The 2018 Nissan Altima has been priced and its features announced. You won’t notice any changes on the outside of this Nissan sedan because that already looks amazing. It’s what is inside that counts this time round.
The 2018 Nissan Altima is a great looking car. A sporty looking sedan with all the practicality you could need, at a sensible price. Nissan have hit the nail on the head perfectly with the styling. It is youthful but not brash, sporty but not pretentious and practical without being boring.
This year the 2018 Nissan Altima gets Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking as standard on all trims. The top trim SL also gets standard adaptive cruise control and Nissan Connect with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nissan’s new Zero Gravity seats are now available too.
Nissan has also trimmed down the trim options, doing away with the base model 2.5 and 3.5 SR. There are still the two engines, but now only S, SL and 2.5 SR models. The 2.5-litre four cylinder engine produces 179 hp while the 3.5-litre V6 produces 270 hp. Both use the Nissan Xtronic CVT transmission.
Pricing is similar to last year with only an inflationary rise across most models except the SR, which gets a price drop.
The Altima looks the part and drives well. It still manages to look distinct from larger sibling the Maxima yet looks similar enough to be identifiable as the same family. The interior is the kind of quality you expect from Nissan with everything being put together very well and benefitting from great material quality throughout. The addition of Nissan Connect in the centre stack adds more value and smartphone integration which is a very valuable addition for most users.
Both engines are smooth and rev freely. The CVT transmission is as slick as ever and a breeze to live with once you’re used to it.
What we don’t know is how long the 2018 Nissan Altima will be around for. We have already seen spy shots of the 2019 Altima and it looks completely different. Rumour has it that this new Altima will be on sale next summer, so this model potentially has less than a year to run before being replaced.