Although small crossovers have become more popular in the market today, but mid-sized sedans are still one of the best options for family transportation. This segment is important for car manufacturers, since there are some popular models have been refreshed or redesigned for 2018. Unfortunately, the 2018 Nissan Altima is not one of them.
Nissan Altima has been favored for years, but this generation continues for years without change. The latest models of its rivals further highlight the Altima’s shortcomings in performance, interior quality and technology.
Credit for Nissan, because the 2018 Altima gets some useful refinements. A forward collision notification system with automatic emergency braking is standard on all trims, and upgraded infotainment displays now have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions. However, this segment full of strong competitors even a viable option like the 2018 Nissan Altima has a hard time to stand out himself.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Nissan Altima is a five passengers midsize sedan. It’s available in five trim levels: S, SR, SV and SL. These are 2.5 prefixes: 2.5 for the four-cylinder and 3.5 for the V6. The 3.5 is available only in SL trims.
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Standard features for the base S include 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a 5-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system with a USB port.
The sporty SR trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, foglights, daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver seat, paddle shifters with seven simulated shift points and upgraded upholstery.
The 2018 Nissan Altima SV trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, remote engine start, LED daytime running lights, foglights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio.
The 2.5 SL adds LED headlights, power-folding mirrors, a heated steering wheel, air vents for the rear seats, heated front seats, a power front passenger seat, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The 2018 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL gets 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control, paddle shifters, a navigation system, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and NissanConnect services with emergency telematics.
All four-cylinder trims can be ordered with a single package that adds features from upper levels. The Convenience package for the S only adds a power driver seat and remote engine start, while the SR Special Edition package includes synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, the 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
All the 2018 Nissan Altima is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Power sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with simulated gears to feel more like a regular automatic transmission.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, an average time for the class. EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 31 mpg combined (27 city/38 highway). The SR drops to 30 mpg combined (26 city/37 highway).
Only available for the SL trim is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generated 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. It’s enough to drive the Altima to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. Fuel economy is estimated at 26 mpg combined (22 mpg city/32 mpg highway). These numbers as well as those for the 2.5, are very impressive for a midsize sedan.
The 2018 Nissan Altima interior design and materials quality is average, but unfortunately the infotainment system falls when compared to class leaders. The standard 5-inch screen is too small and hard to read at a glance. The 7 inch upgrade is easier to read but not as good as competitor’s system. The low position of the screen also makes it somewhat hard to see.
One of the main strengths in the cabin is the front seat design that makes them the best in class for long distance comfort. The rear seats provide sufficient headroom and leg room for the average adult and equipped with elevated seat cushions for better front visibility. Despite an increase in sound insulation, road noise and engines can still be annoying.
The 2018 Nissan Altima luggage space is average for classes with 15.4 cubic feet, but gets additional value for wide and low opening. There are also many useful storage places for your personal items inside the cabin.
Release Dates and Prices
The 2018 Nissan Altima is scheduled to be released by early 2018. Official pricing for the S trim starts at $23,140. At the top of the range, the Altima 3.5 SL priced at $33,510. See complete list price below.