Quite a bit has occurred within the midsize sedan section over the previous decade. Class stalwarts just like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry now boast a wholesome serving to of styling aptitude. Again-of-the-pack entries just like the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima at the moment are legit front-runners. At the same time as firms like Ford and Fiat-Chrysler have left or are planning to tug away from this house, midsize sedans are nonetheless vastly vital.
So far as Nissan’s involved, after promoting practically 255,000 Altimas in 2017, strolling away from the midsize sedan section would not make a complete lot of sense. In actual fact, Nissan goes all-in, reupping with the brand-new 2019 Altima that represents the nameplate’s largest step ahead but when it comes to appears, tech and efficiency.
The outgoing Nissan Altima was just like the manila folder of midsize four-doors. Fortunately, the sixth-generation, 2019 Altima ditches its predecessors’ uninteresting threads for a extra impressed look, getting decrease, longer and wider, with practically 2 further inches constructed into the wheelbase. Like its massive brother Maxima, it has a extra in-your-face V-Movement grille, aggressive LED lights, a shorter entrance overhang and the love-it-or-hate-it floating roof design.
Heading inside, issues are additionally visually extra stimulating with a layered sprint and contrasting two-tone panels, in addition to stitched, soft-touch areas and silver trim. Mixing issues up additional are fake wood-pattern bits that do not look horrible, however do seem like one thing that you’d see on higher-quality particle board furnishings.
The Altima’s new V-Movement grille makes an even bigger assertion.
In a nod to consolation, Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats acquire extra bolstering to carry entrance occupants snugly in place contained in the spacious cabin. The seat’s pleasing mixture of cushiness and assist from the dual-density foam was glorious throughout a Four-hour round-trip experience from Detroit to Coldwater, Michigan. On the finish of the journey, I felt contemporary and ache-free.
Up-to-date cabin tech
On my range-topping Platinum check automotive, a NissanConnect infotainment system with an Eight-inch touchscreen comes customary with navigation, nine-speaker Bose audio setup, satellite tv for pc radio and each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Punching in my vacation spot in Coldwater was fast and intuitive with the responsive touchscreen and easy format. Fortunately, NissanConnect nonetheless employs a good variety of onerous buttons so you possibly can simply get to the most typical menus like audio, navi and residential, whereas adjusting quantity and altering radio stations is a cinch with old-fashion rotary knobs.
There isn’t any scarcity of energy factors, with a USB Kind-A, USB Kind-C and 12-volt outlet up entrance. For people within the rear, there’s one other customary USB and USB Kind-C outlet inside simple attain on the again of the middle console.
The layered sprint with two-tone panels and silver trim up the cabin’s type sport.
On the protection entrance, the loaded Altima Platinum comes customary with a ProPilot Help suite of options that provides adaptive cruise management, lane departure warning, lane-keep help, ahead collision warning with computerized emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, in addition to a 360-degree digital camera. Nonetheless, I discovered the digital camera picture high quality disappointingly grainy. Like different ProPilot Help-equipped autos, the Altima can use its adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help concurrently, letting the automotive make fast work of stop-and-go freeway site visitors. It was good for the lengthy freeway cruise to western Michigan.
Turbocharged efficiency tech
The Altima’s tech story does not finish within the cabin. Below the hood of my check automotive was the brand new 2.Zero-liter VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine that replaces the outgoing three.5-liter V6. New engineering tech offers the powerplant the power to change the size of the piston stroke for variable compression from Eight:1 for max efficiency to 14:1 when chasing gasoline effectivity.
The outdated three.5-liter V6 will get changed by a 2.Zero-liter VC-Turbo engine with 248 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
Output is serviceable, with 248 horsepower on faucet, however the secret is the 280 pound-feet of torque accessible from simply 1,600 rpm, giving the Altima a punchy really feel off the road and all through the higher a part of the rev vary. Issues do taper off barely whenever you method the 6,000-rpm redline. Impressively, the engine hums alongside easily with nary an indication of the advanced compression modifications even happening as you roll down the street.
A repeatedly variable transmission works with the engine to return 25 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 34 mpg on the freeway. And I’ve to say, I do not hate the CVT with its simulated gear modifications below regular throttle masses. After all, mashing the fuel will make the engine scream annoyingly like with all CVTs.
Barely sharper reflexes
Whereas nonetheless nowhere close to as sharp because the Honda Accord or Mazda6, the Altima has tighter efficiency than earlier than. Its new underpinnings embody reworked rear shocks in addition to beefier suspension reinforcements in an effort to enhance steering response and suggestions. To Nissan’s credit score, the Altima does really feel extra keen to show in, physique roll is healthier stored in verify by way of corners and steering suggestions is up a contact.
The Altima’s dynamics have improved, however nonetheless path the Accord and Mazda6.
Sadly, experience high quality on the 19-inch Hankook Kinergy GT 235/40 tires is harsher over the medium-to-big bumps generally discovered on Michigan roads. There’s nonetheless sufficient give within the suspension to melt the blow from small impacts, although. Decrease-trim Altimas experience on smaller wheels with much less aggressive tires, which little question assist experience high quality, too.
How I might spec it
Constructing my splendid Altima is kind of tough. As a Midwest resident, the newly accessible all-wheel drive system is engaging, nevertheless it’s solely accessible with the bottom 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Since I for positive need the VC-Turbo engine, I will go for a SR mannequin that begins at $30,045, together with $895 for vacation spot. A Deep Blue Pearl paint job is a no-cost possibility and $310 ground mats convey the worth of my automotive to $30,355.
My SR is not going to be fairly as nicely geared up as my $36,370 Platinum VC-Turbo tester, nevertheless it nonetheless has the actually vital options resembling blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The game-tuned suspension will doubtless hamper experience high quality a bit, however I am keen to surrender some consolation for snappier dealing with reflexes.
My Altima will probably be geared up with the VC-Turbo engine.
A extra attention-grabbing Altima
No doubt, you will need to try the brand new Altima (video) in case you’re looking for a midsize sedan. Extra interesting appears in and out, significantly better know-how choices and efficiency enhancements are all robust promoting factors. To not point out optionally available all-wheel drive and a strong and environment friendly variable compression turbo engine.
A $24,645 base value places the Altima proper within the coronary heart of this extraordinarily aggressive class. Now, nonetheless, the Altima actually deserves your consideration.