The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry jockey for the top spot as sedan sales leader each month, with the Nissan Altima perennially coming up short. The redesigned-for-2019 model’s attractive pricing and new features are likely to turn shoppers’ heads. When the 2019 Altima goes on sale, it’ll start at $24,645, slightly above the outgoing model’s $24,155 base price (all prices include destination).
The new Altima is the sixth generation of the mid-size sedan and packs a lot of changes for 2019, including an updated multimedia system, new turbocharged engine and available all-wheel drive — something the Accord and Camry don’t offer.
Under the hood, the V-6 is gone for 2019, replaced by a new optional 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The standard engine is 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 are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.
Trim levels include S, SR, SV, SL and Platinum. The base price is for the entry S model, which comes well-equipped with standards like forward automatic emergency braking, a driver drowsiness monitor, the rear-door alert system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display. All-wheel drive is an additional $1,350 option across the lineup, but it’s only available with the base engine. The optional engine is only available on the SR and Platinum trims; it’s $4,050 extra on the SR and $3,000 extra on the Platinum.
SR models start at $25,995, adding upgrades like sport seats, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
SV models start at $28,825 and add goodies like a moonroof, LED foglights, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. SV and higher trims come with many more safety features under Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 umbrella: It adds pedestrian detection to the forward automatic braking system, as well as rear automatic braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and the ProPilot Assist adaptive cruise control and lane-centering system. These are unavailable on the S and SR trims.
The range continues to climb with the SL starting at $30,735 and the top Platinum trim at $32,675. Additional features include a premium sound system, navigation, leather seats, driver memory seat and around-view camera.
The new Altima’s pricing puts it squarely in between its rivals. It undercuts the Camry — but just barely. The 2019 Toyota Camry starts at $24,765 and features some safety standards only available on higher-trim Altimas, namely the Safety Sense P system, which includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, high-speed adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.
The 2018 Honda Accord (model-year 2019 prices aren’t yet available) starts a bit lower at $24,465 and its base model comes with more standard safety goodies, too, like adaptive cruise control, lane-centering steering and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The 2019 Nissan Altima goes on sale Wednesday.
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