The redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima has a new engine. Some new features for 2019 also include more comfortable seats, improved infotainment tech with a larger touchscreen, and connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a full suite of semi-automatic driving features. The trims available on the Altima are the S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum. The SV is one of the most popular trims, but the SR is also gaining in popularity.
The five trims come standard with a new 3.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which has 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The new engine means that the V6 engine used in previous models is not available.
Front wheel drive is standard, but there is also the option for an all wheel drive system with a 2.5-liter engine, which is rare in the mid sedan segment. The new Altima gets 29 MPG combined, which is 3 MPG more than last year. The exterior gets a little update, due to moving the engine 180 degrees and causing a hood drop.
The base model offers a power driver’s seat and a 7.0-inch display in the center of the dashboard, along with automatic emergency braking, four USB ports, a remote engine start, and comfortable front seats. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity can’t be found from competitors. Neither the power driver’s seat nor four USB ports come standard in competitors' vehicles.
One of the great features of the newly redesigned Altima is the roominess of the cabin and the improved interior design. Even with the front seat adjusted, adults can sit comfortably in the back and there is room for everyone. The exterior design helps make it easier for rear visibility.
The 2019 Altima gets Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Automatic emergency braking is standard on all trims, but there are plenty of other safety features that come with the midlevel SV trim. There is 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space for those that need it as well.
Some of the safety features include blind spot monitoring, real automatic braking, automatic emergency braking that includes pedestrian detection, and ProPilot Assist. ProPilot Assist includes adaptive cruise control and a feature that will help drivers keep the car in their lane. When the adaptive cruise control is not on, the lane departure warning works to help keep the car on course. ProPilot Assist comes standard on the top three trims. There is also Nissan's Easy Tire Fill alert to help reduce uneasiness about checking the car’s tire pressure and ensure better fuel efficiency with a car that drives on full tires. Nissan’s Intelligent Trace Control will smoothly apply the brakes to help keep the car on the right track.
The all wheel drive powertrain is an option that sets the Altima apart from others. This is also the first time that Nissan is offering all wheel drive on a sedan. The all wheel drive powertrain will fade into the background during normal driving, but if conditions become severe, the system will send up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels. The fuel economy drops a little with the all wheel drive enabled, however.
The Platinum level Altima comes with a VC-Turbo engine, along with a surround view camera system, driver memory seat, and accent lighting, and looks great inside. This trim also includes exclusive wheels, upgraded floor mats, and illuminated sill plates. The Platinum level also comes with a heads up display and other ventilated front seats. For those who don’t need the powerful engine or 19-inch alloy wheels, the lower SL trim comes with leather seats and faux wood trim.