It's time to introduce the world to the fully redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima. This mid-size four-door sedan has been around since 1993, but this coming year marks the beginning of the sixth generation. We have to hand it to Nissan. The Altima is vastly improved, sporting a more powerful base engine, improved handling, and additional smartphone integration features. In this preview guide, we'll cover what makes the all-new Altima worth your time and hard-earned money.
What's New for 2019?
There are entirely too many changes and upgrades to list them all here. So consider this the CliffNotes summary. For starters, the Altima is lower, longer, and wider. The back seat and trunk haven't expanded but front head and leg room has expanded. You'll also notice you have more shoulder room. Another effect of this larger footprint is that the Altima looks more athletic.
A glance under the hood will confirm your suspicion. Two new engines grace the Altima. The first is the base 2.0-liter variable-compression turbocharger that replaces the old standard V6 engine. Then there's the second engine: a 188-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder base engine. The continuously variable transmission has been updated and feels more natural when shifting. If you want to emphasize the sportiness, there are optional paddle shifters on some trims. If you're a fan of all-wheel drive, the Nissan Altima finally has AWD available in any model with the 2.5-liter engine.
The Altima has a whole new look as well. The redesigned interior boasts better-quality materials and a cleaner, nicer layout. This sedan also benefits from a crisper, bolder exterior, composed of nicely chiseled lines. Almost every part of the Altima has changed at least a little and we like all the changes we see.
How Do I Know Whether the Altima Is Right for Me?
The Altima is known as the ultimate rental car. Don't knock it for that. That's an achievement! That distinction would only go to a car that is reliable, versatile, and affordable, along with features people love. Those elements are exactly the Altima's selling points. This Nissan sedan starts at just $23,750 and tops off at $12,000 more than that. That initial affordability is helped by great fuel economy. The Altima gets 28 city miles and 39 highway miles per gallon, which is great for the class. The Altima boasts composed and capable handling, and its spacious cabin is sure to please families.
The Nissan Altima also sports plenty of tech. Even the base S trim comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, satellite radio, four USB ports, six speakers, Bluetooth, voice recognition, push-button start, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning. Once you get all the way to the top-tier Platinum trim, we're talking 360-degree camera, 9-speaker system, and driver's seat memory settings.
Great tech, good price, and an updated interior and exterior, along with powerful engine options and new all-wheel drive, the Altima is evolving into a reliable daily commuter with a sporty streak.