2019 Nissan Altima Is A Jack Of Some Trades And Master Of A Few

The 2019 Nissan Altima isn’t the prettiest nor the sportiest in the mid-size segment, yet it offers plenty of kit as standard and costs less than an entry-level Volkswagen Passat.

For the first time, it’s offered with all-wheel drive, although you’ll have to fork out at least $25,100 to have the 2.5-liter four-pot deliver its 188 hp (191 PS / 140 kW) and 180 lb-ft (244 Nm) to both axles. And that’s excuding the $895 destination and handling charge.

While this engine gets the job done, according to ConsumerReports, clients will be better off with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four, which comes solely with FWD. It replaces the old V6 and makes 248 hp (252 PS / 185 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque.

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The CVT does a reasonable job at mimicking a multi-speed auto even under heavy acceleration, but the downside to choosing this version is the obvious turbo lag. There are a few more drawbacks to oping for the new Altima, such as the uninspired handling and dull steering, according to the reviewer.

Elsewhere, the cabin feels nicely put together, with good materials and easy-to-use controls. Even the infotainment system, which comes with smartphone integration, is intuitive and takes little practice to master. The rear seat has plenty of room for average-sized adults, but taller passengers will find that headroom isn’t that good.

With rivals such as the Mazda6, Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord, could the 2019 Altima be worth considering? The answer lies on video below.

 

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    I just shake my head at these reviews. These cars are designed to carry 4 or 5 people and their stuff in supreme comfort over short and long. The Altima does it extremely well. It’s not setting out to set lap records and ultra sharp handling is not really a factor for most commuting situations. Each to their own but I think the styling is slick and the interior IS fancy (enough), esp in that very light beige seat upholstery.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Of all the saloons I have driven and owned, the previous version of this was my biggest disappointment.
      This must be some improvement.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Honestly, I wish there were more cars that were aimed at the people that just want a comfortable and supple ride. Seems nowadays every car has to be super sharp and stiff, even family cars… I wish someone would make a car like a Mazda 6, but with soft suspension and low road noise, I’d totally buy that.

      • Adilos Nave

        Agreed. Make it look like a Mazda 6 but have soft suspension and vault-like low noise like a Lexus LS. That would make for a great daily driver.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        I tried a Mazda 6 with Michelin all weather tires. It kinda did the job with the softer rubber.

        • Bill Nguyen

          Might be a bit noisy though, right?

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Actually, no. The softer rubber masks noise. The handling was worse slightly

          • Bill Nguyen

            Ah, I believe you actually. My winter tires (Contis) don’t seem to be much noisier than my all seasons, unless I’m on the highway. But they’re MUCH softer.

  • CarbonPhiber

    Another horribly ugly Nissan. I say they ditch the whole Nissan lineup and replace it with Renaults. I admit I have no idea how those French cars drive, or how reliable they’d be, but could they really be any worse than these awful Nissans? I guess we could keep the Nissans for rental cars..

  • Yishay

    Looks like an old Saturn in sone ways

  • Yishay

    This will flop, heads will roll.

    Honestly this looks a step down from the previous styling direction

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