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The more expensive and feature-laden Nissan Maxima is out of place compared to the other cars listed here. Nissan’s Altima sedan is more in line with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord as far as pricing and feature content. Among V-6 models of the Camry, Accord and Altima, all are refined offerings but have individual characteristics. We’ll lay down some facts and impressions to help you decide which one is right for you.

A few Cars.com editors agree the Altima has the gutsiest seat-of-the pants feeling, followed by the Camry and then Accord. The Accord has more balanced characteristics than the others as Cars.com editor Mike Hanley explains in his review:

“Honda has found the sweet spot here, with a driving experience that rivals the sporty characteristics of the Nissan Altima, without the Altima's stiff ride on rough surfaces, while equaling the Toyota Camry's ride smoothness, without its floaty, unsure responses on winding roads.”  2010accordexl
Reliability of V-6 models is lower compared to four-cylinder offerings for all three, though Consumer Reports rates the Accord higher than the Altima and Camry in its new-car predictions. The Accord V-6 is predicted to have reliability that’s 18 percent higher than average, the Altima predictions are 8 percent and Camry is 3 percent above the norm.

As far as pricing for entry-level V-6 offerings, the Accord is the most expensive with the V-6 EX model at $26,805. The Camry’s LE V-6 is $24,565 and Altima 3.5 SR is $24,520.  

Gas mileage is fairly equal for all three as they all have 23 mpg combined ratings. More specifically, the Accord gets an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway, the Altima rates 20/27 mpg and the Camry gets 19/28 mpg. 

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on December 10, 2009 in Cadillac SRX , Honda , Honda Accord , Nissan , Nissan Maxima , Toyota , Toyota Camry , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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