For 2019 Nissan fully redesigned its Altima midsize sedan, adding a slew of updates to the popular model. Slotted between the compact Nissan Sentra and below the full-size Nissan Maxima, the Altima competes head-to-head with other mainstream midsize sedans.
Two key updates for 2019 are the availability of all-wheel-drive, a rarity in the segment, and an optional variable compression powerplant, that Nissan asserts delivers the performance of six-cylinder and the efficiency of a four-cylinder.
As before, the Altima is a no-nonsense type of car that offers a roomy and comfortable cabin and decent performance. Its controls are simple to operate and there are no major compromises. Pricing for the 2019 model starts at $23,750.
Pros: The well-equipped base S model comes standard with advanced safety features. A comfortable ride and supportive seats make the Altima a pleasant road companion. Available all-wheel-drive makes it an appealing choice for shoppers in colder climates.
Cons: Unlike the Toyota Camry, the Nissan Altima no longer offers a V-6 engine for shoppers looking for the smooth and linear power delivery experience that only a larger non-aspirated engine can offer.
Looks Best In: Lighter exterior paint colors set off the blacked out C-pillar and dark trim around the grille surround nicely. Charcoal interior fits the utilitarian Altima’s mission well.
Competition: The Altima’s main rivals are the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, two of the segment’s top sellers. The Ford Fusion and Subaru Legacy are the only other vehicles in the segment that offer all-wheel-drive.
For shoppers looking for a sporty driving experience, the Mazda 6, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are the best handlers in the segment. The large Volkswagen Passat and Hyundai Sonata are roomy and practical picks within the segment.
Safety Score: The 2019 version of the Nissan Altima has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, however based on the precedent set by the previous generation Altima as the recipient of the organization’s Top Safety Pick designation, it is expected to perform well.
Summary: The 2019 Altima does without embellishments and gimmicky tech of some competitors, making it an appealing choice for a wide swath of shoppers. It’s simplicity and comfort make it easy to live with, and competitive pricing makes it a good value.