2018 Nissan Altima

Original MSRP Range
$23,260 - $33,630
Available Style(s)
22 - 27 MPG City / 32 - 38 MPG Hwy
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2018 Nissan Altima

What We Like

Handsome styling; comfortable front seats; easy-to-use and affordable navigation radio; standard advanced collision-avoidance technology

What We Don't

No all-wheel drive or manual transmission offered; no hybrid model; rear-seat headroom on the snug side; noise levels inside the cabin higher than most competitors


Expert Rating

4.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.2/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Nissan Altima?

For 2018, the Altima gains automatic emergency braking and intelligence forward-collision warning. The top-line SL trim gains adaptive intelligent cruise control and an upgraded NissanConnect system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Altima lineup is simplified this year with the deletion of the 2.5 and 3.5 SR.See the 2018 Nissan Altima models for sale near you

Which Altima is the Best?

For its combination of features, styling, safety equipment and price, we'd pick the 2.5 SV trim and then add the $1,280 SV Technology package.

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How Much Does a 2018 Nissan Altima Cost?

The 2018 Nissan Altima comes in four trims with two engine choices. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder cars come in S, SV, SR and SL versions, while the V6-powered 3.5-liter comes in the SL trim.

The 2.5 S ($24,025) features a 6-way power driver's seat, cruise control, Nissan's Intelligent Key system, auto-off headlights with wiper activation, and a 6-speaker audio upgrade with a 5-in display, a USB port and speed-sensitive volume. Also standard is NissanConnect with mobile apps, a fill-tire pressure alert system, automatic emergency braking, intelligent forward-collision warning, Siri Eyes Free and a rearview monitor.

The 2.5 SR ($25,085) adds a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, seven simulated gears in manumatic mode, paddle shifters, cloth-covered sport seats, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar control and unique interior sport accents.

The 2.5 SV ($26,670) brings 17-in alloy wheels, an 8-way power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar, fog lights, remote start with climate control, SiriusXM radio, a hands-free text-message assistant, NissanConnect apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote starting, rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitoring system.

The 2.5 SL ($29,880) includes a heated steering wheel, 9-speaker Bose audio, a 4-way power passenger seat, integrated mirror turn signals, leather seating, rear heating and cooling vents, LED taillights, heated front seats, heated folding side mirrors and an auto up/down front passenger window.

The 3.5 SL ($36,395) includes all the 2.5 SL features, plus the V6 engine, 18-in alloy wheels, a 7-in VGA color monitor, navigation, Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, adaptive intelligent cruise control, a power moonroof and front and rear sonar parking sensors.

There are four options packages, all applied to the 2.5 models. The S offers the Convenience package, with a 6-way power driver's seat and remote start. The SR Special Edition package brings NissanConnect with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, faux-leather seating, remote start, heated front seats and a unique wheel finish.

The SV Technology package adds a power moonroof, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-in color touchscreen, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, heated cloth front seats, heated outside mirrors, a heated steering wheel, integrated turn-signal side mirrors, Homelink and a compass.

Lastly, the SL Tech package adds the moonroof, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive intelligent cruise control and LED headlights.

Altima Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Altima 2.5 S Sedan$23,260 / $21,6834 Cylinder17927 / 38Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Altima 2.5 SL Sedan$29,110 / $27,1244 Cylinder17927 / 38Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Altima 2.5 SR Sedan$24,320 / $22,6694 Cylinder17926 / 37Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Altima 2.5 SV Sedan$25,910 / $24,1484 Cylinder17927 / 38Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Altima 3.5 SL Sedan$33,630 / $31,3286 Cylinder27022 / 32Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Nissan Altima Safety

Is the 2018 Nissan Altima a Safe Car?

In crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Altima an overall rating of five (its highest score), with five stars in the front- and side-impact tests and four stars in the roof-strength test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Altima a Top Safety Pick, giving it top marks in all tests, including crash avoidance and mitigation.

Nissan offers lots of accident-avoidance technology on the Altima, including lane-departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system and moving-object warning. Every trim comes standard with a series of collision-warning and -avoidance systems. The Easy-Fill Tire Alert system simplifies pumping up the tires by chirping the Altima's horn when you've put in enough air.

To supplement the usual new stability-control technologies, the Altima features Active Understeer Control. This automatically brakes the inside front wheel when the car is going too quickly into a turn, reducing the understeer effect common in front-wheel-drive cars. (Understeer is when a car doesn't turn as much as the driver intends because the front tires are sliding.)

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Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Blind-Spot Monitor
  • Technology Pkg
  • Power Trunk Release


2018 Nissan Altima vs the competition

2018 Chevrolet Malibu -- The Malibu is a smaller, tauter, 4-cylinder-only car.

2018 Ford Fusion -- The Fusion combines winning style with a huge variety of power sources, including a standard 4-cylinder, a turbo, a hybrid electric and a plug-in hybrid. It also offers the option of all-wheel drive.

2018 Honda Accord -- The old standby is all-new this year and remains a solid, efficient and responsive sedan. Bold styling and two new turbocharged engines make the Accord one of the best family 4-doors on the market.

2018 Hyundai Sonata -- The exciting-looking Sonata isn't that exciting to drive, but it is a great car, delivering the combination of price, efficiency and quality, plus an outstanding warranty.

Used Nissan Maxima -- A 2014-2016 Nissan Maxima delivers better performance, more features and superior interior appointments, and it can comfortably seat four adults.

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