Nissan Altima

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2020
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2020 Nissan Altima Ratings & Reliability
The Altima is a rather unremarkable midsized sedan. That said, it's a competitive car that gets the job done. It delivers on room, fuel economy, and user-friendliness. But the driving experience is bland, falling short on handling agility, and the seemingly pliant ride isn't adept at absorbing all types of bumps. The standard 2.5-liter engine provides decent acceleration, and the car gets a commendable 31 mpg overall. All-wheel drive is available. There's also a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine. The car is relatively quiet. The cabin is roomy, if a bit too low for easy access. Controls are very easy to use, and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are compatible. To its credit, standard safety systems include automatic emergency braking.
2019
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2019 Nissan Altima Ratings & Reliability
The Altima is a rather unremarkable midsized sedan. That said, it's a competitive car that gets the job done. It delivers on room, fuel economy, and user-friendliness. But the driving experience is bland, falling short on handling agility, and the seemingly pliant ride isn't adept at absorbing all types of bumps. The standard 2.5-liter engine provides decent acceleration, and the car gets a commendable 31 mpg overall. With that engine, buyers can opt for all-wheel drive but not with the uplevel, more powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine. The car is relatively quiet. The cabin is roomy, if a bit too low for easy access. Controls are very easy to use, and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are compatible. To its credit, standard safety systems include automatic emergency braking.
2013-2018
2013 Redesign Year
Nissan Altima 2018
This version of the Altima was considerably less lustrous than its forebears. In a segment brimming with better cars, the 2013 Altima is a lackluster choice, ranking below virtually all of its competitors with a humdrum driving experience. If you do buy one, we suggest going with the 2.5SV to get a power driver's seat and blind spot monitoring. Advanced safety equipment, including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, is only available on the 2.5SL and 3.5SL trims; in both cases as part of a Technology package. Said succinctly, we'd skip this version of the Altima. There are many better choices within the crowded midsized sedan field.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $16,400 - $19,250 $13,340 - $17,040
2017 $14,250 - $17,775 $11,340 - $14,840
2016 $12,525 - $16,200 $9,675 - $13,075
2015 $10,450 - $13,675 $7,660 - $10,660
2014 $8,725 - $11,525 $5,995 - $8,595
2013 $7,350 - $9,300 $4,705 - $6,505
2007-2012
2007 Redesign Year
Nissan Altima 2012
The well-rounded 2007 redesign was even better, with an improved ride, especially with the powerful -- yet economical -- four-cylinder engine. The sportier 3.5 SE handles more sharply, but rides stiffly. Interior fit and finish are improved over the previous model, but the rear seat is less roomy. All Altimas have pushbutton keyless start. The 2010 freshening brought the previously optional stability control as a standard feature. Antilock brakes and brake assist are also standard equipment for this generation. A hybrid version was offered as well, but was dropped after 2011; its powertrain returned 32 mpg.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $5,975 - $8,775 $3,370 - $5,970
2011 $5,400 - $7,800 $2,800 - $5,050
2010 $4,825 - $7,000 $2,270 - $4,270
2009 $4,400 - $6,500 $1,925 - $3,825
2008 $4,100 - $5,750 $1,675 - $3,125
2007 $3,400 - $5,000 $1,225 - $2,425
2002-2006
2002 Redesign Year
Nissan Altima 2006
The third-generation Altima was much roomier than its predecessors. It was also quick, fairly comfortable, and generally competitive. Among its attributes are generous accommodations, a punchy and refined powertrain, nimble and secure handling, as well as a pleasant ride and a quiet cabin. Rear-seat passengers get large-car legroom and can easily stretch, or cross their legs. Though the roomy interior is stylish, fit and finish could be better, as some of the interior plastics look and feel cheap. Be apprised, IIHS side-crash-test results were poor without the optional curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes were optional as well. For this reason, you'll want to look for a car equipped with the ABS/airbag Package.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $3,400 - $4,475 $1,225 - $1,975
2005 $2,900 - $3,975 $920 - $1,570
2004 $2,725 - $3,400 $765 - $1,215
2003 $2,525 - $3,175 $615 - $1,115
2002 $2,450 - $2,875 $535 - $875
1998-2001
Nissan Altima 2001
The Altima aimed to compete with the four-cylinder Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but never stacked up to them. Handling was less than nimble and the ride was busy. The noisy engine delivered strong acceleration. The front seats were too low and rear seating was fairly cramped. The rear seatback didn't fold down. The Altima was redesigned for 1998, evolving the same basic formula. It was slightly freshened for 2000. It remained a not very rewarding family sedan.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2001 $2,450 - $2,750 $510 - $755
2000 $2,450 - $2,475 $510 - $555