As American automakers shift away from family sedans in favor of more crossovers and SUVs, other automakers don’t seem to be shying away from four-door cars. And it’s not hard to see why based on a recent study from Nissan that indicates 78 percent of American driver’s who don’t own a sedan would consider one for a future purchase – including millennials and Gen Xers alike. With this kind of data, it’s no wonder that Nissan is all-in with sedans boasting one of the broadest and freshest sedan lineups including the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima. Since 1993, Nissan has sold 5.6 million Altimas and is currently Nissan’s top-selling car, and the sixth generation of this mid-size sedan should remain a top offering in this segment thanks to an expressive design, a new turbocharged engine and available all-wheel drive. Nissan is swinging for the fences with the 2019 Nissan Altima!
2019 Nissan Altima Exterior
Nissan says that the styling exhibited on the 2019 Nissan Altima will become the new global face for the brand’s sedans, and that bodes well for four-door fanatics. The new Altima is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor with a more aggressive take on Nissan’s design language, which it calls Vmotion 2.0. This sedan has harder edges from all angles, but it’s the front where the most visual impact is made with a larger grille that dips lower into the front fascia. Sharper body creases with pronounced wheel arches give the new Altima an athletic stance, and the SR trim level gets an appearance that is sportier and distinctive from other trim levels with 19-inch wheels, dark chrome grille accents, a dark grey rear diffuser and black mirror caps. The only ding on the new Altima’s design is where the hood and headlight meet up, which creates a gap large enough to make it look like the hood is open–an unfortunate design flaw on an otherwise stylish vehicle.
2019 Nissan Altima Interior
Above all else, family sedans need to be comfortable and accommodating, and the 2019 Nissan Altima delivers on both. With a two-inch longer wheelbase and about an inch of added width, the passenger compartment feels roomier than the previous Altima despite the spec sheet showing marginally reduced interior space. There is plenty of headroom and legroom for five adult passengers, and the best part is Nissan’s ultra-comfortable zero-gravity seats that provide a surprising blend of soft cushioning and firm side bolstering. This combination results in the typical comfort expected from a family sedan with an added dose of sportiness in spirited driving. Speaking of sporty, all 2019 Altimas come standard with a sporty-looking flat-bottom steering wheel, and all but the base Altima S have a leather-wrapped wheel for driver’s to enjoy.
The Altima SR adds an even sportier vibe with a blacked-out cabin accented by stylish metallic trim, contrasting orange stitching and small areas of faux carbon fiber. This trim level also gets exclusive seat treatments with a mix of leather and quilted, cloth inserts. All trim levels get the same seven-inch digital gauge cluster display and eight-inch infotainment screen, which features an interface that is an upgrade from the previous Altima (and some other current Nissan models) with improved graphics and an easier interface. When it comes to connectivity, the new Altima delivers big not only with standard NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but it also has an abundance of power supplies with a USB, USB-C, aux jack and 12-volt outlet up front and a USB and USB-C for rear occupants.
2019 Nissan Altima Powertrain
The 2019 Nissan Altima makes big changes under the hood with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder replacing the optional V-6 and – for the first time – an advanced all-wheel drive system, but this tester was equipped with the base front-drive, 2.5-liter four-cylinder configuration. This engine has also been updated for 2019 bringing direct injection, higher output (188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque) and increased fuel economy with EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of up to 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway*; the SR and Platinum trim levels are rated at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway*. Both of the Altima’s engines are still paired to Nissan’s Xtronic transmission. The base engine also benefits from a mirror bore process–first used on the Nissan GT-R–to reduce engine friction and improve efficiency.
Nissan’s SR trim levels have always been geared more for the sportier crowd, and that’s true for the 2019 Altima SR–just don’t expect anything close to the NISMO treatment. What you do get is a sport-tuned suspension that returns responsive handling without being too tight or bouncy as well as a manual shift mode with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. In this guise, this version of the new Altima is probably only a good steering tune away from rivaling the Mazda6 for sportiest mid-size sedan.
2019 Nissan Altima Safety
The 2019 Nissan Altima has not yet rated the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but it comes with all the safety features expected from a modern family sedan. All trims are equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, while the SR adds Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warning. Nissan’s class-leading, semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist technology only available on SV, SL and Platinum trim levels.
2019 Nissan Altima Overall
The previous Altima was loved for its comfort and content, and the 2019 Nissan Altima gets even better with added styling, safety and sportiness. Like most other family sedans, the all-new 2019 Altima has an affordable price point with a starting MSRP of $23,750**, and this well-equipped SR tester was still surprisingly affordable with an as-tested price of just $27,665. Taking all of this into consideration, it isn’t hard to see why the Nissan Altima remains one of the most successful family sedans on the market.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Nissan dealership and test drive the 2019 Nissan Altima today!
* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.