2018 Nissan Altima

 
2018 Nissan Altima
 
2018 Nissan Altima
 

2018 Nissan Altima

MSRP 
$24,145
Invoice 
$22,784
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 38 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 179 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 3 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Nissan Altima

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning w/Aeb Forward Collision
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and External Memory Control
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System -inc: Radio Data System (RDS), aux-in, 6 speakers and streaming audio via Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 16" x 7.0" Steel w/Full Covers
    • Tires: P215/60TR16 AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Interior Features
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and Audio Media Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Valet Function
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manual driver's seat and 4-way manual passenger seat
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.5L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder
    • Transmission: Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable)
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 4.83 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 110 Amp Alternator
    • 4226# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 18 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.7
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.5
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 15.4
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 550
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 110
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.5 L/152
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 179 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 177 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 109.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 191.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.4
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 101.9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.4
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.4
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 52.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 31
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 38
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Nissan Altima
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/60TR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/60TR16
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.63 - 0.38
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.83
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.6
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3212
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Brilliant Silver Glacier White Scarlet Ember Storm Blue
  • Brilliant Silver
  • Glacier White
  • Scarlet Ember
  • Storm Blue

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Introduction

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.

Nissan’s Altima ranks near the top in family-sedan safety, thanks to newly standard safety technology and excellent crash-test scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates the 2018 Altima at five stars overall, as well as for frontal and side-impact crashes. Rollover resistance is calculated at four stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded Altima a Top Safety Pick designation, with Good crash-test scores (including the small-overlap crash) and Superior frontal crash prevention.

Every Altima now has forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, along with a rearview camera. Blind-spot monitoring is optional. Adaptive cruise control is standard on SL sedans, but otherwise unavailable.

Lineup

Altima 2.5 S ($23,260) has a four-cylinder engine, CVT, power windows and locks, power mirrors; steering-wheel audio controls, rearview camera, 5.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth with audio streaming, keyless entry, and 16-inch wheels. Altima 2.5 SV ($25,910) gets alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat, blind-spot monitoring, and remote start. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $885 destination charge.)

Altima 2.5 SL ($29,110) adds leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, Bose speakers, adaptive cruise control, navigation, and 18-inch wheels.

Altima 2.5 SR ($24,320) comes with sport suspension tuning, a power driver seat, extra styling details, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Altima 3.5 SL ($33,630) substitutes a 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Walkaround

Inevitably, a design that was initially seen as daring begins to fade into the background. When the newly redesigned Altima first appeared as a 2013 model, it struck quite a handsome figure. Today, Nissan’s midsize entrant almost starts to look bland.

While still attractive, the 2018 Altima simply blends more readily into its category, rather than clawing for visual attention. Front fenders remain shapely, flanking a relatively wide V-shaped grille, above a low bumper. Comparisons with the recently redesigned Maxima, which shares running gear, place Nissan’s midsize model at a disadvantage.

At least, the sportier-looking SR edition incorporates a bit of flash, in the form of distinctive wheels and smoked headlight covers.

Interior

With its subdued trim and traditional layout, the Altima’s cabin looks as if it wouldn’t be out of place in a mid-1990s model. Designers exercised restraint, keeping the interior conventional while competitors turned adventurous.

Not that the Altima cabin is the most spartan of the lot, though little evidence of the Nissan brand stands out. Dashboard panels are well-shaped and nicely textured, symmetric in appearance, with soft metallic trim framing major control groups.

Display screens are on the small side, and the dashboard tends to intrude on knee space. Base models look inexpensive, though fit/finish is satisfying.

Four adults can ride in comfort, but a fifth might feel constricted on a longer journey. Thick seat cushions are more comfortable than in a Ford Fusion. In the back seat, tall passengers might note that the roofline cuts slightly into headroom. Space beneath the front seats isn’t quite sufficient for rear riders’ feet, though knee room is average on the cozy back bench.

Trunk space is on par for the class, at 15.4 cubic feet, but hinges are exposed.

Driving Impressions

Nothing about the Altima aims toward enthusiast. This sedan is strictly mainstream.

Nissan’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) has long been recognized as one of the better examples. Abundantly reworked not long ago, it improved dramatically, now operating with admirable smoothness, almost like a regular 6-speed automatic.

A series of pre-programmed ratios in the gearless belt/pulley transmission extracts ample vitality from the four-cylinder engine. Droning at midrange engine speeds, typical of earlier CVTs, is substantially reduced.

Though wholly sufficient, the four-cylinder engine ranks no higher than adequate in acceleration, but strikingly high in fuel economy. Most 2018 Altimas with the 2.5-liter engine are EPA-rated at 27/38 mpg City/Highway, or 31 mpg Combined. With its bigger tires, the SR sedan is rated 1 mpg less in each category.

Nissan is among the dwindling group of automakers to continue offering a V6 alternative rather than a turbo four. For performance, at a higher cost, the 3.5-liter V6 is clearly the way to go, though it’s a bit gruff at lower engine speeds and loud when approaching the tachometer’s redline. The V6 Altima is EPA-rated at 22/32 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined.

Handling isn’t quite as briskly confident as in previous Altimas – predictable, but lagging in steering responses. Relaxed-rate springs and Sachs shock absorbers contribute to a plush ride. SR editions get stiffer anti-sway bars and distinct shock tuning, for greater firmness without a punishing ride.

Brakes provide good pedal feel, but noise and vibration control could be better.

Summary

Despite a few issues and a design that no longer clamors for attention, the well-equipped Altima is still a respectable, value-laden four-door. Four-cylinder gas mileage and impressive safety add to its appeal. Even though it’s not truly sporty, the SR sedan, fitted with few options, is a tempting choice.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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