Nissan Altima

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Firmly ensconced in third place in the mid-size sedan class, every now and then the Nissan Altima jumps up to first in monthly sales. For a time, the Altima was Nissan’s best-selling vehicle, before being ousted by the Rogue SUV during the growing crossover craze. Debuting in 1993 as one of the smaller offerings in the mid-size sedan class, the Altima’s success came as it gradually grew and updated its styling during the next decade. It distinguished itself from appliance-like mid-size sedans with its sporty air — if more in appearance than in driving dynamics. A few performance-oriented versions have been offered over the years, with suspension modifications and increased power. Known primarily as a sedan with conventional gasoline powertrains, hybrid and coupe variants have been briefly available. All Altimas sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S.

Altima – 6 Generations

  • 2019–22
  • 2013–18
  • 2007–12
  • 2002–06
  • 1998–2001
  • 1993–97
  • 2019–22
  • 2013–18
  • 2007–12
  • 2002–06
  • 1998–2001
  • 1993–97
Latest generation

2019–22 Altima


Nissan debuted the new-for-2019 Altima at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. While recognizably a Nissan, this Altima is slightly longer, lower and wider, with a more daring look. Notable new features include available all-wheel drive and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-a

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  • MSRP range$24,900–$34,600
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 29–32
  • Body style Sedan

Previous generation

2013–18 Altima


Sized similarly to its predecessor, the fifth-generation Altima featured a more aerodynamic and rigid body. Improved mileage was the highpoint of its revised drivetrains, but some reviewers called out low power and high noise levels with the four-cylinder and continuously variable au

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  • MSRP range$23,260–$33,630
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 26–31
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2018:
  • Automatic emergency braking now standard
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay connectivity available

2007–12 Altima


Nissan moved the previous-generation Altima’s popular exterior styling to a new platform. Length and wheelbase shrank slightly, but the Altima didn’t lose much interior or trunk space. The redesigned interior got high marks for its soft-touch materials and increased featu

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  • MSRP range$20,550–$31,200
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 21–27
  • Body styles Coupe, sedan
Notable features in 2012:
  • Sedan or coupe
  • Standard four-cylinder
  • available 270-hp V-6
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Available iPod connectivity
  • Available navigation system

2002–06 Altima


With distinctive new styling, the Altima grew larger than the class-leading Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, with increased interior space. Its new suspension was tuned for improved ride quality at the expense of sporty handling. A performance-leaning SE-R model was added in 2005 with

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  • MSRP range$17,750–$29,650
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan
Notable features in 2006:
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Expansive window greenhouse
  • Sporty demeanor

1998–2001 Altima


For 1998, the Altima offered a trim level lineup similar to the previous generation, but with lower prices. The platform was stretched slightly longer and wider, and it was made more rigid. While its predecessor ushered in new aerodynamic styling, this redesigned Altima was more mund

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  • MSRP range$15,140–$20,390
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

1993–97 Altima


With its model-year-1993 debut, the Altima replaced the Nissan Stanza. While Nissan called the new sedan a mid-size, its proportions debatably made it a compact. Build quality was an improvement over the Stanza, but the Altima was not on par with mid-size leaders, to which the top tr

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  • MSRP range$15,649–$20,999
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style Sedan

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