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2019 Nissan Altima Edition ONE

2019 Nissan Altima Edition ONE

Small styling upgrades and extra tech help to introduce the sixth-gen Altima

Nissan released the Altima as a compact four-door sedan back in the early ‘90s, updating it to a mid-size model in 2001. The latest sixth-generation vehicle debuted at the New York International Auto Show earlier in 2018, and now, the Japanese automaker is offering a limited-run variant dubbed the Edition ONE. Designed for “early adopters” who love their tech and “value exclusivity,” this Altima comes with a few nice touches to help it stand out from the crowd.

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2019 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima

The sixth-generation sedan is here to take on the Camry and Accord

The Altima name goes back to the mid-1980s when it was used on a top-trim line of the Nissan Leopard and the Central American version of the Laurel. It became a stand-alone marque in 1992 when it replaced the Stanza in the U.S. Built in Tennessee starting with the 1993 model year; the Altima became one of the brand’s most successful vehicles in North America. To meet the high demand, Nissan is now building the sedan in two U.S. plants. With annual sales of more than 250,000 units during the past seven years, the fifth-generation is by far the most successful version of the Altima. But the existing sedan is being phased for the 2019 model year, replaced with a new model that broke cover at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

Redesigned from the ground up, the sixth-generation Altima employs a new design language based on the Vmotion 2.0 concept car from 2017. The redesign also introduced a new interior with more premium features, new technology, and, for the first time in this segment, semi-autonomous drive. Things get even better under the hood, where the Altima gained not only a revised version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder but also a brand-new, turbocharged four-banger. The latter replaces the old 3.5-liter V-6. Surprisingly enough, the new turbo-four is the variable compression ratio unit that Nissan debuted under the Infiniti brand. Overall, the sixth-generation Altima is the most advanced sedan in this market, but we will find out more about that in the review below.

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Nissan Teases the Next-Gen Altima Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show

Nissan Teases the Next-Gen Altima Before it Debuts at the New York Auto Show

We’ll see what the Nissan Altima is all about at the end of the month

The Nissan Altima is going to make its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show. We already know that much after Nissan released a teaser video a month ago. The Japanese automaker isn’t just stopping there, though. It also unveiled a sketch of the new model, complete with exaggerated design cues that suggest that the Altima will receive its share of stylistic updates.

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2017 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition

2017 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition

The Maxima’s popular package trickles down to the Altima

Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the current Nissan Altima was updated for 2016. Somewhat surprisingly, the facelift added many new features, as well as a significantly redesigned exterior with styling cues borrowed from the gorgeous Maxima. Inside, the sedan gained a new center stack, softer materials for the Zero Gravity seats, and blue accents for the SR trim. The engine compartment is the only one that remained unchanged, but it’s not something customers will complain about. For 2017, Nissan enhances the Altima by adding the Midnight Edition model.

Launched at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the Altima Midnight Edition is part of Nissan’s new offensive to offer this special-edition package on six models. Initially created for the Maxima in 2016, the Midnight Edition was a huge success last year, accounting for 85 percent of Maxima SR sales. As a result, Nissan wants the bundle on more cars, including the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder.

The idea of expanding the availability of the Midnight Edition package was driven by customers who loved the blackout treatment on Maxima SR and asked for it to be available on other popular Nissan vehicles,” said Christian Meunier, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “The six models offering Midnight Edition packages account for more than 75 percent of our U.S. sales, so we think they will find a receptive audience.”

Much like on the Maxima, the Altima’s Edition Package is restricted to the SR trim, but only the version powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The SR Midnight Edition is already available to order in the U.S. for small premium over the standard model.

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2016 Nissan Altima – Driven

2016 Nissan Altima – Driven

A nose job keeps Nissan’s aging sedan looking young(ish)

The fifth-generation Altima debuted for the 2013 model year and Nissan didn’t let it simmer too long before introducing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. The refresh is mild at best, consisting of a revised front fascia with Nissan’s V-motion corporate face and swoopy curves that mimic the Maxima’s. The greasy bits and interior remain basically untouched. But are these changes enough to keep the Altima selling at its record pace?

To find out, I spent a week with the 2016 Altima. Granted, the model year is currently rolling towards 2017, but Nissan isn’t making any changes. That makes the 2016 just as good to review.

The Altima is dug in hard against some fearsome competitors. There’s the hot-selling Honda Accord, the surprisingly upscale Volkswagen Passat, and the venerable Toyota Camry. As you might expect, the Toyota leads the segment in sales by a long shot, moving a whopping 429,355 Camries in 2015. Honda follows, having sold 355,557 Accords. Nissan isn’t too far behind, with 333.398 Altimas finding homes in 2015. Year over year, the Altima is maintaining is monthly sales goals in 2016, putting it on track to sell the same number as before.

Numbers aside, the Altima has a lot to offer. Leading headlines is fuel economy. The 2.5-liter Altima gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. Those are compact sedan numbers. In fact, only the Mazda 6 with its i-Eloop energy recovery system scores better, offering 40 mpg highway.

Despite is frugality, the Altima’s four-cylinder isn’t a complete penalty box. In fact, with its 182 horsepower, the 2.5-liter and CVT combination are surprisingly peppy. Yes, I normally complain about Continuously Variable Transmissions, but Nissan has been building them longer than just about anybody. It seems it has finally eliminated the rubber-banding effect that plagued CVTs of the past.

So, the 2016 Altima has a new face and some impressive fuel economy numbers. But what else does Nissan’s mid-level sedan have to offer? Keep reading to find out.

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2016 Nissan Altima – Driving Impression And Review

2016 Nissan Altima – Driving Impression And Review

The Nissan Altima was originally sold in the U.S. in 1992, and in 2001, it made the transition from compact to mid-size sedan. Considered one of the top entries in its segment, the Altima offers easy driving characteristics, a comfortable cabin, exciting performance, and high value. These assets have propelled the Altima to the top of Nissan’s sales charts, but throughout its five generations, it’s lagged behind similar products from Toyota and Honda. Nissan hopes to change that for the 2016 model year, giving the Altima “one of the most extensive mid-cycle product makeovers in Nissan history,” according to North America chairman José Muñoz. The changes are indeed quite dramatic, including a redesigned exterior and cabin, class-leading fuel efficiency, active safety technology, updated suspension, and the introduction of a sportier SR trim level. But is it enough to nose ahead of the competition?

I went to Plymouth, Michigan to find out. Located roughly 30 minutes west of Detroit, Plymouth is crisscrossed by long country roads, meandering two-lanes, and charming townships, offering a nice mix of environments to put the new Altima through its paces. I also got a chance to test out the new suspension on a parking lot slalom course and rough road course.

Updated 12/01/2015: We added a video overview showcasing the new model’s features. Enjoy!

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2016 - 2017 Nissan Altima

2016 - 2017 Nissan Altima

Redesigned for the 2013 model year, but built on the same Nissan D platform, the fifth-generation 2014-2015 Nissan Altima marked the beginning of a successful era for the Japanese automaker in North America’s crowded midsize segment. After lagging far behind both the 2015 Toyota Camry and the 2014 Honda Accord, the Altima a started to gain on its rivals, eventually outselling both of them in the final month of 2014. The fifth-gen car was well received, being praised for its smooth and quiet ride, comfortable seats, well-crafted interior and for being quite entertaining on twisty roads. Its strong fuel economy, a particularly important feat in this segment, also helped it gain a massive amount of followers. As we move into the 2016 model year, Nissan has rolled out a substantial refresh for the fifth-generation Altima.

Although facelifts rarely feature significant changes in terms of design, the 2016 Altima is an exception to the rule. It may have something to do with the extensive update the Toyota Camry received for 2015, but it’s also part of Nissan’s strategy to give its entire lineup a new look. In this case, the Altima borrows heavily from the new 2016 Nissan Maxima, which is based on the stunning 2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

In many ways, Nissan kept its promise to do "something significant" for the Altima for the mid-cycle update. Let’s see what this new sedan is all about.

Update 09/19/2016 Nissan has announced pricing for 2017 Nissan Altima. It continues to start out at $22,500 for the entry-level Altima 2.5 for 2017, but pricing for the Altima 3.5 models has increased slightly over last year. Check out the Prices section below for details.
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2014 Nissan Altima - Driven

2014 Nissan Altima - Driven

The Altima is a hot item for Nissan, giving it competition in the midsize rink with The Camry and Accord for best-selling bragging rights. The stakes are high in this sedan segment, with average sales figures topping 350,000 units a year. None of the three automakers can afford a mistake here.

Nissan upped the ante for 2013 with its fifth generation Altima, a sedan that took on a more sculpted look, a refined interior, and two engine options that cater to those wanting good fuel mileage or sportier performance.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the 2014 Altima. My tester came equipped with the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and the top-line SL trim package. It was loaded with nearly every feature available, including Navigation, blind spot and lane-departure warnings, Moving Object Detection, a moonroof, power everything, and a nine-speaker Bose sound system, among other things.

The Altima proved to be a competent daily driver with enough pep to maneuver through traffic while providing a comfortable ride and a no-nonsense demeanor. Its updated looks earned a few fans from my family members while its less-than-stellar steering earns a few gripes from my inner enthusiast.

For the full review and conclusion, click past the jump

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2014 - 2015 Nissan Altima

2014 - 2015 Nissan Altima

In a market that has no shortage of worthy competitors, the Nissan Altima has etched a name for itself that we just can’t overlook. Sure, more notable models like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry get more of the buzz, but the Altima, thanks to its redesigned exterior, sophisticated interior and a choice of two engines, is by no means a slouch.

For the 2014 model year, Nissan built on the changes made to the 2013 version to give the Altima more bang for your buck. The addition of the newest version of NissanConnect is a huge plus with connectivity to online apps never been easier.

That’s crucial for young buyers of the vehicle and Nissan did a good job of keeping the Altima look sporty and athletic to cater to a new wave of potential customers.

Updated 06/02/2014: Nissan announced prices for the 2015 Altima which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. Prices for the 2015 Altima will range from $22,300 for the base 2.5 version up to $31,950 for the 3.5 SL version.

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2014 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

2014 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar

We’ve already had a look and listen at Volvo’s engine for the V8 Supercars racing series, and now another equally uninspiring car is debuting. This time around, it’s the Nissan Altima Coupe that is showing that it can deliver on the race track.

There is no mention of what engine is under its hood, but it’s safe to say that there is some form of V-8, like the series’ name alludes to. This isn’t the Altima’s first crack at the V8 Supercars series, but this is a new design for the team.

The new aero package slapped on this hot Altima includes smaller scallops on the front bar and redesigned rear wing uprights. Also tweaked is the livery, as it now features a pearlescent yellow paint and reflective white vinyl in the "Norton" logo.

There will be two Altimas running the series, with James Moffat at the helm of the No. 360 car and Michael Caruso in the No. 36 car. The racing kicks off February 27th in Adelaide, South Australia and end December 7th in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales.

Click past the jump to read a little about the road-going 2013 Altima Coupe and to see the full racing schedule.

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2014 Nissan Altima Hybrid

2014 Nissan Altima Hybrid

The new Nissan Altima is enjoying a sales up-swing at the moment following a $580 price cut that took effect May 3 of this year. The cheapest Altima’s are now just below $22,000 up to just above $30,000 for the loaded V-6 SL model. This comes on the back of poor launch sales and critiques of the marshmallow driving characteristics.

The big news for the 2014 Altima is the introduction of an all-new, Nissan-developed hybrid drivetrain option.

From extensive technical previews of the new supercharged 2.5-liter four plus Li-Ion battery packs, Nissan is clearly proud of the system and will also roll it out on the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid for the first time.

Pre-2011 Ford and Nissan hybrids used technology from the Toyota Prius for the electrified system components including the transmission, power inverter, battery, and charging control unit via a licensing agreement. The Toyota-supplied components were then married to Ford or Nissan platform and engine designs.

As a result, the Altima Hybrid drove a lot like the Prius despite using a more-powerful gasoline engine for primary power. This is set to change with the new 2014 Altima Hybrid. The supercharged four-cylinder should deliver good torque and the use of lithium-ion batteries will mark a first for a mainstream, value-oriented hybrid sedan.

Will one Hybrid be enough to battle the Camry Hybrid, the Plug-in Honda Accord and the two hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion?

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2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar Series Race Car

2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar Series Race Car

For the first time in 20 years, Nissan is set to compete in Australia’s Supercar V8 Series and they’re doing so with the 2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar.

The car was unveiled at a special event in Melbourne and marks one of the first vehicles that aren’t Ford Falcons or Holden Commodores to compete in the V8 Supercar Series.

Together with its partner Kelly Racing, Nissan is planning to bring four of these models to compete in the 2013 season under the Nissan Motorsport banner. As far as modifications are concerned, the Altima V8 Supercar will get a NISMO-developed 5.0-liter VK56DE V8 engine. Incidentally, this Nismo-sourced V8 powertrain is the same engine that powered the Nissan GT-R FIA GT1 to the FIA GT1 World Championship title back in 2011. To comply with the V8 Supercar regulations, the engine’s displacement was actually reduced from 5.6 liter to 5.0 liters.

Talking to Australia’s Herald Sun, Kelly Racing co-owner and overseer of the Nissan Altima project Todd Kelly has high hopes for the Altima V8 Supercar leading up to its run in the 2013 season of the V8 Supercar Series.

"Factory support is the key to teams winning Bathurst and V8 Supercar championships," Kelly said.

"There’s nothing more exciting for a drive than to unveil a car with a brand new chassis that takes it to a new level.’’

UPDATE: 11/05/12: A week after Nissan pulled the covers off of the Altima V8 Supercar Racer, the automaker finished its first run of testing at Calder Park Raceway. At the end of the test session, the team seemed happy with the results, although they also cautioned that there’s more work that needs to be done to make the Altima V8 Supercar racer up to speed. Check out the video of the car’s test run by clicking on the photo above!

UPDATE 02/13/13: A few months after unveiling the Altima V8 Supercar Series Race Car, Nissan took it one step further with the debut of the actual race cars with their liveries in tow to go with the driver announcements for the two teams the Japanese automaker will be fielding in the V8 Supercar Series. Check out the fresh batch of pics in the gallery below!

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2013 Nissan Altima

2013 Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima has been around since 1992 and has seen four generational changes since its initial debut. After more than a month of teasing, Nisan finally debuted the fifth-generation Nissan Altima at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and with it came a redesigned exterior, updated interior, and even a little engine updates for one of the Altima’s two engines. Highlights of the exterior include an all-new grille design, a seamless front fascia, more muscular fenders, updated taillight units, projector headlights and dual exhaust system. Nissan really put work into the interior, bring the NissanConnect infotainment system and Advanced Drive-Assist display, a three-spoke steering wheel and some wood trim to go with metallic inserts throughout the cabin. If you’re wondering about the drivetrain department, Nissan carried over the 2.4-liter four-banger and the 3.5-liter V-6, with the four-cylinder getting an increase of seven horsepower.

On another side of things, the 2013 Altima was actually a bit larger than the outgoing model, but despite this, the car was actually 120 pounds lighter than before and was still the lights midsized sedan in its class. Outside of this, there are a couple of sad things to note as well. First, the six-speed manual transmission in the Altima sedan was discontinued due to slow sales – you know, since the few of us who would want the manual have to pay for the fact that the majority doesn’t. Furthermore, the Coupe was also discontinued for the 2014 model year, again likely due to slow sales.

The Altima eventually went on to go through a minor facelift in 2016 that brought about some new exterior styling, but we’ll save that for another discussion. For now, let’s take a look at the 2013 to 2015 Nissan Altima and everything that it brought to the midsized sedan market.

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2011 Nissan Altima Coupe

2011 Nissan Altima Coupe

With a relatively short history, the Nissan Altima Coupe enters the 2011 model year with no major updates compared to the previous model year. There are just two two new exterior colors – Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver and a $500 price increase.

As usual, customers will have to choose from four different versions: 2.5 S 6MT priced at $22,940, 2.5 S CVT $23,440, 3.5 SR 6MT $30,100, and 3.5 SR CVT $27,770. The 2.5 models are powered by a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and the 3.5 versions get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, each offered with a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT.

The model features the same aggressive front end exterior appearance with new grille and projector beam headlights, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), refined option package content, revised interior fabrics and finishers, and a new red leather-appointed interior color.

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