Shopping for a new vehicle can be challenging because there are so many to choose from, so it can be hard to decide which one possesses all the qualities you’re looking for. Our team here at Cox Toyota thinks it is a good idea to compare vehicles in different segments in order to determine exactly which type fits you best. This time we’re going to take a closer look at the full-size Toyota Avalon and compare it to the midsize Nissan Altima.
In order to keep the comparison even, we’re focusing on the base models for both vehicles. The 2016 Toyota Avalon XLE will be compared to the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 to show drivers which features are standard on both of these sedans. Each one is set with seating for five passengers, but the Avalon is slightly larger overall for both interior volume and cargo space in the trunk.
|2016 Toyota Avalon XLE||VS||2016 Nissan Altima 2.5|
|3.5-liter V-6||Engine||2.5-liter I-4|
|16 cu. ft.||Cargo Volume||15.4 cu. ft.|
|Standard||Heated Front Seats||Not available|
|39.2 inches||Rear Legroom||36.1 inches|
Drivers will notice most of the differences lie in the overall performance capabilities. The decision between the 2016 Toyota Avalon and the 2016 Nissan Altima depends on if you’re looking for more power or more efficiency. The Avalon XLE is equipped with a larger, more powerful engine, and the Altima 2.5 is set with a smaller, more efficient option. For the Avalon, drivers will have a 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that pumps out 268 horsepower. The Altima is set with a 2.5-liter I-4 that’s paired with a variable transmission. It pumps out 182 horsepower. Those who choose the Avalon will get a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg, whereas those who choose the Altima will average 31 mpg.
When it comes to standard features, it is the 2016 Toyota Avalon XLE that’s coming out on top. Drivers who choose the base model of the 2016 Avalon will have the following standard features: automatic climate control, cruise control, a driver multi-adjustable power seat, heated exterior mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, a backup camera, satellite radio and voice activated controls. None of these convenience features are available on the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5. As for safety, both are set with anti-theft protection, automatic headlights, child safety door locks and low tire pressure indicators. However, the Avalon comes set with front knee airbags that are not available in the Altima.
For more information regarding the 2016 Toyota Avalon, please don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Cox Toyota. Local drivers are encouraged to get behind the wheel of this full-size sedan by scheduling a test drive online.