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.
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.