The 2021 Nissan Altima vs. Toyota Camry in Sanford, Maine

The Nissan Altima & Toyota Camry: Two Longstanding Sedans in a Side-By-Side Comparison

At Marc Motors, we know there are a number of great options available for our customers who are looking for a new sedan that can make commutes to Portland, ME and Portsmouth, NH easier and more comfortable, and we're proud to carry one of the best options on the road today - the Nissan Altima.

Nissan Altima Highlights

A midsized sedan that's been a go-to favorite for drivers throughout Maine and New Hampshire for decades, the Nissan Altima is a five-passenger, four-door car. It's also a rare find among sedans in its class, thanks to its available all-wheel drive that can make winter commutes in Rochester, NH safer. But this car does much more than just offer the peace of mind of all-wheel drive. It's a well-rounded, versatile, and well-equipped sedan, with many things to recommend it, including these highlights:

  • Two great engine options to choose from, including a base four-cylinder with 188 horsepower, and a turbo four-cylinder offering 248 horsepower
  • Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available, depending on your preference
  • Five trim levels are also available
  • Standard tech includes push-button start, smartphone integration, and a touchscreen infotainment system, with more features available throughout the trim lineup
  • Standard safety features include a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and frontal collision warning, with more available as options


Nissan has always been committed to putting the top safety equipment on all its vehicles. That's why the Rogue comes standard with Nissan's Advanced Airbag System. This system protects you and your passengers with front, side, and roof-mounted airbags. All Rogue models also come with intelligent safety features such as Intelligent Lane Intervention. This system will help prevent you from straying from your lane. Finally, the Rogue is built tough with zone body construction, hood buckling creases, an energy-absorbing steering column, and pipe-style steel side-door guard beams.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of safety features:

  • Forward collision mitigation- warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios
  • Adaptive cruise control- maintains a driver-set distance between the RAV4 and the car in front
  • Lane keeping system- makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane
  • Automatic high beams
  • Traffic sign reader

Altima vs. Camry, By the Numbers

On the surface, our popular Nissan Altima and the competing Toyota Camry appear to have a lot in common. Both now offer available all-wheel drive, two engine options, multiple trims, and five-passenger seating. Both have been delivering style and comfort for three decades, with the Altima debuting in 1992, and the Camry a few years earlier, in 1986. But dive a little deeper, and you'll find a number of ways that the Altima offers Saco and Sanford, ME drivers more value and a better ride.

  • Value. Both cars have a starting asking price of around $24,000. But the Nissan Altima asking price is slightly less than the starting Camry, saving drivers around $200 at the base model.
  • Features. The Nissan Altima also edges out the Toyota Camry when it comes to standard and optional features. For example, our base model Altima has an 8-inch touchscreen interface, push-button start, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. These features are not standard with the Camry. It starts with a smaller touchscreen, and the other amenities listed as standard with the Altima are all optional on upper trims with the Camry.
  • Space. Whether it's passengers or cargo, the Nissan Altima has more space available than the Toyota Camry. Not only does the Altima have more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room than the Camry, it also has a larger trunk capacity that can hold more of the gear you need to take with you. The Nissan trunk has a 15.4 cubic feet capacity, while the Camry holds 14 cubic feet.
  • Fuel range. Go further between fill ups with the Nissan Altima. It averages 454 miles in the city and 632 miles on the highway per tank of gas, while the Camry gets a rating of 421 miles in the city and 595 miles on the highway.

Test Drive the New Nissan Altima at Marc Motors Nissan

The best way to understand what makes the Nissan Altima a longtime favorite for drivers across the country, is a test drive. Browse our collection of currently available models online and reach out to get answers to your questions and arrange an appointment to meet it in person. We look forward to introducing you and to showing you what makes the Nissan Altima the winner in any comparison.

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