2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Toyota Avalon

As automakers begin scaling up their cars in size, while improving fuel economy, it is becoming more and more difficult for shoppers to distinguish between segments. The lines are becoming blurred and you have to dig a little deeper to discover what makes one choice better than another. Lately, we’ve had shoppers coming in asking us to compare the differences between the 2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Toyota Avalon. They’re often surprised to find that the vehicles belong in different segments.

The 2017 Nissan Altima is a midsize car, while the 2017 Toyota Avalon is a large car. This makes the Altima more comparable to the Camry. So why the confusion? The Nissan Altima manages to offer a much more spacious option for its segment than many are used to. Looking at the numbers, it isn’t quite as large Avalon, but the difference is also not so substantial that it’s easy to differentiate for the average consumer.

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2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Toyota Avalon
$22,500 MSRP $33,300
27 city/39 hwy Fuel Economy 21 city/30 hwy
101.9 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 103.6 cu. ft.
15.4 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 16 cu. ft.

Is the 2017 Nissan Altima a good choice?

If your quest for the perfect car is directing you toward a roomy model, but one that isn’t very expensive, the 2017 Nissan Altima might be the right choice for you. You can see that there is a substantial savings to be had by shopping down a segment, and the Altima is frequently lower in cost than many of the rivals within the midsize class.

When it comes to fuel economy, you’ll thank yourself for choosing the 2017 Nissan Altima if you happen to be a frequent commuter. Those miles stack up fast. One thing to consider, however, is that the Altima is going to have the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. As is typical for a large car, the Avalon is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.

Do those power figures make you hesitant? Don’t fear, as the 2017 Nissan Altima does have a 3.5-liter V6 upgrade that offers up a competitive 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, while still edging out the Avalon by achieving an EPA-estimated 22 city and 32 highway mpg rating, and coming in at a lower starting price.

Maybe shopping in a smaller segment isn’t such a bad idea. Find out for yourself when you stop by Glendale Nissan for a test drive.

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2017 Nissan Altima Front and Rear End

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