The Nissan Altima has always been a decent car, and it has sold well over the last several years. Despite its high sales numbers, the car has been behind the competition in terms of driving enjoyment, technology, and quality of materials. The Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata were better cars in many ways. That will change with the 2019 Altima. The car’s new design narrows the gap considerably, giving it a legitimate space near the top of the category.

2019 Nissan Altima front end

Nissan showed off the new Altima at the New York Auto Show with a new look, a base engine that was about 80 percent new, more tech, optional all-wheel drive, and a new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine. Unfortunately, you can’t get that engine with all-wheel drive.

The 2019 Altima is better-looking than before. It sports some styling elements, such as the lights and side body panels, that remind us of the Vmotion 2.0 concept car Nissan showed off in 2017. That’s a very good thing. The car is longer, lower, and wider, with a better stance and improved presence. The interior looks upgraded, too. It has higher class materials and an upgraded infotainment system. Overall, the vehicle should now be a closer competitor with the class leaders.

2019 Nissan Altima rear view of the vehicle

Here are some of the car’s specific details:

  • The 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter CV-Turbo four-cylinder makes 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Both are mated to a CVT (all-wheel drive available only with 2.5-liter engine).
  • Nissan offers an 8-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system. The system now supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Nissan Connect’s connected services. The connected services provide over the air updates, remote locking and unlocking, and remote starting of the car.
  • The new Altima comes with plenty of standard safety tech, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver alertness monitor.
  • Additional safety equipment includes a 360-degree camera, rear automatic braking, traffic sign recognition, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, and rear automatic braking.
  • Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving tech. Pro-Pilot assist is standard on SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels.

The 2019 Nissan Altima’s prices haven’t been announced. That detail will have an impact on how it actually competes with the competition, but we’d have to say, from the spec sheet and photos, it looks as if Nissan is able to offer some unique features with the Altima. If its price is right, and the car is marketed correctly, the new 2019 Altima will indeed be one of the top players in the highly competitive mid-size sedan market.

The 2019 Nissan Altima sedan profile

2019 Nissan Altima rear view of the car

2019 Nissan altima steering wheel and dash

2019 Nissan Altima center console

2019 Nissan Altima interior seats

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