Nissan recently flew me out to the sunny and the distressingly perfect city of Santa Barbara, California, to drive the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima sedan. This car is a big deal for Nissan. It’s the first car from the brand that’s available with the cool, new VC-Turbo variable compression engine, and it’s also the first sedan from the automaker in the U.S. that can be fitted with all-wheel drive. It’s a response to the recently revamped Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, and I think Nissan did a really nice job keeping its midsize sedan competitive with this big update.
I know what you’re thinking: "So what if the Altima is all-new with a new platform, new styling and a new engine? What do the front turn signal lenses look like?" I’m so glad you asked. I’ll have a video and an article out soon telling you everything you need to know about the new Altima, but right now, I really want to talk about these turn signals. They look like this.
Look at these weird little horns that are sticking out of the front of the car! The Altima has a lovely new face that’s a nice, modern progression from the previous Altima’s mug, and I think it’s a good design — but when you take a closer look, it’s thrown off by these strange turn signals.
Why do they look like that? I’m guessing these turn signal lenses are shaped this way to make the signals more visible from the side of the car. If you’re a pedestrian at a crosswalk looking at this Altima from the side, the signals might be hard to see if they were flush with the front fascia rather than protruding out of the car like they are.
I can’t help but wonder why Nissan designed these turn signals this way. There are a lot of ways to make turn signals more visible from the side, like by actually adding turn signals to the side of the car or on the mirrors or something. I guess this was a way to only have one set of front turn signals and make them visible from a wide array of angles.
You’re going to start seeing these new Nissan Altimas all over the place, especially in snowy climates where AWD is popular. When they start showing up on the streets, keep an eye out for this weird quirk and see if you find them as funny looking as I do.
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