The 2019 Nissan Altima makeover gives it a bit more curb appeal, but underneath it all is a sedan that’s not quite as compelling as some other top rivals. The new Altima receives a midcycle styling refresh, along with new advanced safety features and a sporty SR trim level. The SR infuses a little fun by adding stiffer suspension tuning, paddle shifters, and unique wheels. Forward emergency braking with adaptive cruise control creates a robust active safety bundle. Curvy, dramatic styling mimics bigger brother Maxima and gives the Altima an upscale vibe. Overall, the Altima is a capable sedan with a decent options list and a roomy, comfortable cabin.
2019 Nissan Altima Exterior and Interior Design
Revised styling for 2019 more closely aligns the front and rear fascias with the design language we’ve seen on the new Maxima sedan and the Murano crossover. Good looking V-shaped grille design and sleek headlight housing to the front of the Altima, while the rear is endeared with a more expressive bumper and taillight housings that extend horizontally into the trunk door. SR variants of the Altima are distinguished with a subtle integrated spoiler. All models feature a pair of chrome exhaust housings for an athletic vibe. Other novelties include 17 and 18 inch alloy wheels sporting a machined finish and a new Deep Blue Pearl exterior. Overall, we’ll call the Altima’s shape handsome and still on the conservative end of the sedan spectrum.
The cabin has also been refreshed in the spirit of the high fashion Maxima and Murano with a dashboard that looks less conservative than in did from 2014 to 2017. Nissan added plenty of new features, including a redesigned center stack, new cup holders in the center console, and a refined steering wheel. The Zero Gravity seats, which remain standard, have been updated and received softer materials. The sedan continues to offer either a five or seven inch display for the NissanConnect SM with Mobile Apps and available NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps.
2019 Nissan Altima Release Date and Price
The 2019 Altima is expected to debut early next year and will be in showrooms in late 2018, as a 2019 model, and represents the sixth iteration of the Altima nameplate. The current model starts at $23,385. Rivals for the Altima include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Liberty and Toyota Camry.
2019 Nissan Altima Powertrain and Performance
We haven’t heard much about the powertrains. Posibility the Altima offers a choice of two engines. The base 2.5 liter four cylinder makes 182 horsepower, and mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), is tuned for maximum efficiency. Altima with the 2.5 liter engine is as frugal as some hybrids. Top spec 2019 Altima have a quick footed 3.5 liter V6 that generates 270 hp and 258 pound feet of torque. Six cylinder cars also use the CVT, but they get standard paddle shifters with a manual mode that mimics the gear ratios of a conventional automatic transmission. Its EPA city rating continues at 27 mpg and 22/32/26 mpg, but highway mileage gets a single mpg bump to 39. This strategy affords one of the least diversified cast of engines in the midsize market for 2019 Nissan Altima.