2019 Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima is all new for 2019, and it has a lot to boast about. Not only has it been redesigned with a lower center of gravity for better driving and handling performance, but it is also the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive sedan in its class. Other improvements for this model year include more interior space, improved standard safety equipment, and a new option for a turbo engine – the first variable compression turbo engine in the world. Now in its sixth generation, the Altima is taking on the rest of the midsized sedan market with more confidence than ever.
Trims and Standard Features
The trim levels of the ’19 Nissan Altima are the S, SR, SR VC-Turbo, SV, SL, Platinum, Platinum VC-Turbo, and Edition ONE VC-Turbo. Intelligent AWD is available on all but the three VC-Turbo trims, which are strictly front-wheel drive. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 188 horsepower and achieves up to 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway, while the 2.0-liter Variable Compression Turbo four-cylinder makes 248 hp and achieves up to 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
The base S is well equipped with push-button start, active grille shutters (to optimize fuel efficiency), and an eight-way power driver’s seat. The SR and the SR VC-Turbo add paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, and LED headlights. The SV gets a power sliding glass moonroof and some more active safety features: auto emergency braking, ProPILOT Assist (semi-autonomous technology), auto emergency braking, and intelligent lane intervention.
The luxury list grows on the SL with the addition of Nissan Navigation, leather seating surfaces, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, and a premium Bose audio system. The Platinum and Platinum VC-Turbo take their game further with 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, the Intelligent Around View Monitor, interior accent lighting, and driver’s memory seat. The late-availability Edition ONE VC-Turbo is exceptional, with its sporty look, rear spoiler, puddle lights, special badging and floor mats, and Nissan Concierge Service, which uses a 24/7 live assistant to book dinner reservations and buy event tickets.
Safety and Technology Features
The standard active safety equipment on the ’19 Altima is impressive, with many features that its competitors only include with the higher trim levels or as costly add-ons. For example, all Altima trims have forward collision warning, but none of the rivals do – not Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, or Kia Optima. Those same rival car models also fail to offer all-wheel drive. Nissan’s midsized sedan also has available rear automatic braking, which is only offered by a couple of its competitors. The SR trim and higher have cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot monitor, and a surround view monitor, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning are available. All Altimas have the potentially life-saving Rear Door Alert feature, which reminds the driver as they’re leaving the vehicle if a child (or pet) has been left in the rear seat.
The redesigned NissanConnect system comes standard with AM/FM radio, six speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and streaming audio, SiriusXM satellite radio, four USB ports (two of which are high-speed type-C ports), and speed-sensitive volume control. An upgrade to a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system with active noise cancellation is standard on the SL trim and above.