2018 Nissan Altima SR

Pros: Simple, user-friendly control layout; comfortable, absorbent ride with composed, predictable handling; decent back-seat space; good fuel economy with 4-cylinder engine

Cons: Rather noisy when accelerating, especially with 4-cylinder engine

CG Says: The 2018 Nissan Altima gains standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Altima is a front-wheel drive, midsize sedan. The topline 3.5 SL is powered by a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. All other Altimas have a 179-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. Both engines are paired with a CVT automatic transmission. Safety features include blind-spot alert and cross-traffic alert. The Altima does exactly what most shoppers expect from a midsize sedan. It has a nicely appointed cabin, rides well, and, at least in 4-cylinder form, delivers excellent fuel economy. It’s noisier than the class norm, and the rear seating area is a bit short on headroom, but these negatives are fairly minor. Despite these shortcomings, Altima remains a solid choice that offers good value for your money.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 2.5 S: $24,025
2.5 SR: $25,085
SR Special Edition: $25,995
2.5 SV: $26,76
2.5 SL: $29,880
3.5 SL: $34,395

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder (2.5 S, 2.5 SR, SR Special Edition, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL)
Horsepower
182
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37-38

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6 (3.5 SL)
Horsepower
270
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

2016 Nissan Altima
2018 Nissan Altima SL
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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