Some ask the question, “What’s more luxurious, a Nissan Altima or a Toyota Camry?” It’s a valid inquiry, but the next question has to be, “How do you define luxury?” According to the first definition that popped up in Merriam Webster’s dictionary, it means a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort or a sumptuous environment. In other words, extravagance.
With that said, we have to compare the Altima to the Camry to see which one would be able to provide you, the driver, with an atmosphere and driving experience that boasts great ease, comfort and sumptuousness. We will take a look at the exterior, for sure. But, our main focus will be what’s on the inside, namely the upholstery and built-in technologies and features because luxury has nothing to do with the necessities; it has everything to do with the perks, those posh and swanky bonuses we all love.
Answer: Although the Nissan Altima is great, the Toyota Camry is the most luxurious
First, let’s take a peek at the Nissan Altima. It has come a mighty long way since its inception back in the early-90s when it was still called a Stanza and only had some nice headlights and relatively-sporty seats to show for itself. Now, in its sixth generation, its outward appearances border on futuristic meets opulence with Honda Accord nuances and hints of fierceness, especially the limited edition Platinum Turbo model.
The Altima is all-wheel drive and has a handsome, new face-lift. With larger dimensions, it takes up a bit more space on the road than its predecessor. It has a 2.5-liter inline four, 180 pound-feet of torque and 188 horsepower (hp). It gets about 28 miles per gallon (mpg) in metropolitan or city areas and 39 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Altima’s smart interior design appeals to the masses, and it offers adaptive cruise control. On top of that, it comes equipped with lane centering technology. This bundle is referred to as ProPILOT. The infotainment and dash display are rather innovative and attractive. Enhanced, reinforced seats make for comfort and support. You can purchase it in most cases for less than $30,000.00.
On the other hand, the Camry, now in its eighth generation, gives the Altima a serious run for its money. Plus, they’re both around the same price point. This year’s Altima is uncannily similar to the one Nissan launched in 2018. The 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine on the grade-level models are pretty Herculean in nature, providing greater torque and horsepower, which undoubtedly spells performance.
The upholstery borders on fashion-forwardness and practicality. Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ have been added. The Advanced Drive Assist dash display is eight inches of colorfully vivid entertainment, waiting to be tapped into via a multi-touch screen. There are other improvements and upgrades, including, but not limited to, a myriad of trim accents, Zero Gravity seating with memory foam qualities, all-weather traction, dual-pinion steering, and audio and infotainment options.
It also introduces a sophisticated Integrated Dynamics Module (IDM), and the triple controls: Vehicle Dynamics, Intelligent Ride and Intelligent Trace. As an aside, SEAN SCAP awarded the 2019 Toyota Camry with a five-star safety rating. To some, it will always be a toss up between the two. Nonetheless, our top pick for most luxurious goes to, drumroll please…the Toyota Camry. Its jam-packed features and pulchritudinous body-style makes it the clear and obvious winner.
This is just a brief overview of the Camry and Altima comparison. There are many reputable resources available online to assist in helping people compare and find luxury vehicles. Here are some of the recommended sources:
- Autotrader - Perhaps better known for selling used cars, Autotrader has expanded to a full service stop for all information cars. In addition to their sales listings, they provide excellent reviews. This article is a comparison of the 2019 offerings of both the Camry and Altima running through all of the standard categories.
- Motor Trend - One of the best motoring journals on the planet, Motor Trend has continued to provide information to drivers. They provide both excellent consumer advice and entertainment information about vehicles. This artice is a direct competition placing the Altima and Camry through their paces.
- Consumer Reports - Since the 30s, Consumer Reports has published innumerable articles, editorials and exposés on advocacy, product testing and other topics that interest the general public. It is an American-based magazine that’s managed to stay relevant for more than nine decades with articles that pertain to current-day information, such as what’s going on with the 2019 Camry.