2017 Toyota Camry vs. 2017 Nissan Altima

2017 Toyota Camry

2017 Toyota Camry

2017 Nissan Altima

2017 Nissan Altima

Drivers in Southern Alabama on the hunt for a new midsize sedan will likely include both the 2017 Toyota Camry and the 2017 Nissan Altima on their shortlists. Each has something to offer, but a head-to-head comparison of the two reveals that the all-new Toyota Camry is the more capable car overall. Find out how the Camry zips past the competition before checking it out in person at Palmer’s Toyota.

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The 2017 Toyota Camry is one of the safest cars in the segment thanks to exclusive safety features.

  • Camry – All trims comes equipped not only with driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, rear seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags, but also with knee airbags for both front seat passengers to protect the lower body in the event of a collision.
  • Altima – While the Altima also utilizes front airbags, as well as side-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, it unfortunately does nothing to protect the lower body of the driver or passenger when a crash occurs.

Driving Dynamics

If you love the thrill of the open road, the 2017 Toyota Camry does a great deal more to provide you with the excitement you’re looking for behind the wheel.

  • Camry – Multiple trims are available with paddle shifters that allow you to manually shift the standard six-speed automatic transmission for more of a race-inspired ride.
  • Altima – The continuously variable transmission that comes standard on all trims offers a serviceable but ultimately underwhelming driving experience.

Premium Price

If you are considering a top-of-the-line trim for all the bells and whistles, you will save quite a bit on the 2017 Toyota Camry.

  • Camry – MSRP starting at $31,370* for the XSE V6 trim.
  • Altima – MSRP starting at $32,690 for the 3.5 SL trim.


The 2017 Toyota Camry and the 2017 Nissan Altima are similar in their respective capabilities, but where the Camry really stands out is with its bounty of desirable standard features.

  • Camry – The introductory LE trim comes standard with automatic projector beam headlights for superior nighttime visibility, cruise control for long drives, and power-adjustable front seats that make comfort a top priority. This trim also comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with the Entune™ infotainment system, voice controls, a rearview camera, and an interface for the six-speaker stereo.
  • Altima – The base trim on the Altima feels noticeably stripped down. While it comes with standard headlights, it does not have cruise control and offers only manually-adjustable seats. Technology, however, may be where the Altima is most lacking. The base trim has no display screen or infotainment interface and also only enjoys a four-speaker stereo. The next trim level up comes with a 5-inch display, still paling in comparison to the base-level Camry’s screen, and it offers little in terms of infotainment.

The 2017 Toyota Continues to Lead

The Altima is not a bad car by any means, but it simply can’t promise you all the Camry can. Head to Palmer’s Toyota, located at 470 Schillinger Road South in Mobile, AL, to take a tour and test drive of the new Camry. Our location right next to the Mobile Regional Airport is easy to reach from anywhere in the city or surrounding suburbs. Contact us if you have questions, and be sure to take advantage of our simple, straightforward financing process.


*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $835 for Cars, $900 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1195 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $995 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title, available or regionally required equipment, and $649 dealer fee. Actual dealer price will vary.