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The Nissan Altima rides smoothly while offering frugal fuel economy. Nissan's midsize family sedan was last redesigned as a 2013 model. Though handsomely sculpted for its fifth generation, the sedan looks more conventional today than it did five seasons ago.
Safety technology for the 2018 Nissan Altima includes automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning. The Altima 3.5 SL gains adaptive cruise control and upgraded NissanConnect with navigation, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A new Midnight Edition package for the Altima 2.5 SR features blacked-out body accents and 18-inch wheels. Navigation and heated front seats are included.
Five versions of the 2018 Altima are available: 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, and 3.5 SL. The 2.5 prefix indicates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 179 horsepower. Only the 3.5 SL holds a V6: a 3.5-liter engine that generates 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Every Altima comes with Nissan's continuously variable transmission (CVT) and has front-wheel drive.
During its history, the Altima grew from a compact car to a sporty midsize family sedan. At the same time, its performance potential shrunk somewhat. Nowadays, the Altima is a plush-riding, sensibly roomy four-door with a pair of powertrains that don't stand apart from the midsize pack.
Handling talents don't stand out from the competition, ride being emphasized. Yet, the Altima ranks among the top-selling family sedans on today's market. Of course, crossover models, including Nissan's own Rogue, sell even better.
Interior space is a strong point in the five-passenger Altima, which promises comfortable seating and appropriate cabin trim. Today's Altima is quieter than some of its predecessors, too. Except for the four-cylinder SR sedan, which boasts some sportier styling touches, appearance differences between trim levels are slight.
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- Child Safety Door Locks
- Driver Airbag
- Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat
- Fog Lights
- Front Power Lumbar Support
- Front Side Airbag
- Passenger Airbag
- Power Windows
- Run Flat Tires
- Side Head Curtain Airbag
- Telescopic Steering Column