2020 Nissan Altima vs. 2020 Toyota Camry

Altima advantages over Camry; Available all-wheel drive, Active Ride Control, Rear Door Alert, advanced drive-assist system and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and more


  • Available all-wheel drive1 – Altima’s available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive can automatically direct up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels for improved traction under various road conditions. When all-wheel drive is not needed, Altima operates in 100% front-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency. Camry is available in front-wheel drive only.
  • Active Ride Control (ARC) – Every Altima has Active Ride Control, which automatically adjusts throttle and applies brake pressure on rough road surfaces to help enhance ride quality. No Camry offers such a feature.
  • Rear Door Alert2 – Altima’s Rear Door Alert system can alert the driver to check whether an object may have been left in the rear seats. Camry does not offer this feature.
  • Available advanced drive assist system (ProPILOT Assist3) (vs. no Steering Assist) – Altima’s available ProPILOT Assist eases the driver’s workload by automatically adjusting the vehicle’s set speed and following distance to other cars according to the flow of traffic. It can also help keep the vehicle centered in its lane when lane markings are visible. Camry’s Dynamic Radar Cruise Control will maintain speed and distance to other vehicles according to traffic flow, but it does not keep the vehicle centered in its lane.
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning4 (I-FCW) (vs. not intelligent) – Altima’s standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system helps alert the driver to a potential frontal collision by monitoring the vehicle in front of the vehicle immediately ahead. If the system detects a potential collision, it alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings. Camry’s forward collision warning system monitors only the vehicle directly ahead.

Additional Advantages

  • Available Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine
  • Standard Intelligent Trace Control5 (I-TC) (vs. available)
  • Available fog lights
  • Zero Gravity front seats
  • Standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks (vs. available)
  • D-shaped steering wheel
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH) with windshield wiper interlock (vs. no wiper interlock)
  • 2 Type-A and 2 Type-C USB ports6 (vs. 3 Type-A only)
  • Standard Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition (vs. available)
  • Standard Remote Engine Start7 (vs. available)
  • Available Nissan Door to Door Navigation8
  • Available Traffic Sign Recognition9 (TSR)
  • Intelligent Driver Alertness10 (I-DA)
  • Standard Advanced Drive-Assist® Display11 (vs. available)
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert12
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor13 (I-AVM) (vs. no Moving Object Detection system)
  • Available Active Noise Cancellation
  • SiriusXM® Advanced Audio Features14
  • More rear shoulder room15
  • More front leg room15
  • Better EPA mileage estimates16 (2.0 VC-Turbo vs. 3.5 V6)


Camry is Toyota’s midsize sedan that fits between the smaller Corolla and larger Avalon in Toyota’s sedan lineup. It is offered in nine gasoline trim levels and three hybrid trim levels. Gasoline powertrain choices are:

  • 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cyl.
    • 203 horsepower (L, LE, SE, XLE) or 206 horsepower (XSE)
    • Front-wheel drive
    • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 3.5-liter DOHC V6
    • 301 horsepower
    • Front-wheel drive
    • 8-speed automatic transmission

Camry is a well-equipped front-wheel-drive sedan with sporty performance options. Camry offers contemporary and sporty styling choices and more in-car technologies than previous-generation models. Altima has available all-wheel drive and an available variable-compression turbo engine that offers both sporty and efficient performance. Altima impresses with athletic exterior styling, a premium interior, and a long list of advanced comfort, convenience, and safety technologies buyers will appreciate.


Camry carries over with the following changes:

  • New TRD model with the following features:
    • Black front splitters, side aero skirts, black rear spoiler, and rear diffuser
    • Lightweight 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
    • Larger front brake discs with red front and rear calipers
    • TRD-tuned coil springs and dampers with lower ride height
    • Active Cornering Assist (ACA)
    • TRD-tuned cat-back exhaust with polished stainless steel tips
    • SofTex®-trimmed interior with red stitching
  • Android Auto™ is now standard along with Apple CarPlay®


Altima Camry
SE FWD Nightshade Edition
Platinum VC-Turbo FWD XLE V6 FWD
Hybrid (LE, SE, XLE)


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1 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive cannot prevent collisions or provide enhanced traction in all conditions. Always monitor traffic and weather conditions.
2 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
3 ProPILOT Assist cannot prevent collisions. It is the driver’s responsibility to be in control of the vehicle at all times. Always monitor traffic conditions and keep both hands on the steering wheel. System operates only when lane markings are detected. Does not function in all weather, traffic and road conditions. System has limited control capability and the driver may need to steer, brake or accelerate at any time to maintain safety. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning cannot prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
5 Intelligent Trace Control cannot prevent collisions or loss of control. Driver should remain in control of vehicle at all times. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
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10 Intelligent Driver Alertness cannot provide a warning in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
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16 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Altima: 28 city MPG/39 hwy MPG/32 combined MPG for 2.5 FWD S, SV, and SL; 27 city MPG/37 hwy MPG/31 combined MPG for 2.5 FWD SR and Platinum; 25 city MPG/34 hwy MPG/29 combined MPG for 2.0 VC-Turbo FWD; 26 city MPG/36 hwy MPG/30 combined MPG for 2.5 AWD S, SV, and SL; 25 city MPG/35 hwy MPG/29 combined MPG for 2.5 AWD SR and Platinum. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.