COMPARE: 2013 Nissan Altima VS. Toyota Camry

COMPARE THE 2013 Nissan Altima and 2013 Toyota Camry


The 2013 Nissan Altima was completely redesigned for the year. The new model features increased fuel economy, updated styling and even more comfort features for the new year. Compare the 2013 Nissan Altima and 2013 Toyota Camry, and there’s no doubt that the Nissan Altima is the top choice for midsized sedans.


The Nissan Altima gets better fuel economy than the 2013 Toyota Camry. Your Altima will get you up to 38 MPG, while the Camry gets only 35 MPG highway.

Nissan Altima Toyota Camry

You’ll save more than $200 annually in fuel by choosing the Altima over the Camry.



According to the government's fuel economy records, the Nissan Altima will save you $3,250 in fuel and you'll only spend $1,750 each year.
According to the government’s fuel economy records, the Nissan Altima will save you $3,250 in fuel and you’ll only spend $1,750 each year.




In the NHTSA Crash Test Ratings, the 2013 Nissan Altima receives a 5-star score for front impact collisions, while the Camry only received a 4 star rating.

The 2013 Nissan Altima was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, making it the best of the best for car safety. The Toyota Camry is not a Top Safety Pick Plus, and in fact received a rating of Poor for small overlap front test results.

What does IIHS say about the Camry’s Small Overlap Front Test:

The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. “

The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. “

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. “

Meanwhile, the Altima received a better safety rating for Small Overlap Front Test:

“The driver space was maintained reasonably well.”

“The dummy’s movement was well controlled.”

“The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects”

“The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.”




Scenic shot of the 2013 Nissan Altima
The 2013 Nissan Altima is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, making it one of the best of the best for vehicle safety.




The Nissan Altima has an advantage in price.

The Nissan Altima has an MSRP starting at only $21,500, while the Camry MSRP starts at $22,055.


In KBB’s test of the Altima and Camry, KBB says choose the Altima:

 “If you want to add an extra layer of handling into the mixture, the new Nissan Altima will joyfully attack corners whereas the Honda and Toyota prefer to negotiate with them. “

Other advantages, according to KBB:

That performance doesn’t come at the expense of performance either. The Altima’s 182-horsepower 4-cylinder encourages sprinting, and its chassis delivers respectable dynamics as well.

The Nissan’s interior highlight is its crisp, artful instrument cluster and center console layout that are works of art. Not just easy on the eyes, the shapes and sweep of the layout make gratifying sense with clear gauges, big buttons and knobs, and a satisfying look of design craftsmanship.

Motortrend also named the 2013 Nissan Altima one of the most powerful vehicles under $30,000. 

The 2013 Nissan Altima was also a finalist for North American Car of the Year. 


The Wall Street Journal also sees the benefits of the Altima over the Toyota Camry:

“Nissan… (has) the potential advantage of more recently redesigned models that many agree are more stylish and fun to look at than the Camry, which was redone for 2012 but still looks dowdy.”

The New York Daily News says Altima has an advantage over the Toyota Camry:

The Nissan Altima certainly puts in the effort to earn the title of the quickest and most economical Japanese sedan, with the most popular variant offers 182 horsepower and returns 38 miles per gallon the highway, all with a four-cylinder inline engine. The Nissan Altima starts at $21,760.

So when you compare the Nissan Altima to the Toyota Camry, you find that there really isn’t any comparison after all. The Nissan Altima dominates the Toyota Camry for fuel economy, safety, handling and styling. Visit Waikem Nissan in Massillon, Ohio and view our large selection of Nissan Altimas.

Review: 2013 Nissan Altima 

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