Buying a new car can be stressful, especially in the current market. If buying a new sedan can require stress and effort, make sure it’s all worth it, at least. The 2022 Toyota Camry is yet another sedan in a long line of reliable, affordable, comfortable, and all-around worthwhile cars that make it hard to justify buying a different sedan. But, the fact that you can buy a 2022 Nissan Altima, of all things, over the Camry is madness, and Consumer Reports would agree.
Is the 2022 Toyota Camry a good car?
The 2022 Toyota Camry landed an 84/100 on Consumer Reports. The Camry will always do well on CR because it is a safe, reliable, decent-looking, comfortable new sedan with decades of stability behind it.
The new Camry got a four out of five on predicted reliability and the same on predicted owner satisfaction. If you look across the Consumer Reports rating sheet for the 2022 Toyota Camry, there is only one instance of the score dipping into the yellow; the trunk space.
What engine does the 2022 Toyota Camry have?
There are four engine choices depending on which 2022 Toyota trim you choose, doubling the 2022 Nissan Altima engine choices. The powertrains cover a difference of nearly 100 hp, making the number of options strange. The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid is probably the smartest choice, although it isn’t the cheapest. However, properly configured, it can yield up to 47 mpg in the hybrid LE version.
- 2.5-liter 4 (206 hp)
- 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (208 hp)
- 2.5-liter 4 (203 hp)
- 3.5-liter V6 (301 hp)
Toyota’s 206-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder comes in the base model starting at $25,295. This is under $1,000 cheaper than the base model 2022 Nissan Altima. The Toyota Camry not only has more engine options, but they are also better.
Aside from engines, the 2022 Toyota Camry is also safer than the 2022 Nissan Altima. The Altima got 4 out of five stars from the NHTSA overall front crash rating, while the Camry landed a perfect five out of five across the board.
The 2022 Toyota Camry is quiet, comfortable, safe, and, in hybrid, very fuel-efficient. The Toyota Camry isn’t all that exciting, but it is a strong play for anyone looking for an affordable new sedan that will do its job every day.
Is the 2022 Nissan Altima a good car?
The 2022 Nissan Altima is fine, but for only a $1,000 lower starting price, picking the Altima over the Toyota Camry makes no sense.
The 2022 Nissan Altima landed a 72/100 on Consumer Reports. This score still puts the 2022 Altima in the “recommended” pile but isn’t the most inspiring score for an already average car. The Altima’s score mostly comes from low predicted reliability and an even lower predicted owner satisfaction.
For Consumer Reports, these two categories will kill any car, truck, or SUV’s score. Without reliability and satisfaction of ownership, little else matters in grading a car. Even still, those aren’t the only problems with the Altima.
The 2022 Altima is also a bit clumsy in the corners, not all that comfortable, and has a decent but ultimately plain cabin.
That being said, the 2022 Nissan Altima does have some perks
The best aspect of the 2022 Nissan Altima is its engines. Both the 188-hp 2.5 naturally-aspirated four-cylinder and the 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four are both snappy and fuel-efficient. The 2.5-liter brings home 31 mpg overall. The turbo 2.0-liter drops to 29 mpg but with a 60-hp bump.
Pass on the Altima and go with the Camry already
I don’t mean to bash the 2022 Nissan Altima. Consumer Reports recommends it, so it is certainly a decent new sedan. However, it’s a no-brainer with a starting price of $24,450 compared to the 2022 Toyota Camry’s starting price of $25,292. The 2022 Toyota Camry is better than the 2022 Nissan Altima in nearly every metric.