If you're in the market for a larger hybrid sedan with a price tag that won't put you in the poor house, then chances are you're interested in the 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid and 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Both of these Japanese vehicles offer a touch of class and conservative gas mileage. They are also exceptionally reliable, comfortable and safe.
But enough about how these two mid-size hybrid cars are alike - that's not why you're here. You're here to compare the 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid and 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The key differences and selling points of these two vehicles are listed below:
Fuel Efficiency: Altima Hybrid vs. Camry Hybrid
Fuel efficiency is always an important consideration when buying a hybrid car. When it comes to choosing between the 2010 Altima Hybrid and 2010 Camry Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient vehicle depends on where you're driving. If you use your car mostly for short city trips, then the Nissan Altima wins with an estimated 35 mpg in the city (compared to the Camry's 33 mpg in the city).
On the other hand, if you routinely commute at highway speeds, then the Camry edges out the Altima with 34 mpg on the highway (compared to the Altima's 33 mpg on the highway). Both vehicles offer a combined fuel economy of 34 mpg.
Performance: Altima Hybrid vs. Camry Hybrid
The 2010 Altima Hybrid and 2010 Camry Hybrid share similar fuel ratings partly because they share the same hybrid technology. Though Nissan borrows Toyota's hybrid powertrain, the gas engine is wholly original. For the Altima Hybrid, Nissan uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that nets 198 horsepower. This is slightly larger than the hybrid Camry's 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which maxes out at 187 horsepower.
Overall, the Nissan Altima Hybrid offers a sportier ride when compared to the Camry. Tight handling, good acceleration (for a hybrid) and smooth braking all add up to a fun driving experience. If performance is important to you, then the Altima hybrid is probably the right vehicle for you.
Price: Altima Hybrid vs. Camry Hybrid
Both the 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid and 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid start around $26,000. However, base model Camry's offer more for the money. While clean and comfortable, entry-level Altima hybrids take a minimalist approach. However, if you're willing to pay for the add-ons, the Nissan Altima easily out-classes the Camry when it comes to upscale accoutrements.
Styling: Altima Hybrid vs. Camry Hybrid
Both of these mid-size hybrids share traditional sedan body styles. However, the long-sloping rear of the Altima delivers a slightly sportier appearance. The Altima cabin also offers a bit more interior passenger room. However, the Camry hybrid wins when it comes to total luggage capacity. Additionally, if you're not interested in sporty-appeal, then the Camry's conservative style is likely to better suit your needs.
Availability: Altima Hybrid vs. Camry Hybrid
One major downside to the 2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid is its limited availability. The vehicle is currently only offered in eight states - California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Camry hybrid, on the other hand, can be found in all 50 states. So, unless you're willing to do your car shopping across state borders, the 2010 Camry Hybrid may be a more convenient shopping option.