2018 Nissan Altima

Nissan has kept its promise when it comes to the facelift for the 2018 Nissan Altima model. Usually, when a designer outputs an updated model, you rarely see so many changes. Sometimes a mid-cycle facelift does not includes a whole lot of innovations coming for it. But the makers in Nissan said that the newest Altima is going to surprise everyone.

The fifth-generation Nissan Altima came out just a few years ago, but it had a slow start. People actually needed sometimes to realize how good the car actually is. The new Altima was made to be a fun vehicle to drive in and offered a pretty nice and smooth ride. The seats were very comfortable and the interior was exceptional as it brought a different level of entertainment to it. But what people did not realize about this model is that it would offer perhaps the best fuel economy ratings in the segment. By the end of the year, the Nissan Altima managed to outside all of the major competition models. Nobody could have predicted this and people immediately assumed that the Altima would struggle in a very competitive segment.

Now with the 2018 Nissan Altima we are getting more improvements than we have anticipated at first. There are a few reasons for the Altima to change so much. One of them is that the main competition vehicle, the Toyota Camry respectively, has been announced with a very extensive update. On the other hand, there is the matter of the latest Nissan Maxima being updated as well. The Maxima is going to lend much of its novelties to the Altima and it is all thanks to the latest Nissan Sport Sedan Concept model which they are using as a basis.


The 2018 Nissan Altima also represents the future of the lineup as most of the cars that are going to come out under the Nissan banner are expecting to gain similar characteristics and updates. You can read all about the release date and the information about the 2018 Altima right here in our review and it will help you get close to the car.

When is the 2018 Nissan Altima’s Release Date?

The extensive facelift whit the 2018 Nissan Altima will be getting has been talked for some time. It was the main topic of many analysts and fans as well. But it is only now that we have an official confirmation about the changes that are going to be introduced. What we expect is that the fans flock and that people continue to buy this car in the same volume as they did with the initial fifth-generation models. This one can only be better and it does not matter how much extensive updates the completion has been given. All in all, we are expecting the release date for the 2018 Nissan Altima at the start of the 2018 and we shall see how much the car will increase its sales.

Will the Price Change?

Unfortunately, the price of the 2018 Nissan Altima is liable to change. This was something to be expected. With the extensive changes the car has been given, it is only normal for it to change its price. This is not at all a bad thing as the price is still suitable for the compact segment. The base Altima 2.5 starts at $22,500 USD while the S version is priced $22,900 USD. We also have the SR offed for $24,470 USD, the SV priced at $25,460 USD and the SL which is going to go for $28,570 USD. As far as the 3.5 Altima geos the SR trim is priced $27,990 USD while the SL is offered for $32,690 USD.

Upgrades to the Exterior of 2018 Nissan Altima

It is pretty much noticeable that the 2018 Nissan Altima was going to gain the characteristics of the Maxima model. But it appears that they have done the right thing in doing so. The vehicle has improved and looks crisper, which what the designers were aiming for all along. The front end suffered the most changes as it added V-shaped grille and new headlamps which are longer and slimmer. The bumper was also changed and gained muscular characteristics. The rear of the car has remained mostly intact. There is a revised chrome trim and also a new spoiler. Add to that the newest bumper and we get a pretty fashionable appearance of the vehicle which the fans will appreciate a lot.

The profile is not changed and is the only part of the 2018 Nissan Altima that has been completely transferred. To tell the truth, the fifth generation model has an excellent profile so in earnest it did not have to change at all. The beltline is very nicely sculptured and the roofline is very sporty. Other novelties for the exterior include the new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels and a new exterior color, Deep Blue Pearl. The model has also gained added aerodynamic characteristics which lower the drag coefficient to 0.26.

2018 Nissan Altima Interior


The interior of the 2018 Nissan Altima is actually quite good looking. There have not been many complains in regards with the inside of the fifth-generation model. But introducing a new kind of a design was paramount in order to innovate the design even further. What they have decided to do is to redesign the center stack and add some new elements to the center console. The steering wheel is also new and the zero gravity seats have also been updated for more comfort and have softer materials.

The SR trim has the majority of the updates added for it. There are blue accents on the steering wheel now, the seats, door panels and there are several leather wrappings, namely on the steering wheel, gearshifter and door panels. There is going to be a choice between a five- or seven-inch display available for the NissanConnect SM with Mobile App.

What is the Engine Choice?

Under the hood of the 2018 Nissan Altima, things remain also the same. The model will features the same two engine option that the 5th generation vehicles started with. So we have a choice between 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6. The four cylinder version offers an output of 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while the V-6 is a stronger option that delivers 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. In order to create better and responsive shifting the model will use an Xtronic CVT transmission. The given option is still a valid one and will keep the stats of the vehicle in the same range as most of the competing models in the segment.


2018 Nissan Altima 0-60 mph and Top Speed

By keeping the engine options of the 2018 Nissan Altima the same, the acceleration and the top speed of the car are going to remain the same. This means that the vehicle will be able to rush to 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds with the top speed being 130 mph, as estimated. With these numbers the vehicle will keep a steady offer which other models in the segment also have. All in all, there are no improvements here but it is still very much competitive in terms of speed and acceleration.

What about the Fuel Economy of the 2018 Nissan Altima?

There are rumors which suggest that the 2018 Nissan Altima will gain an improvement when it comes to the fuel economy. The outgoing model has already given us great specs when it comes to fuel consumption and we did not believe that an improvement could be possible. But with the better aerodynamics that the car possesses it will help the car consume even less fuel. The EPA stats say that the four banger will make 39 mpg on the highway, 27 mpg in the city a combined rating of 26 mpg.

Safety Features

In terms of safety, the 2018 Nissan Altima is, well, secure. The vehicle is going to carry over the equipment which the previous vehicle started with and it is actually a good thing. It managed to get great scores before and it will only continue to the next model now. The outgoing mode received a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS and it tells a lot about the new model. Besides the standard set of airbags that the vehicle includes there are also going to be other highlights like Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Tire Pressure Monitoring, Moving Object Detection, a RearView Monitor and Smart Auto Headlights.

Dimensions of the 2018 Nissan Altima


As far as the size of the 2018 Nissan Altima vehicle goes, it is the same. There are no updates made in terms of enhancing the car this time. The wheelbase is 109.3 Inches with an overall length of 191.9 Inches. The overall width is 72.0 Inches and the height is 57.8 Inches.

Competition in the Segment

The 2018 Nissan Altima is still the top dog in the compact segment. But the usually company of rivals is still very much present. With the updated Toyota Camry it will also need to face the Honda Accord model. As said, these are cars which the Altima is very much familiar with so we will see who will come out on top this time. 


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New 2018 Nissan Altima Release Date, Specs & Info

Completely new for the upcoming year is the 2018 Nissan Altima design which features a much needed refresh which is going to keep the car competitive on the market still. The Altima did not start as strong as it is today as it needed to fight for its position on the already congested midsize segment market. The popularity started to gain and everything was built up from the 2013 model when Nissan employed a redesign which turned everything for the Altima.


This is going to be the continuation of the fifth-generation of the Altima which has started in 2013 with the legendary redesign that the car has been given. The introduction of the Nissan D platform was the mark of success and the model to go one step beyond even with the fact that it fell behind its rivals in points of sales as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord sold more cars. But the Altima actually made a later push and managed to outsell these models in a spectacular turnaround.


The Nissan Altiam is characterized by having a well balanced and comfortable interior with a smooth and quiet ride of the car. The favorable fuel economy is also one thing that makes the car desirable and the 2018 model promises to do more than that and bring in a fresh look and set of features for the car. Actually, this redesign is part of Nissan’s strategy which sees it remodeling their entire lineup giving them all new faces. It is also connected with the rivaling vehicles which have also announced an update that gives their models and extensive change.


You will be satisfied to know that a lot of the future Altima is actually borrowed form the current Nissan Maxima and the former Nissan Sport Sedan Concept. The refresh promises to do only good things for the brand and you can see it for yourself come release date which is scheduled for the end of this year or read about it before hand in the review in front of you.



Generally speaking, the 2018 Nissan Altima has retained its overall shape and size, but there are still a lot of additions that make the car different. Much of that is owed to the front end of the car which has gone through majority of the changes. Almsot everything besides the hood has been reshaped. Now there is a V-shaped grille placed instead of the old one as it resembles the Maxima model now and there are new headlights incorporated here as well. Below we see a muscular bumper with new foglamps and a center section that has a similar look as the grille has.


The rear end features changes which have been expected out of a mid-cycle refresh. Although pretty subtle, they are still there and make a good change for the car. The taillights have ne graphics added and the design also extends towards the trunk lid. There is a revised chrome trim added and also a new spoiler featured as well. The bumper also spots a much more crisper design with a couple of creases placed beneath the taillights as well. The profile remains the same as they decided to keep the nice beltline from before which is unarguably the best part of the car.


Other additions include the 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels  which are machined finished and a new color choices, dubbed the Deep Blue Pearl.


Available trims

The newest version of the 2018 Nissan Altima is going to come with its respective trim offers. Beside the base version there are several option to chose from as the S, SV and SL are making a comeback with the added option this year of the ST model trim.



The previous Altima has received some criticism about the design of its inside, but the 2018 Nissan Altima sees to fix all of the mistakes done by the previous models. If you are competing and a competitive segment like this one there are bound to be some mistakes, but when you manage to fix those mistakes correctly it can only bring your car to a different level. The changes of the 2018 version start with a redesigned center stack. The steering wheel has been refined and there are some extra cup holders added for convinces. The Zero Gravity seats have been kept for this model as well but have been updated with new materials which are a lot softer.


The SR trim actually expands the base offer and gives more things to get happy about. It receives blue accents on the inside which you can see on the door panels, steering wheel and seats, while the steering wheel and the shifter have been wrapped in premium leather. The sedan offers us the use of a  five- or seven-inch display for the NissanConnect SM and there is also the NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps available as well.


Engine specs

It appears that the powertrain of the 2018 Nissan Altima version is going to remain unchanged. The model is going to transfer the engine choices from before as they have deiced that a mid-cycle refresh does not need the strain of changing the engines. You will have the option of choosing between the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 engines, with the former one making  182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and the latter 270 horses and 251 pound-feet of torque. You can get both of the engines with a Xtronic CVT transmission which also adds  new shift logic which results in a more responsive acceleration from the car.



Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.3 in. (109.3 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.9 in. (191.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0 in. (72 in.)
Passenger volume: 102 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 15.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3197 lbs.
Top Speed: 115-130 mph
0-60: 6.1-7.7 sec
MPG: 27/39 mpg(city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Silver, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Gun Metallic, Java Metallic, Pearl White, Storm Blue, Super Black…
Towing Capacity: N/A



The safety features for the upcoming 2018 Nissan Altima are going to be mainly carried over from the previous car, which is not unnecessarily a bad thing. You get  front and rear head airbags, side-mounted airbags, dual front, rear door child safety locks, child seat anchors, and also a lot of driving aids to assist you. The best parts of the safety system is the addition of a Moving Object Detection,  Blind Spot Warning, Tire Pressure Monitoring,  Lane Departure Warning, RearView Monitor and Smart Auto Headlights. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  has given the newest Altima their top safety rating so you can feel more than safe in this car.

Our view


The boost of sales last year has paved a way for the 2018 Nissan Altima but also set a goal for it to do so much better. With this redesign we thing that it is more than possible that the Altima is going to make much more sales compared to last year. The model is certainly going to pass the Honda Accord this year as the newest model is pretty spectacular looking. The design is opening so much opportunities now and its sporty appearance is just what the latest model needs to record better sales. The addition of a new SR trim is also a successful addition which expands the offer from the Altima. Perhaps the only downfall is that there are no new engines or updated made to it, but the act that it is still competitive in terms of power with the competition means that the new engines offer was not needed. It may does not have the spectacular style as its Maxima sibling but great fuel economy and interior style make up or this fact.

Release date and price


The latest 2018 Nissan Altima is going to have its release date this year and is going to appear in November, although it is still labeled as a 2018 design. The price list has already been released and you can expect to get the base version at a price of $22,500 USD as base MSRP. The new SR version is going to be priced $24,470 USD while the highest price is $32,090 USD for the SL trim.

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