2019 Nissan Altima Review & Compare | San Bernardino, CA

2019 Nissan Altima Review & Compare at Larry H. Miller Nissan San Bernardino in San Bernardino, CA

The Nissan Altima got an impressive new makeover for 2019

The midsize sedan segment has never been small--in fact, it's one of the most competitive markets out there among top sellers. Models like the Ford Fusion, the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, the Dodge Charger, and the Subaru Legacy are constantly jostling for a top spot in the rankings.

The Nissan Altima has always been a worthy competitor in the segment, but it's had a hard time really standing out in such a busy class. With major changes coming through for the 2019 model-year, though, it's a whole new ballgame for this affordable and stylish sedan.

The new trim lineup offers eight distinctive model options for the 2019 model year, including the S, SR, SR VC-Turbo, SV, SL, Platinum, Platinum VC-Turbo, and Edition ONE VC-Turbo. The Edition ONE car is exclusive for the first year of the new generation and should likely be going away by next year's model release.

New for 2019

Since this is a full model redesign and the start of a new generation, just about everything for the 2019 Nissan Altima is new, from color options to seat styling to interior features. While plenty will feel familiar for this popular and economical midsize sedan, there's a lot to look forward to with the changes and updates.

And quite a few of those changes are more than skin deep: Nissan says that up to 95% of the parts for the Altima's standard 2.5-liter engine are new, and that they've re-tuned it to deliver more horsepower and more torque than last year's model. The old V6 engine is gone (a trend that we're noticing across the industry) replaced by a new turbo four.

2019 color options for the Nissan Altima include Scarlet Ember TintCoat, Deep Blue Pearl, Pearl White, Sunset Drift ChromaFlair, Storm Blue Metallic, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, and Glacier White.

How good are the engines?

Time to get the skinny on these new engines--or, like-new engines. The 2019 Nissan Altima comes standard, for most models, with a practical and easy-to-handle 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The new model offers 188 horsepower (9 HP more than last year) and 180 pound-feet of torque (3 LB-FT more than last year) and pairs to the brand's Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). When outfitted with this powertrain, the Altima can see up to 39 mpg on the highway and up to 28 mpg in the city.

The big news, though, is the addition of Nissan's Intuitive All-Wheel Drive System for the first time ever in the Altima. That puts the Altima in a new bracket.

Want more? Of course, you do. Shop the new Altima by VC-Turbo models for spirited performance and a cooler engine noise. VC-Turbo models come standard with an all-new (for the Altima) turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 248 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque--that's slightly less horsepower than last year's V6 engine, but more torque. And way better fuel economy, for people keeping track of those things.

Is it sporty?

The Altima is about as sporty as you can get for a non-luxury midsize sedan that's not a muscle car--especially if you choose a model like the Altima SR. This trim includes a sport-tuned suspension, and you even get the option of manual shift mode through included paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

If you're really looking for something super sporty, it may be worth considering the Nissan Maxima. For a few thousand dollars more, you get 300 horsepower and a V6 engine.

What's the interior like?

The 2019 Nissan Altima comes pretty well-equipped for the starting price, especially when compared to other cars in the same class. You get an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat standard (no levers here) along with two standard USB ports and two standard USB-C ports. You can charge every device that you own when on those long road trips, now. An updated NissanConnect infotainment system is also included, with a standard 8.0" touchscreen display and compatibility for Apple CarPlay.

If you need to carry a lot of stuff, the Nissan Altima has you covered on that, too--this handsome sedan gives up 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space to give you plenty of room for groceries, gear, luggage, and whatever you can pack in there.

Options available on the rest of the lineup include ambient interior lighting and memory settings for the driver's seat, a power sliding glass moonroof, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation with traffic alerts, and a premium 9-speaker Bose Premium Audio System with surround sound.

The wrap-up on this midsize car

There are still a huge number of options to choose from in the midsize sedan class, but the 2019 Nissan Altima has found a way--multiple ways, really--to stand out and make itself a genuinely tempting option in a tough segment.

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