The Altima is currently one of Nissan’s top-selling models. The fifth-generation of this excellent sedan has been around since 2012. With the recent makeover, the Altima adopted Nissan’s “Energetic Flow” design language that makes it more aerodynamic than before. Thanks to its improved interior and cutting-edge equipment, it offers excellent value for money. The company will keep enhancing the 2018 Nissan Altima by adding new standard features and introducing mechanical tweaks. When it comes to this crowded segment, the 2018 Altima will be among top picks.
2018 Nissan Altima Redesign
Design-wise, the redesigned 2018 Nissan Altima will bear a strong resemblance to the 2018 Maxima and Murano models. Expect its front end to feature the brand’s recognizable V-shaped grille design and unique headlight housing. The rear end gets a prominent bumper as well as horizontal taillights that extend into the trunk door. Upper trims will get such features as chrome exhaust pipes that give the car a more athletic vibe. Although the Altima may appear a bit too conservative compared to some of its rivals, it boasts a handsome look.
The 2018 Nissan Altima offers ample legroom for five adults but the headroom isn’t too generous. All models get Nissan’s zero-gravity front seats inspired by NASA. Except for the base model, all Altimas will feature a C-shaped center console with a useful color display. What will make this sedan highly competitive is the list of standard features offered in the base model. Those include an automatic transmission, keyless entry, push-button ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, etc.
According to some speculations, the 2018 Nissan Altima could get slightly enhanced versions of the inline-4 and V6 engines. Thus far, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder has produced 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful 3.5-liter V6 has been cranking out 270 hp and 251 lb-ft of twist. Both powertrains use the same continuously variable automatic transmission. Expect also the upcoming Altima to deliver slightly improved fuel economy figures.
Pricing and Competition
As for the pricing, the 2018 Nissan Altima won’t differ substantially from the ongoing model. Expect the entry-level model to start just above $23,000, which is in line with most of the competition. The list of Altima’s rivals includes the likes of Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.