Crossovers of all shapes and sizes may have taken over the United States and the world, but the venerable family car segment remains alive and well. That's because it's populated by renowned nameplates, such as the 2023 Toyota Camry and the 2023 Nissan Altima, that continue to offer a solid value proposition. Not everyone wants a jacked-up SUV to drive or ride around in, after all.
The 2023 Camry is based on the XV70 generation. While this debuted in 2017, it's received updates every year. Furthermore, 2023 marks the year of its facelift. Meanwhile, the 2023 Altima is based on the L34 generation from 2019, and it, too, received a facelift for 2023.
Is the 2023 Camry or the 2023 Altima the best family car? We'll endeavor to answer that question with a comparison of their respective performance, interior, and safety features. And if you want to check out the new Camry in the metal, call the team of Toyota of Ardmore in Ardmore, OK.
Sporting spacious cabins of approximately 100 cubic feet, it’s no surprise that the 2023 Camry and the 2023 Altima can easily comfortably carry five adults. They've also got 15 cubic foot trunks, which is on par for the class. However, noticeable differences emerge when we look at interior design and quality. Nobody can make sturdy and quality cabins like Toyota. While the 2023 Altima's cabin looks interesting, you'll rest assured that everything on your 2023 Camry will work as it should even a decade or two down the line.
Both vehicles have dual-zone climate control, powered front seats, and standard They’ve got Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. In practice, testers found Toyota’s Entune infotainment software to be more responsive and easier to use than Nissan’s software, which was prone to lag under certain conditions.
Toyota offers three powertrains on the 2023 Camry. At the entry level is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 205 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard, but you can specify an all-wheel-drive system if you need extra traction. For those seeking ultimate efficiency, the 2023 Camry Hybrid brings Toyota's legendary Hybrid Synergy Drive system to the table with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a CVT gearbox. Producing 208 horsepower, the drive goes to the front wheels. The Camry Hybrid's headline figure is 46 mpg on the EPA's combined cycle.
Performance seekers will straightaway knock at the door of TRD and be answered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 301 horsepower. Paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the 2023 Camry TRD rockets to 60 from rest in just 5.6 seconds, as per Car and Driver's testing.
The 2023 Altima isn't quite as exciting. You've got a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 188 horsepower or a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder with 248 horsepower. A CVT gearbox sends drive to the front wheels, with an optional all-wheel-drive system for those who need it. You won't find an efficient hybrid variant or high-performance variant. Consecutively, the most efficient 2023 Altima can only muster 29 mpg on the EPA combined cycle.
The 2023 Camry and the 2023 Altima pack in eight airbags, stability control, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, child safety locks, brake assist, and lane-keeping assist on all trims. Additionally, the 2023 Camry includes adaptive cruise control as standard fitment. This is optional on the 2023 Altima.
The 2023 Camry retains its position as the best family car, and not even the 2023 Altima can unseat it. It’s our clear winner across all three criteria in this Toyota vs. Nissan matchup. That’s why you should come to Toyota of Ardmore in Ardmore, OK, and test drive the new Camry.