Fully-redesigned, the 2019 Nissan Altima refreshes the long-loved sedan with more new features and design improvements than ever before. With the world’s first consumer-available Variable Compression Turbo engine, first-time all-wheel drive options, numerous semi-automated driving features, and a starting MSRP of $24,000, the best Altima yet blows away the competition.
The more the merrier: with eight different trim options to choose from, there’s an Altima for everyone.
Starting with the S base model, which comes with standard features often not even offered by competitors, such as intelligent forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and a NissanConnect 8” touch-screen display equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The SR adds 19” aluminum-alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters with manual shift mode along with the steering wheel, and a stylish dark chrome V-Motion grille.
The SR VC-Turbo sports the world’s first available production VC-Turbo engine.
The SV comes with ProPILOT Assist, pedestrian detection, intelligent lane intervention, and a Power Sliding Glass Moonroof
Next up is the SL, which features Nissan Door to Door Navigation with Premium Traffic, leather-appointed seats with a 4-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat, and the Boss Premium Audio System with nine speakers.
Upgrading to the Platinum gets you an Intelligent Around View monitor, a driver’s memory seat, and interior accent lighting.
Power up with the Platinum VC-Turbo, which adds the VC-Turbo engine.
Finally, the Edition One VC-Turbo features the VC-Turbo engine, a rear spoiler, external ground lighting, Nissan Concierge Service, and unique carpeted floor mats.
Interior and Technology
Environmental control has never been more advanced and personally-tailored. Available Dual-zone automatic temperature controls allow you and your front passenger to adjust heating and cooling to their own personal choice, independent of each other. Heated front seats achieve maximum comfort quicker than ever, with a newly-redesigned heating sequence. Cold mornings mean cold hands, but once you’ve taken the wheel, the heated steering wheel will thaw out your hands. These features can all be activated before you even step into your car, thanks to the Altima Remote Engine Start system.
Lugging around large items in small cars can often be a struggle, but not this time. With 15.4 cu. ft. of trunk space, you’ll have plenty of room for groceries, tools, toys and more. The 3-passenger 60/40 split rear seats can fold down to add even more storage capacity.
Phone connection is a breeze, thanks to the inclusion of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While most competitors only offer one of these options and often charge extra, the Altima comes standard with both.
The available Bose Premium Audio System brings a theatre-like music experience behind the wheel of the Altima. Nine precision-placed Bose speakers create a uniquely-engineered acoustic environment filled with incredible clarity and power. Active Noise Cancellation ensures your musical nirvana isn’t spoiled by outside interference.
Available NissanConnect technologies allow you to stay in touch with the world around you from the seat of your car. Nissan Door to Door Navigation makes getting around even the most confusing streets a breeze, starting from your smartphone as you walk out of your house to the car’s own displays when you take the wheel. NissanConnect Services Skill with Amazon Alexa lets you command music, maps and more with a few simple spoken words, letting you stay focused and in control.
Engine and Performance
The 2019 Nissan Altima’s base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cyl. direct injection with improved internals and tolerances from previous generations. This engine offers 188 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque.
The king of the road, however, is the new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo DOHC 16-valve 4-cyl. engine. The VC-Turbo is the world’s first Variable Compression Turbo engine available to consumers. Over 20 years of research and development have produced an all-new engine design that anticipates and adjusts to your driving demands, reaching never-before-seen levels of power and efficiency. It marries the raw power of a V6 and the fuel efficiency of a traditional four-cyl. engine. With 236 horsepower, 267 lb.-ft. of torque, and 29 combined mpg, the VC-Turbo is a must-have.
The XTRONIC CVT Continuously Variable Transmission is a hallmark of the Altima line, though some models offer Manual Shift mode for those seeking more hands-on experience.
The 2019 Altima is Nissan’s first sedan with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, alongside the standard front-wheel drive option.
Safety and Driving Aids
A standard ten airbag system, including dual-stage supplemental front air bags, seat belt sensors, and occupant-classification detection ensures you and your passengers are protected from all angles in the event of an accident.
In the event of oversteering, Vehicle Dynamic Control reduces engine power and applies brake pressure to the most important wheels to help maintain control. When wheelspin occurs, the Traction Control System reduces the throttle automatically to help regain traction. Anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist help your car stop anytime, anywhere.
The Nissan Intelligent Mobility framework puts safety and ease-of-use first with a host of technologies, such as Safety Shield 360 and ProPILOT Assist, that make driving this year’s Altima our most confident, connected, and exhilarating experience yet.
Safety Shield 360, available on SV trims and above, is the next level in protection on the road. With sensors keeping an eye on conditions in front, behind, and on either side of the car, you’ll be warned of any incoming threats and aided in combating them.
Automatic Emergency Braking detects threats in front of you and stops the car before a collision occurs. Rear Automatic Braking prevents you from backing into obstacles in your way. Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warnings detect cars coming at you from hard-to-see angles and alerts you to their presence, especially when backing up. Lane Departure Warning lets you know if you’re drifting out of lane unintentionally. High Beam Assist can turn up the brightness of your headlights automatically, illuminating all in your way.
ProPILOT Assist brings you a step into the future with computer-assisted driving. From long, monotonous open highway adventures to high traffic intensity, ProPILOT helps ease your hands-on experience and keep you alert to any dangers.
Radar sensors and cameras combine to give the ProPILOT the ability to detect cars and lanes in front of the car. With this information, ProPILOT can maintain a driver-preset gap between you and other drivers, as well as maintain centering within the lane. Stop-and-go traffic is no longer a nightmare, as ProPILOT can stop the vehicle in place, hold until conditions improve, and then bring you back up to speed to continue your journey.
NissanConnect Services, powered by SiriusXM, offers a range of plans features to keep your connection to your car and the world around it in even the worst circumstances.
Sign in to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant just like on your phone and in your home. Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notifications, and Emergency Calling can get aid to you in the event of an accident. Curfew, Boundary, Valet and Speed Alerts give you peace of mind when letting someone else take the wheel. Connected Search, Journey Planner, and Destination Assistance can help you find and plan for new adventures on the road of life.