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.
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.