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2019 Nissan Altima OVERVIEW

The sedan market share has declined as the general consumer preference shifts toward higher-riding and often more capable crossovers and SUVs. The redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima gives consumers another reason or two for consideration, including available all-wheel drive across the lineup and a high-tech turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

What's New for 2019

The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima rides on a new chassis for improved handling and gains new engines that make gains in power and fuel efficiency. The exterior is lower, longer, and wider than before and the interior takes on a low cowl and a horizontal theme.

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Choosing Your Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima’s new exterior shape brings an enlarged interior that has been designed with a lower cowl for a more open sensation. The Altima receives two new engines and an all-wheel-drive system which distinguishes it from the best-sellers within the segment.

The standard engine is a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder that totals 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This setup achieves an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 32 combined with front-wheel drive.

The also new and more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a technological milestone for the automotive industry, as it incorporates a mechanical system that adjusts the cylinder compression ratio depending on power demands. Generally speaking, it helps the engine achieve added levels of efficiency and power. Peak power ratings for the turbo-four are 248 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and it achieves an EPA-estimated 25/34/29 mpg (city/highway/combined). This engine is only available on the SR ($4,050) and Platinum ($3,000) trims.

With either engine, Nissan’s updated continuously variable transmission transfers power to the front wheels. The new all-wheel-drive system is a key differentiating feature against the Altima's rivals, though it's only available with the 2.5-liter engine for an additional $1,350.

The Altima is available in five trims:


The S trim is priced at $24,645 (all prices include the $895 destination charge) and though it's the base trim, it features basic active safety equipment such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and a driver fatigue alert. The driver is also treated with proximity entry with push button start, an eight-way power seat, and a seven-inch digital display in the gauge cluster. An eight-inch infotainment display that integrates Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and satellite radio compatibility plays through a six-speaker audio system. Steel 16-inch wheels and a lack of package options are the only exterior clue to the S trims’ base status.


The SR trim begins at $25,995 and is the sporty version of the Altima with a tightened suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a dark-painted grille and rear lower fascia. Sport cloth seats, paddle shifters, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel continue the theme inside. LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and dual chrome exhaust tips are additional notable standard features. The Premium Package ($1,050) includes heated front seats, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a power sunroof.


Building on the S trim, the SV is priced at $28,825 and receives the full extent of Nissan’s latest active driver-assist technology that additionally brings rear automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. LED headlights and fog lights are among the features of the Premium Package which are also included as standard. Inside, a dual-zone climate control system with added rear vents is integrated with the remote engine start to pre-condition the interior. The black or gray cloth front seats are heated, as is the leather-wrapped steering wheel. There are no packages available on the SV trim.


The Altima SL starts at $30,735 and adds leather seating, a four-way power passenger seat, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, active noise cancellation, navigation, and NissanConnect Services. There are no optional features available.


The Platinum trim, which is priced at $32,675, builds off of the SL and adds 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a surround-view camera system, memory for the driver's seat, and interior accent lighting as standard equipment.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Nissan Altima S misses out on some of the added active safety and comfort features of the SR and SV trims, but it can still be ordered with all-wheel drive and already includes critical safety and connectivity capabilities, making it our go-to choice.

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