2018 Nissan Altima Assessment, Scores, Specs, Costs, and Pictures
The 2018 Nissan Altima will go down as one of many best-selling household sedans of its time.*
There’s an asterisk, in fact. Crossovers are the brand new household automobiles, and the Altima doesn’t have a lot in the way in which of floor clearance or all-wheel drive. It sells nicely, however it’s means behind Nissan’s personal Rogue in uncooked quantity.
It’s nonetheless a good, value-packed four-door with nice security and gas economic system to its credit score. Perversely, it’s additionally a automobile that’s extra rewarding the much less you spend on it. That’s 2017 in a nutshell—don’t get too concerned—and it’s the unhappy destiny of so many $25,000 sedans on this period of warped sensibilities.
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We’ll spare you extra philosophy and boil it all the way down to a 7.three out of 10. (Learn extra about how we price automobiles.)
The 2018 Altima is available in S, SR, SV, and SL trims. All however the SR have a typical look, with a handsomely sculpted physique that’s grown acquainted in its 5 years on the street. It’s standard by in the present day’s sheet-metal requirements and its inside may need come from a mid-1990s Volkswagen, so conventional it’s in its format and subdued trim. Parked subsequent to the placing new Chevy Malibu and Honda Accord, the Altima appears just like the automobile of some rental fleet supervisor’s dream—if rental fleet managers had been allowed to dream with out the standard contractual waiver or add-on price.
Relentlessly tuned for that imaginary place we name the mainstream, the Four-cylinder Nissan Altima has 179 horsepower, a luxurious trip, and a CVT that’s been so closely reworked and programmed it’s nearly unrecognizable from a 6-speed automated. These are robust phrases for a tool so reviled by means of historical past, however it’s true, and it’s one motive the Four-cylinder Altima nonetheless deserves a glance. That, and 38 mpg freeway will get you someplace, inexpensively.
The 270-hp V-6 guarantees good occasions, however the Altima’s steering is difficult to roust from its nap. Altima SR fashions have barely stiffer tuning, however on the entire, we’d reasonably have the luscious Maxima and its nifty mix of trip and dealing with.
The five-seat Altima has superb inside room and a great stage of trim and seat consolation. It’s quieter than in previous years, too. There’s nothing particularly decadent about its inside trim, however it’s much less spartan than a Fusion and admittedly much less adventurous than the Accord and Camry and Impala.
The Altima continues to do nicely in crash exams, and this 12 months Nissan makes forward-collision warnings with automated emergency braking normal throughout the road. That leaves little impulse to spend so much on the Altima: for $25,000, that security expertise is joined by Bluetooth audio streaming, a rearview digicam, and your selection of paint coloration. Pay extra for blind-spot displays, leather-based, and a bigger touchscreen? We’d go that far, however the dear Altima SL with Nissan’s navigation and adaptive cruise management? As Drew Carey may chide us on community TV, “that’s an excessive amount of!”