Toyota Camry has come in strong with good sales numbers across the globe indicating the high preference people place on this cool ride. In 2018 alone, 343,439 units of the Camry were sold across the globe and in the first 7 months of 2019, over 203 thousand units of Toyota Camry have been sold so far. This numbers definitely highlights the strength of the Camry in the global auto market.
However, the market place is littered with some really top cars offered by really famous car makers. Naijauto will take a look at some of the top competitors of Toyota Camry in Nigeria in the intensely competitive global mid-size cars category.
Note: Please be informed that all comparisons in this piece all take into consideration only 2019 models of the various car brands reviewed here.
1. Toyota Avalon
This one is within the family and is definitely an inside trouble for the Camry, it knows all her secrets and is giving her a real run for the money. The Avalon is a much more plush option to the Camry offering better overall performance except for the Camry’s superior fuel economy numbers. Comparing the base trims of both sedans, the Avalon’s XLE trim offered a lower EPA fuel economy rating standing at 22/32 mpg (city/highway) while the Camry’s L trim delivered about 29/41 mpg (city/highway).
Avalon’s XLE trim offered a lower EPA fuel economy rating standing at 22/32 mpg
The Camry is also a lot cheaper than the Avalon which goes for a good N4.2 million more than the Camry. The Camry has a manufacturer stated retail price MSRP of N8.7 million while the Avalon cost about N12.9 million.
More so, the Avalon offers better performance in terms of power, torque and acceleration. This extra performance capability can be easily linked to the engine utilized in both cars. For instance the Camry comes with a 2.5 Liter I-4 cylinder engine which offers a lower 203 hp power output and 184 lb-ft torque in comparison with the Avalon’s 3.5 Liter V6 engine that delivers 301 hp and torque of 267 lb-ft.
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2. Hyundai Sonata
This is a cheaper option to Toyota Camry as is obvious in the prices of both cars base level trims and its top trims. Considering the pricing, Hyundai Sonata SE base trim goes for about N8.2 million, a good N500 thousand less than the Base trim level of Toyota Camry which costs about N8.7 million.
Hyundai Sonata SE base trim goes for about N8.2 million
However there is some stiff competition in the fuel economy category among the two brands considering the numbers offered by the base and ultimate trims of both cars. Sonata’s Limited 2.0T trim offered a fuel economy of 23/34 mpg (city/highway), while the XSE V6 trim of Toyota Camry post fuel economy numbers of 22/32 mpg (city/highway).
However, the base trim of the Camry offers better numbers in terms of fuel economy when compared to SE trim of Hyundai Sonata. Comparing the numbers, the Hyundai Sonata SE trim has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 26/35 mpg (city/highway) while the same base trim of Toyota Camry has estimate an EPA fuel economy of 29/41 mpg (city/highway).
In terms of power and engine performance, there is some healthy competition going on about these Asian brands. Toyota Camry as always delivers cars offering some the best performance and power. For example, the ultimate Camry trim is built with a 3.5 Liter V6 engine that delivers 301 hp power output and torque of 267 lb-ft, while the Hyundai Sonata’s Limited 2.0T trim 2.0 Liter I-4 Cylinder Engine has a power output of 245 hp and 260 lb-ft torque.
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3. Ford Fusion
Another car brand offering good competition to the Camry is Ford Fusion, which offers something to consider if you not feeling the Camry way. As you would expect, the Camry is surely the King but Ford Fusion is surely a strong contender for the Alpha in the chasing pack. Across all categories except for number of trims offered, the Camry takes the high ground and dictates the pace from there.
Ford Fusion is a strong contender for the top mid-size vehicle tag
From Fuel economy to transmission, the Camry is a category king. The Camry posts an estimated fuel economy rating of 29/41 mpg (city/highway) on its L base trim while the S trim of Ford Fusion post an estimated fuel economy number of 21/31 mpg (city/highway). Ford Fusion S trim also comes with a 2.5 Liter Inline-4 cylinder engine that reeks out 175 hp power at 600 rpm and sufficient torque value of 175 lb-ft at 4500 rpm.
One area the Fusion gets ahead is with its available storage space and suspension which offers a firmer response on the road. Fusion offers more storage space with its 16 cubic-ft space compared to the Camry’s 14.1 cubic-ft.
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4. Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima offers the strongest competition from outside the Toyota family pushing the Camry all the way down the lane. The call has been of a thin line between this two, from fuel economy down to safety the margin has been close.
However, in terms of safety, the Camry just sneaked past the Nissan Altima. Both brands received good safety scores from IIHS and infused standard safety features in their designs, with the Altima sporting the famous ProPilot which operates on the SAE level 1 car autonomy.
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Altima's 2.5 Liter I-4 engine delivers a lower power output of 184 hp compared to Camry's 203 hp
Camry comes with an engine that supplies better power output and fuel economy. For instance, Camry’s base trim engine, a 2.5 Liter 4 cylinder engine powers out 203 hp and 184 lb-ft torque while the same base trim of the Altima the 2.5 S with a similar 2.5 Liter I-4 engine delivers a lower 184 hp and 178 lb-ft torque. Comparing the base trims for fuel economy indicated a similar verdict with the Camry offering better rating by about one extra mile in both city and highway travel.
Toyota Camry: - 29/41 mpg (city/highway)
Nissan Altima: - 28/39 mpg (city/highway)
5. Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen and Toyota have a very healthy competition that dates a back a few decades. Toyota on one hand has pursued efforts to build budget friendly cars that post fuel economy while still improving on power performance of these cars. On the other hand, Volkswagen group have been developing safety and customer convenience technology in their cars which is why they have seemingly been ahead of Toyota in that area.
Considering the 2019 offerings from both automakers, it is clearly obvious that the Volkswagen Passat comes with higher safety features compared to the Camry. Volkswagen Passat comes with Automatic Post-collision braking system that reduces the distance a car travels after collision inhibiting the chances of more collision after a crash. It also sports an intelligent crash response system, which are both lacking in all trims of the Camry.
Volkswagen Passat comes with Automatic Post-collision braking system
Another notable plus of the Passat over the Camry is its better warranty options compared to that offered on the Camry. Passat has a 72,000 miles bumper-to-bumper Limited Warranty while the Camry has 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
6. Kia Optima
The South Korean automaker has built a real competition to the Camry. It comes with features that give the Kia Optima some bragging right to the throne of the mid-size vehicle. In contrast to the Toyota Camry which is offers in two engine options, Kia offers the Optima in three engine option including the 2.0 Liter turbo engine, the 2.4 liter I-4 engine and the 1.6 Liter I-4 engine. These engines offer power output of 185 hp and 178 hp respectively.
Kia offers the Optima in three engine options compared to Camry's two
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Both brands post impressive fuel economy digits. For example, the LX trim of Kia Optima which utilizes a 6 speed automatic transmission delivers an estimated EPA fuel economy of 24/33 mpg (city/highway) while the same base trim of the Camry using an 8 speed automatic transmission has an estimated fuel economy of 29/41 mpg (city/highway). Kia Optima puts solid numbers out there to rival the camry as can be seen below;
|Features||Toyota Camry||Kia Optima|
|Trunk storage space||14.1 cubic-ft||15.9 cubic-ft|
|Dual Clutch Transmission||No||Yes|
|Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatible||No||Yes|
|Front seat legroom||42.1 inch||45.5 inch|
7. Honda Accord
Honda Accord is the most popular and likely the closest competition the Camry has ever had. Sales figures for the US alone shows that about 153,579 units of Honda Accord has been sold from January through July already which is just a units shy of the sales numbers recorded for the Camry within the same period.
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About 153,579 units of Honda Accord has been sold so far this year in the US
A close examination of both brands indicates how close they are in terms of interior quality, reliability, Engine specs and fuel economy. Honda’s 1.5 Liter I-4 engine delivers a close value (192 hp) to Camry’s 2.5 Liter I-4 engine(203 hp). Same argument is true for both brands V6 engines, which deliver close power outputs.
This are the top competition to the Camry in the Nigerian market and across the globe. However, we must mention that Mazda 6 has been a great competition for the Camry as its plush interior design, lovely exterior look has push the Camry for more market share. You should seriously consider Mazda 6 if you looking out for an option other than Toyota Camry.