lenses. The current Altima is much more refined and targets the family that needs both interior space and value. The Altima also offers the latest in technology.

Has the Camry Finally Met its Match?

The Altima has made a serious play for supremacy in the family sedan market, but even though it has style and personality aplenty, it's not yet ready to knock the Camry from its perch.

Our Verdict: Toyota Camry

A modern design, multiple trim levels, and a range of engine options keep the Camry reputation safe. It remains an attractive, reliable car that returns good value for the money.

Take a closer look at the Toyota Camry >>

Take a closer look at the Nissan Altima >>

, Automotive Editor

Randy Heinitz has written online automotive news and classic car profiles since 2010. He also covers auto shows in Southern California, and writes about automotive maintenance, repair and insurance issues.

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