2019 Nissan Altima

MSRP $24,000 - $35,750

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8.2

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2019 Nissan Altima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Altima was already a pretty popular sedan, but Nissan decided to switch it all up with the 2019 iteration. Completely redesigned, the new Altima is just one handsome family cruiser that will certainly attract a lot of attention. The interior has been improved and the luxury will be appreciated by many. Also introducing new features, the Altima is ready to compete at the highest level in its segment.

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Pros

Stylish exterior design

Roomy interior space

A long list of modern technologies

Balanced and mature handling

Cons

The turbo engine is not available with AWD

Sportier models do not have the comfort-oriented ride

Intrusive driver assistance features

What's New?

The Altima enters a new generation for 2019 so completely redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

121 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

192.9 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

56.7 in.

curb weight

3212 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

10000 lbs.

payload capacity

1116 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.1

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/39 mpg

highway range

571.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

2.5 S$24,000 onwards

2.5 SR$25,350 onwards

2.5 SV$28,180 onwards

VC-T SR$29,400 onwards

2.5 SL$30,090 onwards

2.5 Platinum$32,030 onwards

VC-T Platinum$35,030 onwards

VC-T Edition ONE$35,750 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Nissan Altima in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.2

Competition

7.3

Final Verdict

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The best part about the Japanese sedan is that it's affordable with a starting price of $24,925. It goes up against the likes of Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, and Hyundai Sonata. Nissan Altima’s MSRP is Slightly higher than its rivals. But it gets a bigger 2.5L engine which gives it a strong performance to rival its competitors.


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.2/10
Safety

7.3/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2019 Nissan Altima Features

The Nissan Altima is offered in six different trims – S, SR, SV, SL, Platinum, and Edition ONE. The S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum are all offered with a 2.5L inline-4 as standard; their AWD variants are also available. The SR and Platinum also offer an optional 2.0L VC turbocharged inline-4, available with FWD only. The Edition ONE only comes with this turbo engine. As a result, the prices vary quite a lot. However, each trim comes with its own set of features, and they are very decent.

Trim

S

SR

SV

SL

Platinum

Edition ONE

MSRP (2.5FWD)

$24,925

$26,275

$29,105

$31,015

$32,995

N/A

MSRP (2.5AWD)

$26,275

$27,625

$30,455

$32,365

$34,305

N/A

MSRP (2.0FWD)

-

$30,325

-

-

$35,955

$36,675

Key Features

16” steel wheels

Adds/upgrades to the features of S

Adds/upgrades to the features of SR

Adds/upgrades to the features of SV

Adds/upgrades to the features of SL

Illuminated kick plates

 

Intelligent Forward Collision Warning w/ AEB

19” alloy wheels

17” alloy wheels

Leather-appointed seat trims

19” alloy wheels

Unique 19” alloy wheels

 

Rear-view monitor

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Dual-zone climate control

SiriusXM Traffic

Seat memory for driver’s seat

Edition One floor mats

 

8-way power driver's seat and 4-way manual passenger’s seat

Sport seat trim w/ unique color stitching

Heated 8-way driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support

4-way heated power passenger seat

Interior accent lighting

Rear spoiler

 

8” NissanConnect infotainment system

Blind Spot Warning

Intelligent Lane Intervention

9-speaker Bose premium sound system

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

External ground lighting

 

Siri Eyes Free/Google Assistant

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert 

Heated front seats and steering wheel

Nissan door to door connected navigation w/ 3D building graphics

Around View Monitor

 
 

Manual air conditioning

Leather gear shifter material

Intelligent Auto Headlights LED DRLs

NissanServices powered by SiriusXM

   

That’s a pretty long list. What’s commendable is that Nissan offers some very good features even in their base trim. The infotainment system is loaded in the base trim, while in the higher trims, it’s a full-fledged system. Creature comforts are also decent, with the higher trims enjoying a whole list of all the features you could ask for. You can pack the SR with the SR Premium Package, which will upgrade you to heated front seats, moonroof, heated ORVMs, and LED turn signals.

Which Trim should you buy?

As the list is pretty long, it’s easy to get lost, but we would recommend going for the SR trim. It not only introduces sportiness with the introduction of sport-tuned suspension and sport seat trims, but it also adds some leather to the cabin. Stick with the base engine and choose AWD, you will be saving money as well as get better handling. If you really want to chase performance, the turbo engine might also be a viable option. The SR also features a pretty convincing infotainment system, with driver assistance features. The Premium Package can also be considered and we would recommend adding it if your finances allow you to.

2019 Nissan Altima Engine and Performance

8.0/10

As standard, the 2019 Nissan Altima is equipped with a 2.5L inline-4 that is capable of producing 182 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available as the base engine on all the trims except the Edition ONE. It comes paired with a CVT and can be had either as FWD or AWD. The SR and Platinum (as options) and the Edition ONE also can be equipped with Nissan’s new innovative engine with variable compression-ratio technology. This 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder pumps out 236 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s also mated to the CVT but power is only routed to the front wheels.

Nissan made a weird choice by not offering AWD on the turbo engine, but the engine is still very impressive. Torque on the low rev range is impressive and the CVT also offers smooth gear shifts, though it's not the quickest transmission in the world. The throttle response is also crisp. However, the base engine is not very frugal and can get quite noisy at high RPMs. The base engine covers the 0-60 MPH mark in around 7.4 seconds and reaches the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds. Meanwhile, the turbo lag-less engine does it a lot quicker, at 5.9 seconds, and races past the quarter-mile in 14.6 seconds. Top speed is capped at around 140 miles per hour.

Models

2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Ford Fusion

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$24,925

$23,835

$23,195

$23,580

Engine

2.5L Inline-4 

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4 

2.4L Inline-4

Drivetrain 

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic 

Power

182 hp @ 6000 RPM

173 hp @ 6000 RPM

185 hp @ 6000 RPM

185 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

178 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM

174 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

178 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.9 sec

8.0 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter-Mile

15.7 sec

16.7 sec

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

Top Speed

140 MPH

133 MPH

137 MPH

130 MPH

The Altima is the quickest on the list, and the others are left behind when compared. The Fusion has the lowest power output, while the torque figures remain nearly similar in all of the sedans. All the competitors come with FWD but only the Nissan comes to AWD coupled with a CVT gearbox.

How does the 2019 Nissan Altima handle?

The Altima has decent handling characteristics. It might not be the most fun to drive, but it still will please you in daily drivability. The steering is precise and direct. You can also feel what the wheels in front are doing quite well. The SR comes with larger wheels and a sport-tuned suspension, which allows it to swerve around corners with confidence.

Body roll is not too high and the higher trims offer pretty excellent cornering capabilities. However, the SR trim sacrifices its ride quality for sportiness. With larger wheels, the ride comfort is compromised a tad bit. Otherwise, the Altima is a very comfortable family cruiser, easily able to soak up imperfections on the road. 

2019 Nissan Altima Braking Performance

The Altima comes equipped with all-wheel disc brakes with ABS. The front rotors are 11.7” in size and the rear rotors are 11.5” in size. It also features Automatic Emergency Braking as a safety measure. The pedal is quite linear and offers very good feedback. It has a good bite and will inspire confidence in drivers. Being responsive too, it comes to a dead stop from 70 MPH in around 170 ft, and from 60 MPH in 119 ft, which are two very impressive figures.

Model

2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Ford Fusion

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Hyundai Sonata

Brake Rotors Front (in)

11.7

11.8

12

12

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11.5

11.9

11.2

11.2

Curb Weight

3212

3410

3230

3247

60-0 MPH (ft)

119

122

N/A

120

The sizes of the brakes are pretty comparable, but the Fusion is the heaviest. This means it takes the most distance to come to a halt, although just 2 feet more than the Sonata. Overall, all the sedans have pretty good stopping power. Nissan Altima with its lowest curb weight and good big rotors gives an impressive braking performance, stopping in at just 119ft from 60MPH. 

2019 Nissan Altima Fuel Economy

8.4/10

The Altima has pretty convincing fuel economy results. Its frugal base engine returns an EPA estimate of 28 for the city, 39 for highway, and 32 MPG for combined driving. The turbo engine is slightly less efficient, as you might have already guessed. It gets EPA estimates of 25/34/29 MPG for city/highway/combined driving respectively. 

The fuel tank capacity is 16.2-gallons, which allows for an excellent total range of 437/599/502 miles on a full tank for city/highway/combined driving. The turbo engine will return 405/550/469 miles on the same fuel tank for the city/highway/combined.

Models

2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Ford Fusion

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Hyundai Sonata

MPG (City)

28

21

24

26

MPG (Highway)

39

31

33

35

MPG (Combined)

32

25

27

29

Fuel Capacity(Gallons)

16.2

16.5

18.5

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles)

437/599/502

346/511/412

444/610/499

481/647/536

The 2019 Nissan Altima is the most fuel-efficient, it returns a combined 32MPG. While Ford Fusion and Kia Optima sit at the bottom of the list. Hyundai Sonata is right behind the Altima in terms of combined MPG, but a bigger gas tank allows it to have the highest combined range of 536 miles with Nissan Altima coming in second with 502 miles.

2019 Nissan Altima Interior

8.0/10

The 2019 Nissan Altima features a gorgeous interior design. Nissan has kept things simple, with buttons and dials at the center laid out in an ergonomic fashion. The dashboard has beautiful chrome accents or wood-colored trims depending on the trim you choose. The base trim offers no luxurious materials but the SR adds some leather. Leather-appointed seats are only available in the higher trims. The higher trims also feature a sunroof, ambient interior lighting, and heated and leather-wrapped steering wheels.

The S and SR trim come with an 8-way power driver’s seat and a 4-way manual front passenger’s seat. The cloth seat trim is standard. The SV adds 2-way lumbar support and heated front seats in the mix and also a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SL trim adds a 4-way power front passenger’s seat, and the seats are leather-appointed. The Platinum trim also adds driver’s seat memory. The front row is very roomy, and the rear row is also decent for average-sized adults. 

Models

2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Ford Fusion

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Hyundai Sonata

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (in.)

39.2/58.2/44.1

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.8/58.1/45.5

40.4/57.9/45.5

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (in.)

36.9/57.1/35.1

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.8/56.4/35.6

38.0/56.5/35.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

15.4

16.0

15.9

16.3

The Altima also offers a generous 15.4 cubic feet of cargo storage with a large cargo opening for ease of access and easy loading and unloading. The rear seats can also be folded in a 60/40-split for even more storage. It will easily fill all your daily needs and you can also go for long trips with suitcases and large bags. The Fusion has the most spacious interior overall. However, the others aren’t far behind. When it comes to cargo capacity, the figures are comparable with the Sonata taking the lead. Some interior features include:

  • Heated 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support
  • Leather front seats
  • Heated leather steering wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Vinyl door trim insert
  • The genuine wood instrument panel
  • Ambient interior lighting

What’s there to keep you entertained?

All the trims of the Altima come equipped with an 8” NissanConnect infotainment screen that sticks out from the center of the dashboard. The system is customizable and intuitive but it is slow and often lags behind inputs. The list of features is quite impressive even on the base trim, includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM Radio, illuminated USB ports, iPod interface, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and Google Assistant, NissanConnect Selective Service Internet Access, and OTA updates. 

The higher trim ups the ante and includes a 9-speaker Bose premium sound system, NissanConnect w/ navigation, Nissan door-to-door connected navigation w/ 3D building graphics, SiriusXM Traffic, etc. Optionally, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot can also be installed. Highlights of the infotainment features:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • NissanConnect navigation
  • Nissan door to door navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • Siri Eyes Free/Google Assistant
  • Optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

2019 Nissan Altima Exterior

8.5/10

The biggest change in the Altima is the new sleek design. The Nissan sedan looks very appealing, with beautiful curves and sharp angles and cuts. The handsome sedan poses a very confident stance now. The front fascia sports the classic Nissan “V”-shaped grille with chrome surround. The headlights are slanted with very sharp angles and cuts. The side profile offers a sporty vibe, with a gorgeous sloping rear roofline. 

The rear end also features striking taillights with a body-colored bumper and dual exhaust tips. The Edition ONE adds some unique touches such as 19” unique wheels and a unique spoiler. The S comes with 16” wheels and the SV and SL offer 17” wheels. The rest of the trims ride on 19” wheels. The lower trims come with halogen headlamps but the higher ones offer LED units. 

Models

2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Ford Fusion

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs)

3212

3410

3230

3247

Length (in.)

192.9

191.7

191.1

191.1

Width (in.)

72.9

75.2

73.2

73.4

Height (in.)

56.7

58.1

57.7

58.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.9

N/A

5.3

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

111.2

112.2

110.4

110.4

The Altima has the lowest ground clearance, while the Fusion has the longest wheelbase. All sedans look unique and striking in their right, despite the dimensions. The Ford Fusion is the lengthiest car and also the heaviest among the competition. Some of the exterior features in the 2019 Nissan Altima include:

  • 19” alloy wheels
  • Heated side mirrors with manual-folding
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights LED DRLs
  • Spoiler
  • Strut front suspension 
  • Quasi-dual stainless-steel exhaust
  • Multi-link rear suspension

2019 Nissan Altima Safety

9.2/10

The all-new Altima might have been built from scratch, but it’s an extremely safe vehicle. NHTSA gives it a full 5-star rating, with only a drop in the overall front star rating, where it gets a 4-star. It also has an excellent rollover risk of just 9.20%.
The Nissan Altima also shines in the IIHS ratings, with “GOOD” in all of the six Crashworthiness tests. It gets Acceptable/Medium in headlights, but that doesn’t stop it from bagging the 2019 Top Safety Pick. That speaks for itself. The lower trims do not offer the full suite of safety features, but still, do more than enough. As you go up the trims, more features are introduced, like:

  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • RearView back-up camera
  • Around View Monitor surround camera
  • Dual-stage airbags

2019 Nissan Altima Competition

7.3/10

2019 Nissan Altima vs 2019 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion is a little underpowered and not on the same level as the Altima when it comes to performance. However, the Fusion is more practical with its roomier interior and cargo space. The Fusion certainly has its fanbase, but the redesigned Altima looks more stylish and more modern. The Japanese sedan is also more fuel-efficient. For the 2019 iteration, Altima inches past Ford Fusion

2019 Nissan Altima vs 2019 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is a pretty convincing offering from the South Korean brand. It looks pretty good; it has a luxurious interior and also offers a lot of features. On the flip side, it's not as powerful or fast as the Nissan. It’s also quite behind on the fuel economy. Practicality is almost about the same in both. It also costs less. However, the Altima should get the nudge ahead here too, since it's got more positives.

2019 Nissan Altima vs 2019 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata is identical to the Optima since they share a lot of commonalities. The Sonata, like the Optima, is not as good a performer as the Japanese car. It's also less economical, but it does offer more range. With nice interiors and decent exterior styling, the Sonata is a well-rounded car. But once again, we would prefer the Altima.

2019 Nissan Altima Final Verdict

8.0/10

The redesigned Nissan Altima is an excellent family car. As it was already popular before, it will appeal to even more people now. It offers respectable performance, especially the 2.0L turbo. With tons of trims and options to customize, the Japanese sedan is surely looking to be one strong contender among the best players in the game.

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