Nissan Altima

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