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Nissan Altima

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Overview of the Nissan Altima

Learn about the Nissan Altima

Summary

The Nissan Altima is the classic mid-size sedan with a sporty, playful side. Its character is personalized by pronounced exterior edging and contemporary interior. Along with the everyday functionality of its design, its array of safety amenities is impressive, like radar detection and emergency braking features, which prevent accidents and keep passengers secure. The front-wheel models handle smoothly, and an all-wheel option is available starting in 2019. All in all, the Altima's functional size and interior amenities make it suitable for everyday use for the urban driver.

Safety

Nissan has developed Safety Shield technology, which uses radar to detect obstacles around the car and prevent accidents, which is useful when fitting into tight parking spaces. Models from 2013 onwards also feature driver-assist technology, helping with navigation and steering in difficult driving conditions. Other safety features included in all generations are:

  • Front and rear airbags on driver and passenger sides
  • Four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) and disc brakes for sudden stops
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) to reduce the risk of losing control
  • Child safety locks

Interior

The interior has modern comfort built into a modest design. Its zero-gravity front seats maximize support and reduce fatigue, making long trips comfortable. All trims include heated seats with fabric or optional leather, as well as air conditioning and electric windows. Models as old as 2008 come with a folding rear seat and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel for added convenience.

Technology

High-tech features like push-button ignition and intelligent lockout protection can be added to all generations and trims. You'll find most models come standard with a built-in four-speaker audio system (six-speaker in 2019 models). An even more advanced Bose nine-speaker system option is also available on the newest Altimas. Other optional enhancement packages include:

  • Media centre with touchscreen and GPS navigation
  • Bluetooth for Apple/Android mobile devices and USB ports 
  • Heated mirrors with light-up turn signals

Older base sedan models, like the 2011, only come with basics like power accessories and keyless entry, but a CD player, six-speaker stereo and an auxiliary audio jack is available with the 2.5 S trim.

Space

As expected of a mid-size sedan, the Altima’s trunk has a reasonable cargo space of 15.4 cubic feet. Its wide opening makes loading much more manageable, plus its folding rear seats expand the trunk to fit larger items. The cabin space is standard for a sedan, but many reviewers note significant legroom in the front and back seats. 

Comfort

For longer journeys, the 2019 lineup's standard intelligent all-wheel drive is an improvement to the Altima. While reviews have noted some engine noise in the rear, front-wheel drive models offer a comfortable ride with resilient suspension for maneuvering rough roads and potholes. Additional comfort features include a seamless continuously variable transmission (CVT) to enhance the V6 engine.

Pros and cons of the Nissan Altima

  • Standard intelligent all-wheel drive
  • Large lineup of latest driver assist tech
  • CVT transmission smooth and quiet
  • Only one engine offered
  • Can be noisy for rear seat passengers
  • Modest interior design
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Nissan Altima

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags10

Specifications of the Nissan Altima

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption9.1 - 9.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.5 - 6.7 L/100km
  • Width1852 mm
  • Length4900 mm
  • Trunk space436 L
  • Cargo space436 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Nissan Altima

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Nissan Altima 2019 - present is available in 4 trims:

S trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the S trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the S trim:
2.5 L - Gas - 182 hp
City consumption:9.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:770 km

SV trim features and specs

Available with the SV trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SV trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SV trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SV trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the SV trim:
2.5 L - Gas - 182 hp
City consumption:9.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:770 km

Platinum trim features and specs

Available with the Platinum trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Emergency call system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Platinum trim:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Platinum trim:
2.5 L - Gas - 182 hp
City consumption:9.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:749 km

Edition ONE trim features and specs

Available with the Edition ONE trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Edition ONE trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Edition ONE trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Emergency call system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Edition ONE trim:
  • 360 degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Digital radio
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the Edition ONE trim:
2.5 L - Gas - 182 hp
City consumption:9.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:749 km

Frequently asked questions about the Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima combines elements of a classic sports car and a luxury sedan, creating a fun yet practical, unique style.

The Altima comes in five trims:

  • The base model
  • The S
  • The SV
  • The Platinum
  • The Edition One

The S expands on the base trim with more tech and safety features. The SV is another step above, with more customizable components and slightly smaller wheels for easier access.

From 2010 onward, Nissan Altima S models and higher feature a backup camera for added safety and ease when parking in reverse.

The base price of the 2019 Nissan Altima is $27,998 in Canada. However, this cost can be reduced considerably by purchasing a quality used vehicle.