Nissan redesigned its Altima mid-size sedan for the 2019 model year. It was a comprehensive update that added standard AWD, putting it into a small group of family cars that offer four-wheel traction.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
Last year's Edition One trim, a special package to help introduce the new car, is gone for 2020.
Nissan offers the Altima in S, SV and Platinum trim levels. All use a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission and the aforementioned AWD system.
S trim comes with 16-inch steel wheels with covers, automatic on/off headlights, heated side mirrors, an 8.0-inch infotainment display, rear door alert, air conditioning, passive keyless entry, remote engine start, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
SV adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED signature lighting and fog lights, sunroof, garage door opener, dual-zone automatic climate control, intelligent cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, automatic high beams, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, ProPilot Assist, forward pedestrian detection, intelligent lane intervention, backup sensors and rear emergency braking.
Finally, Platinum brings 19-inch wheels, memory settings for the driver's seat and side mirrors, navigation, the NissanConnect suite, 360-degree exterior around-view monitor, interior accent lighting, wood-tone interior trim, a nine-speaker stereo and traffic sign recognition.
Nissan's fuel consumption estimates for the Altima are 9.1/6.5 L/100 km (city/highway) for S and SV trims. Platinum trim estimates are 9.3/6.7 L/100 km.
The Altima faces its stiffest competition from the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The Subaru Legacy is the only other car in this class with standard AWD, but the Ford Fusion offers it as an option. Other noteworthy family sedans are the Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Passat.
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