Nissan Promises Head-Turning Altima for 2019

img 1821246147 1520525372593 jpg 2019 Nissan Altima | Manufacturer image

Mid-size sedans are getting more stylish — heck, even the formerly plain Jane Toyota Camry turns heads from some angles thanks to its recent makeover — and it looks like the Nissan Altima is ready for its closeup. Nissan just released a teaser sketch of the 2019 Altima, and it’s a lot more expressive than the current version (whose styling puts whole dealerships worth of people to sleep).

Related: Redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima to Make New York Debut

The new Altima wears a much more dramatic face, anchored by a large, plunging, U-shaped grille, as well as more-sculpted curves, reminiscent of the sportier Maxima sedan. Although some of the sketch’s features are unlikely to carryover to the production model — like those absurdly large wheels — the overall look is much more attention-grabbing than the current version and should help the sedan stand out in a crowded class.

The Altima is overdue for a remodel. Although it is the automaker’s second most popular vehicle (behind the Rogue), sales slid 17 percent in 2017. It isn’t popular among our editors, either. The current-generation model placed last, second to last and last again in three successive sedan Challenges involving (respectively) the 2013, 2015 and 2016 models.

The new, sixth-generation Altima will be unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show March 28.  Stay tuned for full coverage of the new Altima and the auto show.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Photo of Jennifer Geiger
News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

Latest expert reviews