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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 21 31 $17,707 $19,145
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic 21 31 $18,678 $20,195
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual LE 21 31 $18,643 $20,600
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 21 31 $19,593 $21,650
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE 21 31 $19,633 $21,815
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 21 31 $20,533 $22,815
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic LE 19 28 $21,793 $24,215
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 19 28 $22,939 $25,490
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 21 31 $23,016 $25,575
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 19 28 $25,823 $28,695
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,707
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,145
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$319 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 44.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.6 56.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.4 100.7
Second Leg Room (in)
38.3 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
189.2 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 15.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.06 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.65 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3263 3112
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.39
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Toyota Camry Nissan Altima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.95 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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