2019 Nissan Altima
Now with AWD
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- 01 Apr 2019
By James Park
In keeping with latest trends, McDonald’s now offers wide variety of new menus that did not exist even ten years ago. However, such staples as the Big Mac, Fillet o’ Fish and McNuggets remain widely in demand.
No doubt the crossover utilities get all the attention nowadays, but it’ll be a big mistake to ignore the traditional family sedan market, which is still going strong. That’s why most mainstream automakers including Toyota, Honda and Hyundai have all introduced new or significantly revised mid-size sedans during the recent months or planning to do so in the very near future.
For Nissan, newly unveiled competitor in this segment is the all new 2019 Altima. This stylishly sedan, as one way to distinguish itself from the Camry, Accord and Sonata – sales leaders in the segment – comes with all-wheel-drive for the first time. Presently, the only other mid-size rival offering AWD is Subaru Legacy (Ford Fusion has AWD option, but this car will soon go out of production).
Canadians, especially, like the added traction of AWD and all Altimas sold here will be thus equipped. Disappointingly, the only power-plant offered in Canada-bound Altimas is the naturally aspirated 2.5 litre four-cylinder mill with maximum 182 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque.
Nissan’s much hyped two-litre variable-compression turbo-four engine (first introduced in the Infiniti QX50) will only be available in the Altimas sold to our American cousins. However, turbocharged Altimas comes in FWD only. Whatever the case, Nissan only offers CVT for both engines.
Styling wise, the new Altima sports much more aggressive fascia than the model it replaces. The large V-Motion grill, crisp angles and creases, floating roofline all contribute to the new ‘Nissan image’ that grabs second and third looks. Handsome vehicle it is.
The car’s interior also gets high marks from this writer for its clean and elegant design. The new infotainment system with bigger touch-screen is easy to use and offers both Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. Simple dials and buttons for the HVAC are also appreciated, but the placement of ignition switch, down beside the shifter, feels bit inconvenient.
Canada’s Altima lineup consists of the base S model starting from $27,998 before taxes and mandatory fees. Move up to SV for $31,498 and the top-of-the-line Platinum demands $34,998. Considering that these all come with AWD, prices are quite competitive.
Furthermore, the SV and Platinum have another trick up their sleeves called the ProPilot Assist, Nissan’s version of semi-autonomous driving algorithm. Simply push the blue button on the steering wheel, set the speed and the car automatically follows the lane it’s in, keeps distance with the car in front and slows down or even stops when needed. For the most part, the system works as advertised.
The Platinum model provided to this writer also comes with excellent Bose audio, navigation, remote start, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, power moonroof, etc. The seats are all-day comfortable and the flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel is nice and thick.
Befitting a mid-size sedan, the interior is expectedly roomy and there is plenty of legroom for backseat passengers to be comfortable during long rides. The trunk has enough space to carry five golf bags easy or week-worth of groceries for a family of four. All the materials used throughout the interior look high-quality and the fit and finish also seems to be above average.
According to Nissan, the 2.5 litre engine is 80% new. The big four-banger does sound less coarse than before but at the end of the day, 182 horsepower is adequate at best. Power is good for most everyday situations but the motor struggles when pressed. As for the CVT, it does good job of imitating a conventional transmission for the most part. At critical times, though, it’ll remind you that it’s a CVT.
The aforementioned thick, leather-wrapped and flat-bottomed sporty steering wheel, unfortunately, is little too light and does not give the driver any feedback at all. At least the steering is accurate and the car handles relatively well.
The Altima is no sports car, but one should never expect it to be. As a family sedan, it excels with roomy and comfortable interior and comes with latest tech and safety equipments. The car has decent power, gets good fuel mileage and boosts the driver’s confidence with the standard AWD. Canadian consumers should definitely keep the new Altima in mind. (James Park is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.)
2019 Nissan Altima Platinum
As tested: $35,298
Engine: 2.5 litre four
Power: 182 hp/178 lb-ft
Fuel: 9.3 litres per 100km (city), 6.7 litres (highway)
Best: all Canadian models get AWD
Worst: turbo engine for Americans only
Competition: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Subaru Legacy
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