2019 Nissan Altima Review


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2019 Nissan Altima Overview

The Nissan Altima has always faced stiff competition in a crowded segment, and the sixth-generation Altima is no exception. For 2019, the Altima has been thoroughly reworked, starting with distinctive bodywork highlighted by a tall V-shaped grille. Pricing and fuel economy for the all-new Altima haven’t been announced yet, but the car will go on sale this fall and will be available in S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum trims.

Under the hood of the base Altima is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with direct injection, 188 horsepower, and 180 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy figures aren’t out yet, but last year’s base Altima managed mpg figures in the high-30s on the highway. There is no longer a 6-cylinder option for the sixth-generation Altima. In its place is a turbo four with 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque—a lot of extra punch over the standard powerplant. The turbo engine is only available on the Altima SR and Altima Platinum models, and it runs on premium fuel. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that can be ordered with paddle shifters.

A surprising feature is the addition of all-wheel drive (AWD) to the Altima range, making it the first U.S.-market Nissan sedan to come with AWD. Partly to distinguish itself from competitors and partly to woo potential crossover buyers back to a midsize sedan, the addition of AWD will also appeal to cold weather drivers. For now, AWD is only available with the base engine.

Handling is fairly conventional for the Altima with a front strut and multi-link rear suspension layout. The electric power steering is a dual-pinion system that Nissan claims is quieter, and Nissan has added monotube rear dampers. The Altima SR gets sport-tuned suspension, while buyers who choose AWD get a system that drives the front wheels most of the time but can split torque evenly from front to rear depending on conditions. The Altima platform is longer, lower, and wider than before.

All 2019 Nissan Altimas come with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, a USB-C port, Bluetooth, keyless ignition, a 7.0-inch color display in the instrument cluster, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. An “Intelligent Climate Control” system paired with the keyless ignition will get the Altima to a desired temperature before the driver steps inside. Options include a nine-speaker Bose stereo, navigation, a sunroof, LED headlights, heated front seats, and power passenger’s seat. The SR, SL, and Platinum models come with leather seats; the lower-tier S and SV get cloth.

Standard safety features for the Altima include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and a reversing camera. Optional extras include blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, rear automatic braking, and active lane control. Another option is the Level 2 semi-autonomous driving system. A thorough reworking of Nissan’s bread-and-butter midsize sedan keeps it in the running within a highly-competitive class.


Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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