Review: 2018 Nissan Altima

Review: 2018 Nissan Altima

With a newly streamlined, amplified lineup, theĀ 2018 Nissan Altima is well on its way to becoming a best-selling mid-size sedan in Virginia.

Staunton area residents should visit us for a test drive, but don't forget to read our full review of the new Altima for all the details:

Comfort and Convenience

For 2018, Nissan eliminated two trims to bring you a simplified lineup of only the best models. Trims include 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, and 3.5 SL. Additionally, upper trims come available with an updated NissanConnect SM infotainment system with Navigation and Services, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Altima 2.5 S comes standard with an Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Siri Eyes Free, RearView Monitor, hands-free text assistant, Bluetooth wireless technology, in-cabin microfilter, steering wheel-mounted controls, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The 2018 Altima is available with Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, NissanConnect Services, HomeLink universal transceiver, dual-zone automatic climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key, auto-dimming interior mirrors, and mood lighting. You also have the option for a Bose Premium Audio System, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, and Sirius XM Radio.

Available comfort features include heated front seats and steering wheel, leather-appointed seating, premium interior trim, and a power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support. The Altima is also available with a power sliding sunroof.

Safety and Tech

Also new to the 2018 lineup is a suite of advanced driver assistance technology designed to prevent collisions. Standard features include Automatic Emergency Braking and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and optional features include a Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Each model is also equipped with the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front airbags and occupant classification sensors, as well as Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display and Easy-Fill alert.

While the 2018 Altima has not yet been evaluated by safety organizations, the 2017 model received top scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ - its highest award.

Performance

The 2018 Altima comes with two engine options. The base is a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, while you can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

According to EPA estimates, the inline-4 engine gets up to 27 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, while the V6 gets up to 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

Pricing

Starting at $24,970 MSRP