2019 Nissan Altima Buyer’s Guide

The Altima was just redesigned for 2019, and it’s significantly different than its predecessor. First introduced in 1992, the midsize sedan slots in-between the larger Maxima and the Sentra in Nissan’s car lineup. It’s built at Nissan’s assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The outgoing Altima is Nissan’s third best-selling vehicle.

2019 Nissan Altima

The brand new Altima offers snazzier looks and some very interesting powertrain options. All-wheel drive is now available, as is a technologically impressive VC-Turbo engine with variable compression for enhanced power and economy. We’ll get to all of the new details and features below.

With this buyer’s guide, Autoblog aims to help you make an educated decision about whether or not to buy the 2019 Nissan Altima. We’ll touch on safety and reliability ratings, engine specs, horsepower, fuel economy ratings and pricing, and we’ll conclude with a summary of Autoblog’s most recent Altima test-drive.

How much interior and cargo room does the Nissan Altima have?

Nissan says the 2019 Altima provides as much as 39.2 inches of front and 38 of rear headroom, and 43.8 inches of front and 35.2 of rear legroom. Total cargo volume is 15.4 cubic feet.

Those head- and leg-room numbers are generally right in line with the non-hybrid 2018 Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, two key competitors in its segment, though the Accord offers more cargo volume at 16.7 cubic feet.

What are the Nissan Altima’s engine specs and horsepower?

While the 2018 Altima could be had with either a 3.5-liter V6 or a 2.5-liter inline-four, the new 2019 Altima drops the V6 for a technological marvel: the VC-Turbo. It’s a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four that can vary its compression ratio mechanically from 8:1 all the way to 14:1. It produces 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque – less horsepower but more torque than the old V6, which made 270 and 251 respectively.

Nissan claims the 2.5-liter engine is 80 percent new or redesigned from the previous model. It makes 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, up a bit from the old engine’s 179 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.

The sole transmission option is Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable automatic.

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