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#359 of 730 NAH vs. TCH
Apr 20, 2009 (9:29 am)
I currently have a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid that I bought in late September 2006, just in time for the full ($2,600) Federal tax credit. It is a great car. In the summer I average about 37-38mpg and in the winter about 32mpg. It is incredibly quiet and roomy although, like all Toyotas, I would not exactly call it sporty. The problem is, after nearly three years and 50,000 miles, I am getting bored with it.
Since I love the quiet and (relatively) great fuel economy of hybrids, I want to stick with one and with the full, $2,350 Federal tax credit still in effect for the Nissan Altima Hybrid, I think I can still come out ahead buying one. The NAH is a little sportier than the TCH, I like the backup camera available with the NAH and think Nissan generally has better navigation systems than Toyota but the TCH is roomier and quieter. I am tending towards the NAH but would first like to know if its fuel economy is comparable to that of the TCH.
And also, if anyone here has looked at both the TCH and NAH, why did you choose what you chose?
Thank to everyone in advance.
#360 of 730 Re: NAH vs. TCH [newcars]
Apr 21, 2009 (12:25 pm)
Haven't driven a TCH, but I get around 35 mpg overall (about 37 summer, 31 winter). I think you sacrafice a little bit of fuel economy with the Altima but I think the seats of the NAH is much more comfortable then a TCH. You should just go test drive one and see how you like it, see if your are comfy in the seats, etc. goodluck
#361 of 730 Re: NAH vs. TCH [newcars]
Apr 24, 2009 (10:22 am)
I am the former owner of a Toyota Camry (not a hybrid) that was a good but, well yes, boring car. I bought my 2008 NAH last July and have loved everything about it ever since.
I would say my gas mileage was in the 36-40 mpg range in the summer, depending on AC, city vs. highway driving etc. When just highway, I got around 42, which was sweet. Winter range: 32-35 mpg. I live in DC.
I didn't consider the TCH because (a) I didn't want another boring car and (b) there was no Federal tax credit available.
The NAH car is fun to drive, has pickup when you need it, and is so stylish that a colleague even left a note on the car, not knowing it belonged to me, admiring it parked in front of the building and wondering where she could get one too. (NAH is not available in my area, so it requires a serious commitment to go to NJ, NY, or New England to get it from here as well as research on who will service it.)
My 11-year-old daughter thinks the back seat is roomier than than Camry. I don't know that's true, but she thinks the Altima is "way cool."
The only drawback is that smaller trunk, but I have found it adequate, even for beach vacations with all the attendant accountrements.
I loved not only my Federal tax rebate but also the fact that I was exempted from state sales tax (tied to the Federal status) and got a reduced registration fee as well. Rebates and reduced rates for hybrids are different in different states, but that's easy to check on the web. Those economics helped make my decision.
Also, I wanted to write in after owning the car 8 months just to say thanks to those who have posted in this forum for their honest and helpful observations and hints. The posts gave me the confidence to research a vehicle I couldn't drive until I committed to checking one out far away from home. It has proven to be a great decision so far.
Good luck with your purchase.
#362 of 730 Re: NAH vs. TCH [kiraadc]
Apr 24, 2009 (1:21 pm)
Thank you for your advice and mileage report. I appreciate it. One more question that I must ask about the Nissan Altima Hybrid. How quiet is it?
We agree that the Camry is a boring car but one thing that I did love about it is that it was whisper quiet. I really did not realize how much I enjoyed that quiet until I drove other cars (including a non-hybrid Altima as a rental). Nothing compared to the quiet of my Toyota Camry Hybrid. However else the Camry is boring -- and we agree that it is boring -- the Toyota Camry Hybrid is quiet. Very quiet. And sometimes after a long, stressful day, that quiet is absolutely GREAT!
So I need to know, is the Nissan Altima Hybrid quiet?
#363 of 730 Re: NAH vs. TCH [newcars]
Apr 24, 2009 (7:25 pm)
Ah, glad to help. On the question of noise of the NAH. Compared with my old Camry or any non-hybrid car, the Nissan Altima Hybrid is unbelievably quiet. It is wonderful to start the car without a noise, to sit in traffic quietly, to cruise along today on flat or mild stretches of the road noiselessly. Hands down winner over non-hybrids. I agree the quiet is a great benefit of driving a hybrid.
But, I could not tell you if it is more or less quiet than other hybrids ON AVERAGE in your driving conditions. That I don't know. What I suspect is, if comparing Altima to Camry ONLY when the gasoline engine kicks in, I bet the Camry would be a little quieter. I think that may be best answered in a road test.
Hope this helps!
#364 of 730 Re: NAH vs. TCH [newcars]
Apr 27, 2009 (7:11 am)
my volume is usually at 2 or 3 while in the city, 3-5 at highway speeds. the engine is quiet, wind noise isn't too bad. I think it's comparable to my mom's 2004 camry for noise
#365 of 730 Re: NAH vs. TCH [langjie]
Apr 29, 2009 (2:24 am)
Anyone know whether Nissan is close to hitting the 60,000 mark for the Tax Credit?
#367 of 730 Re: NAH vs. TCH [langjie]
Apr 29, 2009 (6:45 pm)
#368 of 730 Re: NAH vs. TCH [themouse]
Apr 30, 2009 (1:09 pm)
no problem. I knew I've seen those numbers somewhere