2021 Nissan Altima vs. 2021 Toyota Camry
Two years removed from it’s overhauled design, the 2021 Nissan Altima remains the annual top-seller across the Nissan lineup. This year’s model comes with a variety of options, from engines to drivetrains, to trim levels. The 2021 Toyota Camry also is a top contender in the very popular sedan segment, but removing some trim options, making the most affordable option to LE model. Minor changes accompany this year’s release, from small front fascia changes to interior quality enhancements. In this post, we’ll put these two sedans head-to-head to see where they each rank in Options, Technology & Safety, and Pricing.
Options, Options, Options
Both the Altima and the Camry come with plenty of options in their lineups, from engine choices to drivetrain options. The Altima has 9 model options, primarily because almost every trim level has the option between FWD and AWD. The Camry comes in with 6 options, including a popular hybrid option for drivers looking to reduce their carbon footprint. On the outside, the Camry got a small redesign on the front end, as well as several new paint options and wheel designs. The interior gets options for a tablet-like touchscreen that has a 7- or 8-inch screen. The Altima has less updates on the outside, but there are 9 available exterior colors and a wide array of LED lights keep your options varied just as well.
Under the hood, both sedans have options with the engine as well. The Altima has two options: the world’s first production variable compression turbo (VC-Turbo) inline 4-cylinder engine. This new engine packs a 6-cylinder power-performance, while only having 4 cylinders and therefore maintaining the fuel efficiency that sedans are known for. The standard 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct injection engine maintains a slight horsepower advantage over the VC-Turbo, coming in at 188 (vs 182).
The Camry has three primary options: a standard 4-cylinder, a hybrid option, and a sporty V6. The most popular of this lineup is the V-6 that has a smooth 301 horsepower and is available with the XLE, XSE, and TRD trim packages.
Technology & Safety
Toyota’s technology housed in its tablet-like touchscreen is called “Entune,” and is on its third iteration. Apple CarPlay & Android Auto are standard, just as with the Altima, and in-car Wifi is another available option to stay connected while driving your Camry. Both the Altima and the Camry have Push Button Start and smart keys; however, on the Altima, this is standard on all trims, not reserved for higher trim levels (and price). Other technology advantages that the Camry lacks include:
- Wiper-linked Intelligent Auto Headlights
- Intelligent Driver Alertness
- Easy-Fill Tire Alert
For safety, the entire Nissan lineup is moving towards a signature standard feature of Safety Shield 360, which features six driver-assistance and safety features that make driving safer and smarter. The 2021 Altima is no exception, and features the following (SV and above):
- Automatic Emergency Braking w/Pedestrian Detection
- Rear Automatic Braking
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Blind Spot Warning
- Lane Departure Warning
- High Beam Assist
Also standard on the Altima is the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which helps the driver by alerting them to the possibility of a frontal collision by monitoring two cars ahead of the Altima. Camry’s option for this monitors only the vehicle directly in front of the car.
Finally, the available ProPilot Assist system is an advanced drive-assist technology that works to reduce the driver’s workload by adjusting the vehicle’s set speed and following distance, according to the flow of traffic. It can also keep the vehicle centered in its lane. Camry’s equivalent–Dynamic Radar Cruise Control–cannot keep the vehicle centered in its lane.
Overall price and monthly payments are very important when considering a new vehicle, and both Nissan and Toyota are forerunners of making great products at great prices. However, the Nissan Altima begins at a less expensive starting price, and has less drastic jumps from trim level to trim level. The Camry starts at $28,265, and jumps up to $29,780 at its next higher trim. The Altima begins at a drastic difference at $24,300, and has less of a jump from it to the next in the lineup at $25,400.
You can learn more about the 2021 Nissan Altima here, and we are always available to answer any questions you might have regarding the comparison of these two vehicles.