2018 Nissan Altima Preview
By Philly Murtha, April 03, 2018
- Standard Automotive Emergency Braking (AEB) and forward collision warning systems
- Top 3.5 SL trim comes with adaptive cruise and upgraded NissanConnect Standard rearview camera
- Standard push-button ignition
- New exterior color: Carnelian Red
- Midnight Edition “blackout” package for SR trim (added late 2017)
Nissan’s 5-seat midsize family sedan, Altima, first rolled off the Smyrna, TN, assembly line in’92 as a 1993 model. Last year, Altima ranked third in segment sales, after Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The fifth-generation Altima was last redone as a sleek new car in 2013. It’s only available as a 4-door sedan, since the coupe was discontinued in 2014. The 2018 Nissan Altima also is a safety star with Top Safety Pick+ designation.
Altima’s design is based on Nissan’s latest “Energetic Flow” architecture featuring a wide stance, sloping roofline, deep fenders and high trunk. For 2018, acoustic glass windshield is standard along with black V-Motion grille with chrome surround.
LED lighting systems on most trims offer a standard function that turns on lights when wipers are in use. Standard chrome dual exhaust tips, chrome door handles, trunk finisher add flair with available features including fog lights or heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals.
The 2018 Nissan Altima comes in four 2.5-liter variants available in S, SV, SL and SR trims and a 3.5-liter SL variant. The SR trim has a sportier look and feel with a sport-tuned suspension, 18-in. alloy wheels, smoked headlight housings and rear spoiler, while SV and SL trims add more advanced safety systems including radar-based blind spot monitor.
An advanced drive assist 4.0-in. display screen sits in the middle of the Altima instrument cluster on a dashboard that features standard 5.0-in. touch screen display with available upgrades to NissanConnect with navigation plus 7.0-in. screen. Bluetooth, VR and streaming audio, USB port, iPod connectivity and Siri Eyes Free are standard. Higher-end 3.5 SL trim comes with upgraded NissanConnect and Bose audiophile system with nine speakers.
Nissan Altima’s “zero gravity” seating for five includes adjustable driver and passenger buckets with 60/40 split fold-down rear bench for extra room. Altima’s trunk offers 15.4 cu.ft. of storage space. Standard upholstery is cloth with available leather or leatherette on some trims. Altima’s cabin features black and chrome trim with a choice of charcoal or beige interior treatments on upscale trims.
Several options packages are available including Convenience, Appearance and Technology groups. Altima 2.5 SR trim Midnight Edition “blackout” package includes all-black components—18-in. aluminum alloy wheels, V-Motion grille, mirror caps, spoiler, special badging and license plate finisher.
A 2018 Altima 2.5 SR Special Edition package adds upgraded NissanConnect with navigation, plus leather and leatherette appointed seats (heated) and unique wheel treatments. SV and SL Technology packages include a plethora of add-on features such as a power glass moonroof, upgraded NissanConnect with navigation.
Under the Hood:
All 2018 Nissan Altima trims (S, SV, SL and SR) are equipped with a standard 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 179 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. Additionally, SL is available with a 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 270 horsepower and 251-lb.ft. of torque. Active grille shutters are available to boost fuel economy on 4-cylinder variants. Both engines are mated with Nissan’s standard Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) for fuel efficiency.
EPA ratings for Altima trims with the 2.5-liter engine are 26 mpg/city and 37 mpg/ highway for a combined 30 mpg. The SL equipped with a 3.5-liter is rated at 22 mpg/city and 32 mpg/highway for a combined 26 mpg.
All Altima’s are equipped with Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System that features multiple air bags, sensors and LATCH system. All trims have two new standard automatic braking and forward collision warning systems. Blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, advanced cruise (standard on 3.5 SL trim) are available or standard on some trims.
The 2018 Nissan Altima receives an overall five out of five stars in federal crash tests, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Altima also earns a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with top “Good” ratings in all tests and receives a “Superior” for crash avoidance and mitigation.
Nissan’s next-generation 2019 Altima may be previewed at the 2018 New York International Auto Show with more technology and available all-wheel drive (AWD). For now, the 2018 Altima keeps up with standard rearview camera and two collision mitigation warning systems plus available advanced driver assistance systems. Meanwhile, ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driver assistance technology may be coming to Altima for 2019.