2019 Nissan Altima

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of the 2019 Nissan Altima. Base trim shown.

2019 Nissan Altima First Drive

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Brian Wong

It was always going to be an uphill battle for the redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima. No car gets evaluated in a vacuum, but the Altima has an especially rough go of it, as it competes against two of the most prominent nameplates in automotive history: the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.

Related: How the 2019 Nissan Altima Measures Up to Camry, Accord

Nissan proudly informed me that this Altima is the sixth generation of the car, which has been sold in the U.S. for 25 model years now and features total sales of 5.7 million. I did some quick Google work after that and found that the Accord is celebrating its 42nd year in the U.S. and is the best-selling passenger car in America over that time according to Honda, with 12.5 million units sold. The Camry? It came some 35 years ago and sold its 11 millionth unit all the way back in 2013.

The previous generation of the Altima was behind the other two models in most categories even before both received highly successful overhauls for the 2018 model year. Now the bar is even higher. I headed to Nissan's national media introduction in Santa Barbara, Calif., to drive the 2019 Altima and find out if the new car provides a suitable ... Altim-ernative (couldn't help myself). (In accordance with our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its transportation to, and lodging at, such manufacturer-hosted events.)

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2019 Altima Video

The 2019 model year is a big one for the Nissan Altima family sedan. How does it measure up against the class-leading Honda Accord and Toyota Camry?

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2019 Nissan Altima currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Nissan Altima has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Altima received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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