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Nissan Altima

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Discontinued in

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.

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Altima - 6 Generations

2019 Altima

Redesigned in 2019
2019 Altima Generation, 2019 Nissan Altima model shown Showing the 2019 Nissan 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-autonomous driving system. Two new engines are offered for 2019. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 188 horsepower, and the old V-6 engine has gone away, replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It goes on sale in fall 2018.

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Read About the 2019 Model 2019 Altima Articles

2013–2018 Altima

Redesigned in 2013
Showing the 2018 Nissan 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 automatic transmission. Electrohydraulic steering and unconventionally designed seats garnered mixed reviews. Nissan attempted to perk things up with a 2016 refresh that saw a major reworking of the exterior. 

  • MSRP Range $23,260–$33,630
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 92 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-32
  • Body Styles:

    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
  • MSRP Range $22,500–$32,990
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 186 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-32
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2017
  • Five-seat mid-size sedan
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission standard
  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Current List Price $10,050–$20,978
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 146 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-32
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2016
  • Styling update
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four- or six-cylinder
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Seating for five
  • Available collision avoidance with autonomous braking
  • Current List Price $10,090–$18,974
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 247 reviews
  • Combined MPG 27-32
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2015
  • Five-seat midsize sedan
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • 4-inch color screen in gauge cluster
  • Easy Fill Tire Alert standard
  • Text-messaging assistant, Pandora integration available
  • Current List Price $7,517–$16,873
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 183 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-32
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2014
  • Coupe discontinued
  • Four- and six-cylinder engines
  • 4-inch color screen in gauge cluster
  • Easy Fill Tire Alert honks horn when correct tire pressure is reached
  • Available text-messaging assistant, Pandora integration
  • Current List Price $6,529–$15,637
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 293 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-32
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan

Notable Features in 2013
  • Redesigned for 2013
  • Four- and six-cylinder engines
  • 4-inch color screen in gauge cluster
  • Easy Fill Tire Alert honks horn when correct tire pressure is reached
  • Available text-messaging assistant, Pandora integration

2007–2012 Altima

Redesigned in 2007
Showing the 2012 Nissan 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 feature availability. Horsepower from the 3.5-liter V-6 increased to 270, and the 2.5-liter engine returned better fuel economy. New continuously variable automatic or six-speed manual transmissions were offered. The Altima sedan offered Nissan’s first hybrid drivetrain, and in 2008 a coupe joined the lineup, both for limited runs.

  • Current List Price $4,630–$13,850
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 142 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-27
  • 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
  • Current List Price $4,617–$12,649
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 69 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-27
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan

Notable Features in 2011
  • Coupe, sedan or hybrid
  • Manual or CVT
  • Standard keyless start
  • Optional 270-hp V-6
  • Optional navigation system
  • Current List Price $4,172–$11,712
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 104 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-27
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan

Notable Features in 2010
  • Coupe, sedan or hybrid
  • Manual or CVT
  • Standard keyless start
  • Optional 270-hp V-6
  • Optional navigation system
  • Current List Price $3,362–$10,510
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 93 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-27
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan

Notable Features in 2009
  • Coupe, sedan or hybrid
  • Manual or CVT automatic
  • Standard keyless start
  • Optional 270-hp V-6
  • Optional navigation system and rearview camera
  • Current List Price $3,001–$9,917
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 137 reviews
  • Combined MPG 22-27
  • Body Styles:

    Coupe, Sedan

Notable Features in 2008
  • New coupe body style
  • Manual or automatic (CVT)
  • Standard keyless start
  • Optional 270-hp V-6
  • Optional navigation system and rearview camera
  • Optional stability system
  • Current List Price $2,277–$9,241
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 91 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-30
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2007
  • Manual or automatic (CVT)
  • Standard keyless start
  • Optional 270-hp V-6
  • Optional navigation system and rearview camera
  • Optional stability system

2002–2006 Altima

Redesigned in 2002
Showing the 2006 Nissan 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 a 260-hp V-6 engine. For 2002, the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder was upped to 175 hp. 

  • Current List Price $1,646–$8,062
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 86 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2006
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Expansive window greenhouse
  • Sporty demeanor
  • Current List Price $1,045–$7,701
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.2) 94 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2005
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Expansive window greenhouse
  • Sporty demeanor
  • Current List Price $1,076–$6,984
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 26 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Notable Features in 2004
  • Long, 110.2-inch wheelbase
  • Long-window &amp
  • #8220
  • greenhouse&amp
  • #8221
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Sporty demeanor
  • Current List Price $440–$7,168
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.0) 56 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $820–$7,520
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.6) 55 reviews
  • Combined MPG 23-26
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 2002 Model 2002 Altima Articles

1998–2001 Altima

Redesigned in 1998
Showing the 2001 Nissan 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 mundane. The revised 2.4-liter engine made the same 150 hp, bumped up to 155 in a 2000-model-year refresh.

  • Current List Price $835–$6,115
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 23 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $763–$4,659
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 20 reviews
  • Combined MPG 24-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $507–$4,607
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.3) 16 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1999 Model 1999 Altima Articles
  • Current List Price $529–$3,801
  • Consumer Rating
    (3.9) 12 reviews
  • Combined MPG 26-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1998 Model 1998 Altima Articles

1993–1997 Altima

Redesigned in 1993
Showing the 1997 Nissan 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 trim GLE was closely priced. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing 150 hp was the only engine, teamed with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, depending on trim level.

  • Current List Price $632–$4,528
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 7 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1997 Model 1997 Altima Articles
  • Current List Price $20–$3,888
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 6 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

  • Current List Price $1,038–$3,346
  • Consumer Rating
    (5.0) 8 reviews
  • Combined MPG 25-27
  • Body Styles:

    Sedan

Read About the 1993 Model 1993 Altima Articles

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