Update: 2014 Toyota Camry vs 2014 Nissan Altima

2014.5 toyota camry San AntonioAnyone who is looking for a midsize sedan in San Antonio, Texas must consider both the 2014 Toyota Camry and the 2014 Nissan Altima. Both are excellent cars and both are solid purchases at around $22,000, but when both cars are taken as a whole, the Camry is the better option with a proven higher resale value, better standard features, roomier interior and an all-around better driving experience.

GAS AND POWER

You have to be careful when you look at the specs on these two cars or else you can be deceived into making the wrong choice. For example, if you were to walk into a Nissan dealership today you would be told that the Altima is the better option. They would argue the case by saying that the Altima gets better gas mileage and has a more powerful engine. This is true.

However, the Altima’s superior gas mileage only amounts to an extra 3 mpg on the highway. Further, it is worth noting here that the Camry can be purchased as a hybrid, whereas the Altima cannot. The Camry hybrid gets 41 mpg in the city compared to Altima’s 27 mpg*.  As for the Altima’s more powerful engine: it’s an extra 4 horsepower.

It should be clear that these differences are negligible and should not be the deciding factor when you purchase a car.

INTERIOR

Comparing the interior of these two cars you can start to see why the 2014 Toyota Camry is a better option than the Altima. Both seat five, are comfortable, have radios and air conditioning, are Bluetooth ready and have an auxiliary input jack. Both will tell you the temperature outside. In fact, both have many of the same standard features. However, The Camry is the only one of the two cars that has standard cruise control, a backup camera, more interior room, and a six speaker audio system (compared to the Altima’s four speakers). When you consider how much time you spend with the interior of your car, these features are without a doubt more important than 4 horses.

THE RIDE

How the car drives is where the 2014 Toyota Camry really shines. The Altima is said to feel sportier when you drive it, and in fact it does accelerate and handle well. However, the unfortunate problem is that the Altima is loud during acceleration and there is excessive play in the steering wheel when turning.

In comparison, with the Camry the name of the game is smooth and quiet. Whether the engine is accelerating or switching gears, you will barely feel or hear it. As for handling, the Camry does what you tell it to do every time. From precise steering to smooth suspension, you will likely become more confident driving this car than any other car you have owned before it.

IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

In the end, the 2014 Toyota Camry is the better purchase because it provides a smooth, quiet drive, will have a better resale value and offers more standard options. See for yourself. Go out and test-drive a 2014 Altima. Pay close attention to how roomy it is. Listen to the engine as it accelerates. Turn on the radio and listen to the four speakers. Then come in to Toyota of Boerne and learn what it is like to sit behind the wheel of a solid performer. Do the same things with the Camry that you did with the Altima. The Camry will speak for itself.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.