We hear a lot about how sedans are supposed to be a dying breed as the exodus from cars to SUVs continues. However, Nissan is betting a lot on its midsize Altima, which is fully redesigned for 2019 with a new look inside and out, updated technology, and some very interesting mechanical options, making it a strong competitor and a great value in one of the most competitive automotive segments.
Here are five reasons to buy the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima.
Sharp New Look
The styling of the previous Altima was starting to look a little dated by the time it got to the 2018 model, but the all-new 2019 Altima gets a sharp new look that really makes it stand out. It’s ushering in an update to the Nissan corporate design language and we like its sharp lines, "floating" C-pillar (which reminds us of the bigger, more premium Maxima), and dramatic chrome V-motion grille. Midsize family sedans tend to have a reputation for looking boring, but that’s a charge that this Nissan won’t be accused of.
Innovative VC-Turbo Engine
The new Altima is available with a clever industry-exclusive VC-Turbo engine. It’s a turbocharged variable compression engine, which actually changes the compression ratio of the engine as it drives based on the driver’s inputs. Long story short, the variable compression engineering makes the Altima more efficient at cruising speed and more responsive when your driving style demands stronger performance. The result is an engine that provides an excellent blend of good performance and good fuel economy. This is the second car to use this engine after the Infiniti QX50 luxury crossover. See the 2019 Nissan Altima models for sale near you
Available All-Wheel Drive
All-wheel drive is a very popular option for crossovers, but it’s surprisingly uncommon in midsize sedans. The Altima is now one of the few cars in its segment that offers AWD and it’s the first AWD Nissan sedan in the U.S. The Altima’s only direct competitors to offer AWD are the Subaru Legacy (on which is comes standard), the Buick Regal and the Ford Fusion, which is soon to be discontinued. The thing about the Fusion and the Regal is that AWD is only available in the more expensive trims, but Nissan offers AWD on every trim of the Altima, including the affordable base S model. However, AWD can’t be optioned with the available VC-Turbo engine, which isn’t the end of the world since the Altima’s base engine delivers adequate performance and great fuel economy.
Loaded with Standard Tech
The standard tech that comes in every 2019 Altima is very impressive meaning you don’t need to shop in the higher trims to get tech like an 8-in infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB-C ports, remote start, and automatic emergency braking. The standard infotainment system is big and user-friendly and we love that it’s standard on every model. If you crave even more tech, the Altima is also available with Bose premium audio, navigation, traffic sign recognition, and Nissan ProPilot Assist technology, which uses adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist to give you a semi-autonomous driving experience that’s great to have in stop-and-go traffic.
At the end of the day, the Altima is a family sedan and it does that job very well with a roomy interior and comfortable seats. The back seat is among the more spacious in this class and it can comfortably carry two adults in the back seat making it more than roomy enough for kids. There are also two USB ports in the back to ensure everyone’s devices stay charged. We also like the modern interior design of the Altima, which looks like it belongs in a more expensive sedan.
The new Altima is so good that it gives shoppers a reason to pause before springing for a crossover and reconsider a sedan. The Altima has some very tough competition with the likes of the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, but there’s so much setting the new Altima apart like available AWD and the industry-exclusive VC-Turbo engine that it’s a must-test-drive for anyone interested in a midsize sedan. Find a 2019 Nissan Altima for sale
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