The mid-size sedan class is full of comfortable, safe and affordable cars, but the Nissan Altima has occupied a spot at the bottom of the list. The 2019 model year is a big one for the family sedan, with a complete redesign for the sixth-generation model that includes new front styling, a revised cabin layout and some major powertrain news.
Outside, the biggest change is to the Altima’s face. It wears a larger, more aggressive version of the brand’s V-Motion grille. Inside, Nissan lowered the dashboard, which makes the front feel more airy and spacious. The standard 8-inch touchscreen also has been raised for better visibility.
All-wheel-drive availability is big news this year, and there’s also a new engine. Under the hood, the V-6 is gone for 2019, replaced by a 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; base versions will use a 188-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Although it has the same displacement as last year’s engine, Nissan says it features 80 percent new parts and a small bump in power. Both engines come mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Does the 2019 Altima finally have what it takes to compete against the top two sellers in the class, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry? Watch the video for more.
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