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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Nissan Altima ranked #7 in Midsize Cars. Currently the Nissan Altima has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.9
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2019 Nissan Altima Review

The fully redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima sits in the middle of our midsize car rankings. Though it features a number of improvements for this model year, its held back in our rankings by its low-grade cabin. 

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • Comfortable, roomy cabin
  • Long list of standard technology features
  • Some low-grade cabin materials
  • Not as agile as some competitors

Is the Nissan Altima a Good Car?

Yes, the 2019 Altima is a good midsize car. With two strong engine options, a composed ride, and good fuel efficiency, the Altima is an excellent choice for your daily commute, and its spacious cabin makes it easy to haul a full load of passengers. Nissan also offers all-wheel drive and ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology, which are rarities in this class. However, some rivals feature better interior materials and are more fun to drive.

Should I Buy the Nissan Altima?

The Altima's comfortable ride and abundance of standard technology features make it a good value and one of the best options in the class. That said, there are other midsize cars worth considering, like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Both competitors deliver more gratifying driving dynamics and higher-quality cabins.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Altima?

The Altima's next generation launches with the completely redesigned 2019 model. For 2019, Nissan gives the Altima's base engine a power boost (188 horsepower versus 179 horsepower for the 2018 model) and replaces the previous generation's available V6 engine with an energetic, more fuel-efficient turbo-four. The redesigned Altima also boasts a larger standard touch screen (8 inches versus 5) and newly standard features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and three extra USB ports. The new Altima is more expensive than used models, but the redesign's improvements make it worth the extra money.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to read our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Altima. If you decide that a used Altima is for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 14 Nissan Altima reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, safety features, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Does the Nissan Altima Cost?

Starting at $23,750, the 2019 Nissan Altima's base price is average for the class. The Altima has five additional trim levels: SR (MSRP: $25,100), SV ($27,930), SL ($29,840), Platinum ($31,780), and Edition One ($35,750). In models with the standard 2.5-liter engine, all-wheel drive is available for $1,350.

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Nissan Altima Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Altima or Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry is a more well-rounded vehicle than the Altima. While both models deliver a comfortable and composed ride, the Camry's sharper steering and more responsive handling make it more engaging to drive. The Camry's interior uses more refined materials and comes standard with features – like adaptive cruise control and a head-up display – that are not standard in the Altima. Both cars come standard with Apple CarPlay, but the Altima is also fitted with standard Android Auto and optional all-wheel drive and ProPilot Assist driver assistance technology, which are unavailable in the Camry. Though the Altima features a tad more cabin and trunk room, the Camry is the overall winner.

Which Is Better: Nissan Altima or Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is a slightly better vehicle than the Altima, though it has a similar starting price. The Honda has even higher fuel economy estimates, more engaging handling, and a slightly larger passenger and cargo area than the Nissan. The Accord also comes standard with more safety features, including traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control, and high-quality materials adorn its cabin.

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Altima Interior

How Many People Does the Altima Seat?

There's seating for five people in the Nissan Altima. Inspired by how the body reacts to the weightlessness of space, the Zero Gravity front seats are praised as some of the most comfortable and supportive seats in the class. Both rows of seats are also spacious enough for adults. Cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat are standard, and leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and a driver's seat with memory settings are available.

Altima and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats. 

Altima Interior Quality

For 2019, the Altima has a more modern-looking dashboard that features a brand-new infotainment interface. Reviewers praise its new design but say its materials quality, while comfortable, could use some refinement: The base trim's cloth upholstery doesn’t feel as well-made as some of its rivals'. Leather upholstery is available.

Altima Cargo Space

The Altima has 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is average for the class. The trunk opening is wide, but the hinges may impede upon cargo room.

Altima Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard infotainment system is a major improvement over the previous generation’s system. The Altima’s updated system includes an 8-inch touch screen (up from 5 inches in the previous generation), along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which were previously optional. The interface is user friendly, with redundant knobs for audio and temperature controls. Other standard features include a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, four USB ports, and voice recognition. Available features include navigation and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Altima Performance

Altima Engine: Good Everyday Power

The 2019 Nissan Altima comes with a 188-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers solid acceleration. Shoppers interested in more power can opt for the 248-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Although Nissan dropped the previously available V6 engine for a more fuel-efficient alternative, reviewers claim that the new engine is plenty powerful. It's both fuel-efficient and sprightly. This Nissan features a continuously variable automatic transmission that feels like a smooth-shifting conventional automatic transmission.

Altima Gas Mileage: Fuel-Sipper

According to the EPA, the base 2019 Altima returns 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which are great estimates for the class. Models with the turbocharged engine get 25/34 mpg city/highway. Models with the base engine and all-wheel drive get 25 or 26 mpg in the city and 35 or 36 mpg on the highway, depending on the trim.

Altima Ride and Handling: Smooth Cruising

For 2019, Nissan sharpened the Altima's handling by tuning its suspension and chassis systems. This is a slight improvement over the previous generation, which wasn't as responsive. The Altima delivers a stable ride and composed handling but still favors comfort over agility. If you’re trying to squeeze the most athleticism out of the Altima, consider the available SR model. It includes features such as paddle shifters and a sport-tuned suspension for a more engaging ride.

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Altima Reliability

Is the Nissan Altima Reliable?

The 2019 Nissan Altima has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. 

Nissan Altima Warranty

The Nissan Altima comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Altima Safety

Altima Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Altima the highest score of Good in six crash tests. The Altima earned a rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention features and the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. The IIHS named the Altima a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick, the agency's second-highest accolade.

Altima Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and a rearview camera. Available features include a 360-degree camera, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition. The new-for-2019 ProPilot Assist is also available. The system is perfect for drivers who constantly find themselves in stop-and-go traffic. It helps you maintain a set speed and distance behind other cars and assists you in steering and braking your vehicle.

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Which Nissan Altima Model Is Right for Me?

The Altima has six trims to choose from: S, SR, SV, SL, Platinum, and Edition One. The base S trim has a good number of features that should please most shoppers. Unlike the previous generation, the base model comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and features a larger 8-inch touch screen. Geared more toward performance-minded shoppers, the SR trim comes with a sport-tuned suspension and paddle shifters. It's also the first trim to offer the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Midlevel sedan shoppers will like the SV trim. It doesn't break the bank, and it comes with additional comfort and safety features like heated front seats and lane departure warning. To get leather upholstery, you'll have to step up to at least the SL trim. All-wheel drive ($1,350) is available in models with the base 2.5-liter engine.

Nissan Altima S

The base S trim ($23,750) comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, satellite radio, four USB ports, six speakers, Bluetooth, voice recognition, cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, push-button start, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning.

Nissan Altima SR

Starting at $25,100, the SR trim has paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. This trim offers the turbo 2.0-liter engine for $4,050. A Premium package is also available. It features a moonroof, heated outside mirrors, LED turn signal indicators, and heated front seats.

Nissan Altima SV

The SV trim starts at $27,930 and comes with heated front seats, LED turn signal indicators, dual-zone automatic climate control, ProPilot Assist, high-beam assist, fog lights, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning.

Nissan Altima SL

The SL trim adds leather upholstery, a nine-speaker stereo system, navigation, and traffic sign recognition. It starts at $29,840.

Nissan Altima Platinum and Edition One

The new-for-2019 Platinum and Edition One trims start at $31,780 and $35,750, respectively. The Platinum trim comes with a 360-degree camera and driver’s seat memory settings. The turbo-four engine is available in the Platinum for $3,000. Aside from some minor stylistic changes, the main difference between the Platinum trim and the range-topping Edition One is that the latter comes standard with the turbo engine.

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The Final Call

Nissan's improvements for the 2019 Altima help it to a top-half finish in our midsize car rankings. The redesigned Altima comes with more standard and available features than in prior years, and its more-powerful base engine and improved handling make it a better performer. This new generation has just as much passenger and cargo space as the previous generation, but it adds a larger infotainment screen and available all-wheel drive. The only major complaints are that there are some second-rate surfaces in the cabin, and it’s not as athletic as some competitors.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "… this new [Altima] is sleeker, sportier and generally better to drive than the one it replaces. It’s also perhaps the best-driving Altima in the car’s history. Nissan has clearly spent the money to engineer a better sedan." -- Autoweek
  • "With its healthier offering of tech, and the benefit of available all-wheel drive, the Altima goes from simply competitive to being one of the more well-rounded offerings in the midsize sedan class." -- CNET
  • "At the base and midlevel trims, it's a close race, but the Altima's standard 8-inch touchscreen and phone integration give it an edge over some rivals. With fully loaded models, the Altima presents clearer advantages, ProPilot Assist among them, for several hundreds less than its rivals. If the 2019 Nissan Altima represents the future of sedans, we'll be seeing the humble four-doors-and-a-trunk for a while longer." -- Edmunds


Expert Advice

Last Updated: May 31, 2019

Declining Sales: Sales of the Nissan Altima place behind the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the midsize car class. There’s a lot of ground to make up, as 7.9% fewer Altima models have been sold so far this year compared to the same period in 2018. However, the Altima was reintroduced with a full redesign for the 2019 model year to compete with other redesigned class leaders, so demand may begin to heat up in the near future.

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