Although sedans are losing ground to crossovers and SUVs, Nissan isn’t ready to retire the Altima. Quite the opposite, as earlier this year they launched a new generation, replacing the previous model that was in the market since 2012.
The sixth-gen midsize sedan has to face rivals such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Mazda6, in North America, and it plans to do so with new design, technologies, engines and even all-wheel drive.
Base models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 188 hp (191 PS / 140 kW) and 180 lb-ft (244 Nm) of torque. Replacing the old V6 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit with 248 hp (252 PS / 185 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque on premium fuel. This should be the one to go for, as it’s a better overall package, even with quirks, such as turbo lag and a slow-responsive CVT, as Kelley Blue Book notes in their review.
On the open road, the 2019 Altima feels better overall compared to its predecessor. It tackles corners better, the suspension is good and the front seats offer enough lumbar support and are very comfortable.
The interior is described as being simplistic and user-friendly. There’s an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and Amazon Alexa as an optional extra, so you won’t be left wanting in this department.
FNissan has also equipped the new Altima with a lot of active and passive safety features that make driving it easier as well as more safe.
For a car in this class, the boot space is very decent. Rear headroom isn’t bad either, but due to the slightly sloping roofline, taller passengers might feel a bit cramped.
So, is the 2019 Altima the midsize sedan to go for? Let’s see what KBB has to say about it.