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Nissan Altima

Overall Score
Nissan Altima 2019 sedan
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  • Predicted Reliability
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Nissan has completely redesigned the Altima, adding a number of advancements and erasing its generic image. For the first time, the Altima is offered with all-wheel drive. The base 2.5-liter engine sees power climb to 188 horses. The V6 has been supplanted by a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 248 hp. Both engines are coupled to a continuously variable transmission. The interior is dominated by a standard 8-inch touch screen, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. Owners can remote lock/unlock the car and start/stop the engine from their wrist with Android Wear and Apple Watch. The 2019 Altima comes equipped with standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Other driver assist features, including ProPilot Assist, are optional.
All Ratings & Reliability
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 N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $13,775 - $18,575 $10,860 - $15,510
2015 $12,725 - $16,600 $9,775 - $13,425
2014 $10,550 - $14,350 $7,740 - $11,290
2013 $9,050 - $11,825 $6,310 - $8,910
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 $7,050 - $10,175 $4,405 - $7,305
2011 $6,175 - $8,725 $3,585 - $5,935
2010 $5,550 - $7,800 $2,950 - $5,050
2009 $4,950 - $6,950 $2,375 - $4,250
2008 $4,650 - $6,250 $2,125 - $3,575
2007 $4,100 - $5,450 $1,675 - $2,825
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 $4,025 - $4,950 $1,625 - $2,375
2005 $3,650 - $4,475 $1,320 - $1,970
2004 $3,350 - $3,900 $1,065 - $1,515
2003 $3,050 - $3,675 $865 - $1,365
2002 $2,900 - $3,525 $895 - $1,400
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.
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2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A