Review: 2018 Nissan Altima

Review: 2018 Nissan Altima

Charlottesville drivers who want a fully equipped mid-size sedan have a great option in the 2018 Nissan Altima. The lineup has been streamlined for the new model year, leaving you with only the best models from which to choose.

Below, we'll run through everything you need to know about this spacious, well-rounded sedan. For more information, visit us for a test drive and we'll help you pick a model that's perfect for you.

Entertainment and Convenience

The 2018 Altima lineup includes five trims: 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, and 3.5 SL. The base model is equipped standard with a 5-inch color entertainment display, Siri Eyes Free, hands-free text assistant, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, 6-speaker audio system, speed-sensitive volume control, Radio Data System, auxiliary and USB input, and Bluetooth wireless tech and streaming audio. Upper trims include a Bose Premium Audio System, nine speakers, voice recognition for audio and navigation, HomeLink universal transceiver, and Sirius XM Radio.

For your comfort and convenience, the Altima is also available with Remote Engine Start and Stop System with Intelligent Climate Control, Intelligent Cruise Control, heated steering wheel, and mood lighting. Base models come with manually adjustable seating, while upper trims feature 4- to 8-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar support. Premium seating options include heated front seats and leather-appointed seating throughout.

Performance and Fuel Economy

All 2.5 trims are equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.5 SL is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that churns out 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Both options have a continuously variable automatic transmission. Even with all that power, the Nissan Altima gives you a smooth ride and a quiet cabin, even on the highway.

Fuel economy on 2.5 models is an EPA-estimated 27 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, and the 3.5 model gets about 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

Safety and Technology

All models of the 2018 Altima come with the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System, Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display and Easy-Fill Tire Alert. This last feature lets you know when your tire has reached optimal pressure buy flashing the lights and honking the horn. Additionally, you have the option for a Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking.

This generation of the Nissan Altima was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Pricing

Starting at $24,970 MSRP