2018 Nissan Altima Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Storm Blue
MSRP
$18,168 - $25,862
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MPG (up to)
27 City / 38 HWY
Horsepower
179-270
Seats
5

How 2018 Nissan Altima Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 3.9Comfort 4.2Styling 3.6Value 4.2

What's New

For 2018, Nissan has simplified the Altima’s lineup; the 2.5 and 3.5 SR trim levels are no longer available. Also, Automatic Emergency Braking and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning are now standard on all Altimas and the top-of-the-line Altima 3.5 SL receives standard Intelligent Cruise Control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Nissan Altima Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 2.5 S $18,168 - $20,361
Horsepower: 179 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
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chevronDown icon 2.5 SR $20,166 - $22,439
Horsepower: 179 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.5 SV $19,600 - $21,791
Horsepower: 179 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 2.5 SL $19,973 - $22,218
Horsepower: 179 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon 3.5 SL $23,309 - $25,862
Horsepower: 270 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.65
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Amazing car for the price! Great fuel economy and enhanced safety features make this car one of a kind!

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I absolutely love my Altima! It's spacious, comfortable, and drives extremely smoothly and quietly. The backup camera is extremely useful for anytime I have to reverse my car. It makes pulling out of my driveway or a parking spot THAT much easier and I can ALWAYS see what is behind me and how much room I have. The backup sensors/ camera also make parallel parking a breeze! One of my favorite features is the lane change lights on both side-view mirrors. When I am changing lanes, they will light up if I am not clear to go(for example if I have a car in my blind spot), though as soon as it is clear the light goes out and I know it's safe for me to merge lanes safely. The look of the car is beautiful and sporty, yet elegant and sophisticated. I am proud to drive my car and have others see me in it. It has all the bells and whistles! You can move the driver's seat into the perfect position and be completely comfortable even for an 8 hour trip like the one I took this past summer. I get incredible gas mileage and love that I can look at the dash and see exactly how many miles of gas I have left. Also, the tire pressures are displayed on the dash so if for any reason I ran over a nail and had a slow leak, I would immediately be alerted to the loss in tire pressure, allowing me to get somewhere safe before it ever went flat. It is Bluetooth compatible and I can make and answer calls using the buttons on my steering wheel when my phone is connected. The last thing I will say is that I love to be able to just press the "start" button instead of having to use a physical key. As long as I have the key fob in my purse/pocket, I can get right in and press START!

Jessica P
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2018 Altima SV- It’s a Dud

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Pretty disappointed In this car considering it was recommended by several people. Picked up off the lot new and now have 14,000 on it. To be fair the car is a company provided vehicle and there very few upgrades although it’s an SV. Problems have been many, car smells hot every time you park it, cruise control did not work ( only partially now), emergency braking / collision avoidance system turns itself off continuously ( especially in traffic or when driving in left lane by a partition), weather stripping came out on a section of the inside of the windshield, for a while leaked oil and finally lits extremely gutless when going up a hill or mountain pass. Not particularly comfortable on long drive even with zero gravity seat. The technology that came with this car is dated and lacks any appeal even over the most basic cars. The only redeeming qualities of the car are the milage and roominess.

Mike
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Very Reliable, Very Comfortable, Great Incentives, and VERY Affordable!

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I did have a 2016 Nissan Altima, but got rear ended and my car was totaled. Everything about the Nissan Altima saved my life so I got another one. I got the Midnight Edition sport in black on black. I love it! I love the leather interior with the sport blue trim. I love the touch screen display and I know I'm going to love the heated seats when it gets cold outside. I do miss the dual climate control and the sunroof, but it was less expensive to do with out. The seats are the zero gravity seats and they are so comfortable you don't mind driving for long periods. This is my 6th Nissan I've owned. They are completely reliable vehicles and this winter I will be purchasing a Pathfinder as well.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$18,168 - $20,361
$20,166 - $22,439

Horsepower

Horsepower
179 (hp)
179 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC 16
2.5L DOHC 16
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
45 (in.)
45 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40 (in.)
40 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.1 (in.)
36.1 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.1 (in.)
37.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.4 (cu. ft.)
15.4 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Optional
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Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/60TR16
P235/45VR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
109.3 (in.)
109.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 (ft.)
37.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
191.9 (in.)
191.9 (in.)

Width

Width
72 (in.)
72 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3212 (.lbs)
3258 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
179 (hp)
179 (hp)

Torque

Torque
177 (ft. lbs.)
177 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18 (gal.)
18 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
33 (mpg)
32 (mpg)

City

City
27 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
38 (mpg)
37 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
G
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Good
A
Acceptable
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Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning w/Aeb
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) Blind Spot Sensor
  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning w/Aeb and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • NissanConnect Services Emergency Sos
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (0)

This vehicle has no recalls.

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